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UTMB DPT Admission Procedures

The Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Texas Medical Branch uses the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). Applicants applying to the entry-level physical therapist education program will apply online using the PTCAS application. To learn more about the PTCAS application process, visit www.ptcas.org.

  • Applications Open: July 1
  • Deadline: November 1

To apply to our  program please go to https://portal.ptcas.org/

All transcripts, GRE scores, recommendations, PT hours, and student profile information must be submitted to PTCAS by the deadline mentioned above.

PTCAS Applicant Support

PTCAS has a team dedicated to helping applicants with the application process.  Applicants with PTCAS application questions or issues should contact the PTCAS Customer Service Team.  The PTCAS Customer Service Team hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9 am - 5 pm ET.  Their phone number is 617-612-2040 and their email address is ptcasinfo@ptcas.orgWhen contacting via email, applicants should include their full name, PTCAS ID number and a detailed question.  The PTCAS Customer Service Team can also be contacted by mail at PTCAS, P.O. Box 9138, Watertown, MA 02471.

PTCAS FAQs and Application Instructions
Application FAQs: https://portal.ptcas.org/ptcasHelpPages/frequently-asked-questions/
Application Instructions: https://portal.ptcas.org/ptcasHelpPages/instructions/general-instructions/

UTMB DPT Admission Requirements

Admission to the UTMB DPT Program is a competitive process that requires the following steps:

  • Complete a Bachelor's Degree and all pre-requisite courses by May of the year in which you wish to begin the PT program.
  • Complete 40 hours of specific UTMB prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better. All Math and Science prerequisite credits must be less than 10 years old.
  • Have a minimum of 3.0 overall GPA OR the GPA for the last 90 hours (we will use the higher of those two GPA scores)
  • Have a minimum of 3.0 math/science GPA on all courses coded MATH, BIOL, CHEM, PHYS. (Kinesiology and statistics courses are not included in this calculation.)
  • Submit the score of the Graduate Record Examination to PTCAS. GRE scores are valid for 5 years from date taken. UTMB DPT GRE code is 3775. Please note that GRE code 3775 is for DPT applicants applying through PTCAS. Bridge PTA to DPT applicants should use the GRE code identified on the Bridge PTA to DPT Prospective Students page.
  • Submit 3 names with email addresses for online recommendations to PTCAS. At least one person must be a Physical Therapist who supervised your work or volunteer experience.
  • Student honors and awards, professional and community involvement, and work/volunteer experience will be submitted via the PTCAS online application.
  • PT work or volunteer experience will be submitted to PTCAS. At least 80 hours of volunteer or paid experience in a physical therapy settings are required.

Review Process

Once PTCAS has verified your file, your data will be downloaded into our system and you will receive an email from UTMB Enrollment Services with instructions about the supplemental form and fee. Verification by PTCAS may take several weeks. Once your UTMB supplemental application is received with your payment, you will be given a UTMB ID number for access to MYSTAR - the UTMB portal for online access to your account information. The UTMB PTCAS deadline is November 1. Your file will not be considered if all admission materials are not received by the deadline.

Once your file is complete, the UTMB PT Department Admission Committee will review your file. We have a rolling admission process which means that the top students will receive interview invitations and acceptance letters early. Others may not hear from us for several months as we determine the top 150 students that will be invited to interview. Interviews will be held through the fall and final acceptance letters will be sent in early 2015. Please do not contact the PT department for status updates unless you have not heard from us by December 1.

Applications are scored on a variety of factors including overall GPA OR last 90 hours AND math/science GPA, recommendation scores, file folder review including GRE score and essay, and personal interview. Selection for the DPT program is highly competitive.

DPT Student Profile:

Average GPA: 3.75
Average GRE Scores: 310
PT experience > 100 hours in varied settings

IF YOU ARE SELECTED - SECURITY CLEARANCE

On January 1, 2004, a Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO) standard became effective that requires criminal background check(s) for security purposes on all employees, staff, and volunteers who supervise care, render treatment, and provide services. Individual institutions have been given the responsibility for mandating this clearance for students. In keeping with this policy, ALL Department of Physical Therapy students will be required to undergo background check(s) for security clearance in order to matriculate at UTMB and other off-campus clinical training facilities. Students who do not pass the security clearance may be subject to a HOLD on enrollment, rescheduling of training opportunities, or delay of graduation and may in fact impact licensure after graduation. If a question does exist about an issue raised in your background check, it is best identified early. The Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners for the State of Texas will be instrumental in deciding whether an issue raised in the background check will or will not effect an individual's eligibility for licensure; the earlier this council can work with a student the quicker a decision can be made. (Excerpts from UTMB SOM and SON student policies)