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Bridge PTA to DPT Graduate Outcome Measures

Year of Graduation Number enrolled Percent
Graduation Rate
Ultimate NPTE
Pass Rate
% Employed within 6 months of passing licensure exam
2017 18 80% 100% 100%

Bridge PTA to DPT Planning Information

The University of Texas Medical Branch's School of Health Professions is now offering a hybrid based program with minimal on-campus requirements for Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) to earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. The on-campus requirements consist of three to four Thursday-Sunday visits per semester.

In order to be successful in this program, we recommend you work a maximum of 20 hours per week during the didactic portion of your program. Your ability to work with patients, either PRN or part-time (up to 20 hours) will be necessary for you to complete required coursework for some of the classes. You will not be able to work during the full-time clinical rotations interspersed at the end of each of the last 4 semesters. This may require a leave of absence from work.

The BRIDGE program will prepare the student in patient management from evaluation to treatment, application of evidence based practice, leadership, education and research.

View Admission Procedures, Prerequisites and Requirements for more information.

You may contact our Admissions Coordinator, Donna Swanson by email at or by phone at 409-772-3068, with any questions.

The Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Texas Medical Branch uses the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). Applicants applying to the PTA to DPT Bridge Program will apply online using the PTCAS application. To learn more about the PTCAS application process, visit

Applications will open on July 1, 2017 and will close on November 1, 2017. To apply to our program please go to

All transcripts, GRE scores, recommendations, and student profile information must be submitted to PTCAS by the deadline mentioned above. Student Profile information should be submitted via email to

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 When 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

*RSVP to attend one of our on-campus Bridge Open Houses*

For details visit our Open House page.

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The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Texas Medical Branch is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)

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