Physical Therapy

PTA to DPT Bridge Program

COVID-19 Updates

Attention prospective PTA to DPT Bridge applicants

Any anomalies in your transcript because of the COVID-19 disruption will be reviewed by the admissions committee. You may contact Dr. Lynne Hughes, admissions chair, for advisement prior to application by emailing

Note: In order to comply with the new CAPTE criteria the Bridge PTA to DPT curriculum has recently been updated to increase clinical rotation hours from 20 to 30 weeks. This change extends the program from six semesters to seven semesters.


The hybrid-based PTA to DPT Bridge Program is designed for Physical Therapist Assistants who are able to work a maximum of 20 hours per week while enrolled in the program. Students must already have a Bachelor's degree and a current Physical Therapist Assistant license with two years of experience in addition to 44 semester hours of prerequisites required for admission before entering the program.

  • Bridge Program Curriculum

Admissions Requirements

Application Deadline: October 1

To be considered for admission to the PTA to DPT Bridge program, applicants must present official documentation of the following student competencies:

  • GPA - Grade Point Average
  • GRE - Graduate Record Examination
  • Admissions Criteria
  • Bridge Program Prerequisites

Application Process

  1. Complete and submit your PTCAS applicationNote: Your application will be considered incomplete if there is missing information, including GRE scores, and/or documentation by the published deadlines, and will not be processed due to the volume of applications received.
  2. Complete and submit your supplemental application once UTMB Enrollment Services receives and processes your PTCAS application. Applicants will also need to send payment. Once both are received, applicants will be given a UTMB ID number for access to MyStar.
  3. The UTMB Department of Physical Therapy will notify all applicants via email when their applications have been received and when the admissions decision has been made. Please allow several weeks for processing.
  4. UTMB has a rolling admissions process; therefore, your application is open until you hear from us with a final decision. If you do not hear from us by December 1, please contact us 409-772-3068 or email to inquire about the status of your application.

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