Physical Therapy

New Hybrid DPT Program

8 semesters - 96 total credit hours

Course Description

The Hybrid DPT program is a new program that consists of 8 semesters, 96 credit hours.

This entry level program allows students to obtain an array of real-world skills beyond the classroom like independent research skills, proficient communication, and time management to optimize learning.

The program is a blend of online and onsite activities. The online activities may be self-paced or live with faculty instruction in real time. Each semester, the on-campus requirement will vary but will be at minimum an immersion session (7-10 days) at finals and sometimes an immersion session (7-10 days) at midterm.

Students will attend 1-2 immersion sessions per semester which will include weekends. The on-campus dates for the entirety of the program will be published at the time of interview for the program. This will allow adequate time for planning travel and housing arrangements.

There are three clinical rotations each ranging from a length of duration of 8-12 weeks. Many of the programs that exist in the Traditional residential program will be offered to the Hybrid students including pro bono volunteering, global health, healer track, interprofessional activities, and scholarships.

The hybrid program mirrors the traditional program in sequence and there will be overlap in the coursework both cohorts of students are taking. We are excited for this new opportunity to educate our students!

Attend an information session or open house for more information.

  • Hybrid DPT Curriculum

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    Fall IPHYT 6108Hybrid Legal and Ethical Issues in Physical Therapy1
    Fall IPHYT 6222Lifespan Development2
    Fall IPHYT 6311Clinical Pathology for Rehabilitation Specialists3
    Fall IPHYT 6419Hybrid Clinical Human Anatomy4
    Fall IPHYT 6541Hybrid Physical Therapy Examination Skills5
    Total: 15
    Spring IPHYT 6216Exercise Physiology2
    Spring IPHYT 6220Evidence-Based Practice in Physical Therapy2
    Spring IPHYT 6313Neuroscience for Health Professionals3
    Spring IPHYT 6314Movement Science I3
    Spring IPHYT 6443Hybrid Therapeutic Interventions4
    Total: 14
    Summer IPHYT 6109Hybrid Professionalism in Physical Therapy1
    Summer IPHYT 6424Hybrid Assistive Technology & Functional Training4
    Summer IPHYT 6315Movement Science II3
    Summer IPHYT 6262Diagnosis and Management of Integumentary Dysfunction2
    Summer IPHYT 6436Hybrid Management of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Function4
    Total: 14
    Fall II*PHYT 6585Hybrid Level Clinical Education 15
    Fall II*PHYT 6286Pharmacology for Rehabilitation Specialists2
    Fall II*PHYT 6285Medical Diagnostics for the Physical Therapist2
    Fall II*PHYT 6345Hybrid Physical Agents and Pain Science3

    Total: 12
    * 10-week clinical followed by 6-week didactic

    Spring IIPHYT 6326Management and Health Systems in Physical Therapy3
    Spring IIPHYT 6236Hybrid Orthotics and Prosthetics2
    Spring IIPHYT 6468Hybrid Management of Neuromuscular Function 14
    Spring IIPHYT 6469Hybrid Management of Upper Quarter Musculoskeletal Function4
    Total: 13
    Summer II**PHYT 6225Psychosocial Aspects of Disability2
    Summer II**PHYT 6485Hybrid Clinical Education 24
    Summer II**PHYT 6471Hybrid Management of Lower Quarter Musculoskeletal Function4
    Total: 10
    ** 6-week didactic followed by 8-week clinical
    Fall IIIPHYT 6386Hybrid Management of Pediatric Conditions Across the Continuum3
    Fall IIIPHYT 6113Hybrid Capstone 11
    Fall IIIPHYT 6470Hybrid Management of Neuromuscular Function 24
    Fall IIIPHYT 6303Hybrid Differential Diagnosis for Physical Therapists3
    Total: 11
    Spring IIIPHYT 6114Hybrid Capstone 21
    Spring IIIPHYT 6685Hybrid Level Clinical Education 36
    Total: 7
    *** 12-week clinical rotation

    Total Degree Plan Credits: 96 credits

Admissions Requirements

Application Deadline: November 1

To be considered for admission to the Hybrid Doctor of Physical Therapy program, applicants must present official documentation of the following student competencies:

  • GPA - Grade Point Average
    • Cumulative Minimum: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or Last 90 hours
    • Math/Science: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
      • Courses coded MATH, BIOL, CHEM, PHYS. Kinesiology and Statistics courses are not included in this calculation.
    • Note: We will use the higher GPA score from your cumulative GPA or the GPA from your last 90 hours.
  • GRE - Graduate Record Examination
    • All GRE scores, transcripts, recommendations, and student profile information must be submitted to the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS), even if you are a re-applicant or have already sent the score directly to UTMB. Your name must match exactly on both the GRE and PTCAS application.
      • GRE scores must be sent using code 3775.
  • Admissions Criteria
    • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university completed by May of the year in which you wish to begin the PT program.
    • Submission of three (3) references with email addresses from online recommendations to PTCAS. At least one reference must be a PT who supervised your work or volunteer experience.
    • Student honors and awards, professional and community involvement, and work or volunteer experience will be submitted via the PTCAS online application.
    • PT work or volunteer experience submitted to PTCAS. At least 80 hours of volunteer or paid experience in a physical therapy settings are required.
  • Bridge Program Courses

    Total Credit Hours: 40

    These are the prerequisite courses required of Hybrid DPT applicants:

    Note: Hybrid DPT applicants must complete 40 hours of the following prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better. All Math and Science prerequisite credits must be less than 10 years old. Class numbers are a guide only based on Texas Number system. It is not all inclusive. Numbering may vary school to school.

    General Chemistry for Science Majors with lab
    CHEM 1411 & 1412
    College or University Physics with lab
    PHYS 1401 & 1402 or above
    Biology for Science Majors with lab
    BIOL 1406 & 1407
    Physiology with lab *4
    College Algebra, Trigonometry, or Calculus
    MATH 1414
    Statistics **3
    General Psychology
    PSYC 2301
    Developmental Psychology ***
    PSYC 2314 / 2312


    * Physiology with lab - May be a Vertebrate, Chordate, Comparative or Human Physiology course. Must include lab. Must be a course for science majors. Anatomy & Physiology I and II can be used to meet this requirement.

    ** Statistics - Upper level psychology, sociology or education based is preferred. Must include ANOVA (Analysis of Variance)

    *** Developmental Psychology - Abnormal Psychology will not count.

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. The top 150 candidates will be invited for an interview. Interviews will be held throughout the fall and final acceptance letters will be sent out early next year.
  5. 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.
  6. Once accepted, all selected students will be required to undergo a background check for security clearance in order to matriculate at UTMB and other off-campus clinical training facilities.
  7. Admissions decisions are final; unsuccessful applicants may contact the Admissions chairperson for advice on how to strengthen their application and reapply in subsequent cycles/years. Requests for review will be assessed between April-June of each year. Email us at
  8. Admissions decisions are based on a folder review and interview score. This holistic review allows the top 54 scoring applicants to be accepted into the program following the total sum of folder review from PTCAS and interview score as a holistic process.
  9. The department admissions committee is comprised of 8 PT faculty members who are charged with selecting each incoming class based on folder review. Core faculty and associated faculty perform interviews on interview day.
  10. All applicant communications with admissions staff may be considered as part of the application review, including email correspondence and phone calls.

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