Physical Therapy

COVID-19 Updates for New Applicants

Attention prospective DPT applicants

With unprecedented and evolving changes in higher education caused by COVID-19, there are updates to the Admissions process for the 2020-2021 cycle for the Residential DPT program. Please review the updates below.

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The Residential Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program requires 40 semester hours of prerequisites for admission and 100 semester hours (three years) of professional courses after entry into the program.

  • Residential DPT Program Courses

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    Fall IPHYT 6110Surface Anatomy1
    Fall IPHYT 6222Lifespan Development2
    Fall IPHYT 6311Clinical Pathology for Rehabilitation Specialists3
    Fall IPHYT 6418Human Anatomy for Rehabilitation Professionals4
    Fall IPHYT 6441Clinical Examination in Physical Therapy4
    Total: 14
    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 6343Exercise & Manual Techniques in Physical Therapy3
    Total: 13
    Summer IPHYT 6223Professional Issues in Health Care and Physical Therapy2
    Summer IPHYT 6262Diagnosis and Management of Integumentary Dysfunction2
    Summer IPHYT 6315Movement Science II3
    Summer IPHYT 6442Physical Therapy Functioning Training4
    Summer IPHYT 6463Diagnosis and Management of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Dysfunction4
    Total: 15
    Fall IIPHYT 6285Medical Diagnostics for the Physical Therapist2
    Fall II PHYT 6286Pharmacology for Rehabilitation Specialists2
    Fall IIPHYT 6344Physical Agents and Pain Management in Physical Therapy3
    Fall IIPHYT 6581Clinical Education I Entry Level5
    Total: 12
    Spring IIPHYT 6224Medical Spanish for Rehabilitation Specialists2
    Spring II PHYT 6326Management and Health Systems in Physical Therapy3
    Spring IIPHYT 6464Diagnosis and Management of Neuromuscular Dysfunction I4
    Spring IIPHYT 6465Diagnosis and Management of Musculoskeletal Spinal Dysfunction4
    Total: 13
    Summer IIPHYT 6225Psychosocial Aspects of Disability2
    Summer II PHYT 6263Advanced Orthotics and Prosthetics2
    Summer IIPHYT 6390Diagnosis and Management of Lower Extremity Musculoskeletal Dysfunction3
    Summer IIPHYT 6467Diagnosis and Management of Neuromuscular Dysfunction II4
    Total: 11
    Fall IIIPHYT 6290Diagnosis and Management of Upper Extremity Musculoskeletal Dysfunction2
    Fall IIIPHYT 6302Physical Therapy Differential Diagnosis3
    Fall IIIPHYT 6368Diagnosis and Management of Developmental Dysfunction3
    Total: 8
    Spring IIIPHYT 6882Clinical Education II (12-week clinical rotation)6
    Total: 6
    Summer IIIPHYT 6227Evidence-Based Seminar2
    Summer IIIPHYT 6684Clinical Education III (12-week clinical rotation)6
    Total: 8

    Total Degree Plan Credits: 100 credits

Admissions Requirements

Application Deadline: November 1

To be considered for admission to the Residential 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.
  • Prerequisite Courses

    Total Credit Hours: 40

    These are the prerequisite courses required of Residential DPT applicants:

    Note: Residential 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.

  • DPT Class of 2022
    Average Math/Science GPAAverage Overall GPAAverage GRE ScoreAverage number of hours of observationAverage score of letters of recommendation

Application Process

  1. Complete and submit your PTCAS application. Note: 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.

COVID-19 Updates for New Applicants

PTCAS Application Submission Deadline

The admissions process above remains the same. PTCAS access will open on June 17, 2020. You will be allowed to access the application and begin inputting data.

On July 1, 2020, the application will open for submission and you may begin submitting on this date.

Deadline: November 1, 2020. We will review your application in the order in which it is received and verified.


With undergraduate programs changing grading scales to Pass/Fail (P/F) or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U), we will accept P/F or S/U grading for any 2020 coursework.

For all prerequisites, we are requiring a Pass or Satisfactory scoring. If you scored fail or unsatisfactory, credit will not be awarded for that prerequisite course.

We are accepting Pass or Satisfactory for up to 8 credit hours of prerequisite coursework in BIO, CHEM, PHYSICS, and PHYSIOLOGY.

We are accepting Pass or Satisfactory for all remaining prerequisite coursework in MATH, STATS, DEV PSYCH, and PSYCH.

Lab Coursework Prerequisite

With undergraduate programs transitioning to online coursework for Spring and Summer 2020 courses, we are waiving the in-person lab coursework requirement for science prerequisites. You may complete science prerequisites online in Spring and Summer 2020 only, with a cap of 8 credit hours on a P/F or S/U scale, no cap of online coursework for Residential grading scale for Spring and Summer 2020 only.

Additional Application Question

PTCAS will add an additional question to the application for the upcoming cycle. The new optional question is intended to allow applicants to share with designated programs how the COVID-19 pandemic has specifically impacted their journey toward a DPT education, either personally or educationally. We ask that if you feel you have been affected educationally, personally, or professionally, that you complete this optional additional question.


With test facilities closing in parts of the country and scheduled test dates being canceled or postponed, we have allowed for a deadline of October 1, 2020 as the last acceptable test date for this cycle. Additionally, we will accept the new at-home GRE testing being offered by ETS in place of in-person exams for this cycle only. More information on the home GRE testing is available on the ETS website.

PT Observation Hours

We are extending the deadline for completion of 80 hours as applicants may have difficulty obtaining or completing shadowing experiences as facilities adjust to providing care during this public health pandemic. Instead of 80 hours due at the time of submission of the application, we are extending the deadline to May 2021, when all degrees and prerequisite work is due. If you are accepted, we will be monitoring for completion of 80 hours and your acceptance to the program is contingent upon successful completion. We encourage you however to attempt to have as many hours completed at the time of application, as possible.

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