2019-20 Applicants

University of Nebraska Medical Center


Contact Information more...

Sara Bills
Admissions Committee Chair
Physical Therapy Education Program
University of Nebraska Medical Center
984420 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha NE, 68198
(402) 559-6673
(402) 559-4259
CAHPadmissions@unmc.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/21/2020
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degree

Additional information about the class profile
Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply regardless of residency; as a state institution preference is given to applicants who are residents of Nebraska. Preference is also given to residents from states without accredited DPT programs (Wyoming, Alaska and Hawaii).
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
65
Anticipated size of next entering class
66
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
83%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
8%
% of INTERNATIONAL (non-U.S./non-Canadian)
9%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Sex

% Male
42%
% Female
58%

Race / Ethnicity

% Asian
11%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
80%
% Two or More Races
5%
% Declining to State
4%

Program Description more...

At the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), we value well-rounded, unique individuals, and strive to create a diverse learning community so that our graduates can provide excellent health care to all individuals and communities. Our program performs a holistic review of each applicant, and admissions decisions are based on careful consideration of each applicant’s experiences, attributes and academic metrics.

Why apply to UNMC?
INNOVATION AND EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING: According to the 2019 ranking of the nation's top graduate schools by U.S. News & World Report, our UNMC physical therapy program was ranked 28th! We pride ourselves on excellence in teaching and benefit from being part of a world-class medical center with top-notch facilities. Students at UNMC learn in an environment that embraces the innovation of tomorrow while maintaining low student-to-faculty ratios and small-group learning. UNMC was one of the first public institutions to offer the entry-level DPT degree, accepting its first doctoral-level class in 2000. Accredited since 1972, the UNMC Physical Therapy Program is designed to provide a broad scope education for entry-level practitioners.

ABUNDANT OPPORTUNITIES: DPT students are not required to complete a formal thesis, but are welcome to participate in clinical and basic science research alongside the faculty within our large academic health science center. Students can also take advantage of local, national and international service opportunities. Intramural sports are popular, as are annual social events (open to all UNMC professional students).

TWO CAMPUS CHOICES: In Omaha, the program is located on an academic health science center campus, enabling interaction with over a dozen other health education programs. We enjoy a strong relationship with our affiliated teaching hospital, Nebraska Medicine. Students take classes in the state-of-the-art, $53 million Sorrell Center for Health Science Education and a renovated (~$1 million) gross anatomy laboratory. In addition, patient simulations using various levels of technology are included throughout the curriculum (see the virtual tour of the Clinical Skills Center in the Michael Sorrell Center on our website). There are service learning and leadership opportunities available in UNMC student-run clinics.

In Kearney, the program is located on the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus. The new $19 million Health Science Education facility in Kearney houses several College of Allied Health Professions programs, including Physical Therapy Education, along with the Kearney Division of the UNMC College of Nursing. The new building includes state-of-the-art classrooms, clinical teaching laboratories, clinical simulation facilities, a gross anatomy laboratory, and plentiful student interaction space. The expansion allows for an increased enrollment in allied health professions programs to meet the high demand for professionals, which is particularly prevalent in rural areas. With an increased focus on rural primary care, the expansion to the UNK campus also provides unique opportunities for interprofessional education in both didactic and clinical settings, and prepares future healthcare professionals to participate in team-based healthcare. Students looking for a small town atmosphere and undergraduate campus activities will feel at home here. For more information see http://www.unmc.edu/alliedhealth/about/kearney-expansion.html

The Omaha area has a population of over 750,000 and is a highly accessible and affordable city, with a relatively low crime rate and cost of living. Omaha students can choose from newly-constructed campus apartments or plentiful housing options off-campus. Omaha’s historic Old Market district, just 2.5 miles from UNMC, offers numerous loft apartments, art galleries, street musicians, a summer Farmers’ Market, and abundant nightlife.

Kearney has a population of 32,000 and is located in central Nebraska. Kearney students enjoy 18 miles of trails and over a dozen parks which include disc golf, water parks, sport complexes and golf courses. More information about Kearney life can be found at: http://www.unmc.edu/alliedhealth/about/kearney.html

More detailed information about our program is available at: http://www.unmc.edu/alliedhealth/education/pt/

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/01/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

Materials Deadline: October 15, 2019

Interview dates will be set for December 2019 and January 2020.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$500.00
Additional Information about Deposit
Nonrefundable deposit will be credited towards tuition at enrollment.
Due Date of First Required Deposit
02/01/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
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GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.00
3.77
PTCAS Math/Science GPA
 
3.64
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
An additional set of transcripts are not required for UNMC until applicants have been admitted into the program.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7752
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
09/01/2019
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
09/01/2014
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
 
152
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
 
155
Analytical writing scaled score
 
4.0

Observation Hours

 
There are no formal requirements for volunteer, observation or employment experiences in the field of physical therapy. However, as with all career choices, a broad exposure to the field is to the applicant's personal benefit and as such is highly encouraged. The program expects students to exhibit a commitment to professional development and service.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are not required but are highly recommended
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
Other
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
No
Supplemental fee amount
$0.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
Description of supplemental requirements

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Applicant must send one reference from this SPECIFIC type of evaluator
Applicant must send reference from ONE OR MORE evaluators in category to fulfill program's requirements
Evaluator type ACCEPTED
Evaluator type NOT accepted

Evaluator Types

Physical Therapist
Physical Therapist (additional)
Professor in Major
Professor
Academic
Supervisor/Employer
Teaching Assistant
PTA
Pre-PT Advisor
Politician
Health Care Professional
Friend
Family Member
Co-worker
Clergy
Other
Number of references required by program
3

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
  • Canadian citizens
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?
Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) coursework
Send WES foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Send original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
Minimum TOEFL or IELTS score is required. See program website for additional information on minimum scores and foreign transcript evaluation.

After you select the program and enter your coursework on the application, you may be required to match your courses to the program's course prerequisites in the "Prerequisites" tab of the "Program Materials" section.
General information
No online labs accepted. If you are unsure if a course meets our requirements, please send a course description from the course catalog with your question to our admissions staff.

Required courses can be in progress when you apply but must be completed by July 15, 2019. There is no limit on how many required courses can be in progress.
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?
Yes
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department
Yes
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Anatomy & Physiology I
No online labs accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Human
Anatomy & Physiology II
No online labs accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
Biology / Biological Science
2 courses in biology are required. A sequence is not necessary.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Any
Biology / Biological Science
2 courses in biology are required. No sequence is necessary.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Any
Chemistry I
No online labs accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
No online labs accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
English Composition / Writing
A writing-intensive course is highly recommended but not required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • English Composition I
  • English Composition
  • English Composition II
  • English Department Course
  • Literature
  • Technical Writing
  • Writing
Physics I
No online labs accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
No online labs accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Psychology
A psychology course in abnormal or developmental psychology course is required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Psychopathology
Social/Behavioral Science
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Advanced
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: General II
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Psychopathology
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Anthropology
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Any
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Community Health
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Criminal Justice
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Cultural Geography
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Ethnic Studies
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Human Sexuality
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Marriage/Family
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Personal Health
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Social Science
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Social Work
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Sociology
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Women’s Studies
Statistics
Any course in statistics is acceptable.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics