2019-20 Applicants

University of Nevada, Las Vegas


Contact Information more...

Keoni Kins, PT, DPT, LAT, ATC
Admissions Director
Physical Therapy Department
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy, Box 453029
Las Vegas NV, 89154-3029
(702) 895-3072
keoni.kins@unlv.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
06/08/2020
Additional information about the class profile
Nevada residents are given preference, however Nevada residency does not guarantee acceptance nor does the program reserve a specific number of seats for Nevada residents.

UNLV is tied for first in the most recent U.S. News & World Report annual listing for the nation’s most diverse universities for undergraduates.

UNLV Physical Therapy embraces the university's motto: "Different, Daring, and Diverse". UNLV has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Title III & Title V Minority Serving Institution (MSI). UNLV is also designated as an Asian-American and Native-American, Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) as well as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).
Social networking
Facebook Page for PT Program
Facebook Page for Graduate Admissions Office
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
48
Anticipated size of next entering class
48
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
56%
% of WICHE applicants accepted
2%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
38%
% of INTERNATIONAL (non-U.S./non-Canadian)
4%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Sex

% Male
56%
% Female
44%

Race / Ethnicity

% Hispanic
4%
% Asian
27%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
52%
% Two or More Races
13%
% Declining to State
4%

Program Description more...

The course of study offered at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas is an entry-level professional program designed to prepare students to enter the profession of physical therapy. A Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree is awarded following the successful completion of the program that consists of intense academic and clinical work spread over six semesters and three summers.

Students are well prepared as generalists and gain valuable experience in a variety of PT settings through four clinical rotations. The program of study consists of 112 credit hours of graduate course work. These hours are divided among classroom, clinical, and research/service learning activities.

The program begins during the first week of June each year.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to explore the program web page at: https://www.unlv.edu/pt

A "frequently asked questions" as well as detailed admissions requirements can be found on the admissions web page at: https://www.unlv.edu/pt/admissions

Application Deadlines

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

PTCAS Application Deadline: 10/01/2019

UNLV Graduate College Application Deadline: 09/15/2019

KIRA Virtual Iterview Deadline: 10/1/2019

Deadline Extensions will NOT be granted and as such applicants are strongly enouraged to apply early and NOT to wait until the last day to submit. 



 


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
Deposits must be submitted in the form of a cashier's check or money order; personal checks and or credit cards are NOT accepted. For students who matriculate, deposits will be returned via a credit to their UNLV student account once classes begin, if fees are due this would be applied to pending fees, if no fees are due then a refund check would be issued to the student.
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/20/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
Additional information about Interviews
All applicants are required to submit a virtual interview: see details in supplemental application section. In addition select applicants will be invited to a mandatory on-campus interview. Interviews for the 2019-20 admissions cycle are tentatively planned during the latter half of January 2020. Applicants will be notified by email by no later than January 15th if they have been granted an on-campus interview.

GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.00
3.68
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.65
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
UNLVPT considers the following two GPA calculations:

#1: The PTCAS calculated "Overall GPA"

This GPA includes ALL college level courses (including re-takes) taken from any regionally accredited institution the applicant has attended including: junior colleges, 4 year undergraduate institutions, post-bac coursework, and graduate level coursework that has been reported to PTCAS via official transcripts.

#2: The program calculated "Prerequisite GPA"

This GPA is calculated based on the 11 courses which best fit the UNLVPT prerequisite course requirements. Applicants will have the opportunity when uploading their course work to PTCAS to "tag" the courses they feel best match each of the 11 UNLVPT prerequisite requirements. In the event of a re-take the program will use the higher grade earned for the program calculated prerequisite GPA.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7618
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
09/01/2019
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
10/01/2014
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
GRE test scores older than 5 years will NOT be accepted.

There is NO minimum GRE score required to be eligible for admission.

For the most recent incoming cohort: The interquartile range of for percentile scores for each GRE section are as follows:
Quantitative = 43rd to 69th percentiles
Verbal = 60th to 80th percentiles
Written = 56th to 80th percentiles

The minimum percentile score accepted in each section ranged between the 18th and 30th percentile.

Thus any applicant with a complete application is encouraged to consider applying. Inquiry from potential applicants regarding whether or not an applicants current GRE scores "make them a competitive applicant" will not be entertained.

Observation Hours

 
Applicants must complete observation hours in at least TWO different physical therapy settings. Physical therapy settings may include but are not limited to: inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, inpatient skilled nursing facilities, inpatient long term care facilities, inpatient acute care hospitals, inpatient or outpatient pediatric clinics, inpatient or outpatient wound care clinics, outpatient orthopedics, outpatient neurological/vestibular clinics, women's health clinics, hand therapy clinics, etc.

For example an applicant might complete observation hours in two settings. Setting #1: outpatient orthopedics = 70 hours, setting #2: inpatient skilled nursing facility = 30 hours.

Only observation hours documented as "completed" will count towards the required 100 hours.

UNLV does not use a standard observation hours form. For additional details on observation hours, please visit the program web page at: https://www.unlv.edu/pt/admissions

There applicants will find a frequently asked questions resource that addresses questions such as: "How will I document and submit my observation hours for verification?"

Please be aware that UNLVPT does NOT assist potential applicants in identifying or arraigning observation hours.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - a licensed PT must verify hours w/ signed form uploaded or online via PTCAS
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
100
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
10/01/2019
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$60.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes
Description of supplemental requirements
ALL applicants MUST submit the online UNLV Graduate College application. The application can be accessed at: https://www.unlv.edu/graduatecollege/futurestudents

Follow these steps to complete the supplemental application (all boxes marked with a red line are required):

New users should click “new user” to create a user profile. Returning users may enter their username and password.
Click “My Profile” and complete the following sections:
- Personal Data
- Address

Click “My Application” and complete the following sections:
- Application Type (Required)
- Academic History (Required): Applicants who graduated from high school in NV are required to provide a high school diploma.
- “Unofficial" Transcripts can be uploaded for all post-secondary institutions attended, however if accepted, applicants will be required to supply the graduate college with "Official transcripts", the graduate college will not accept the transcripts reported through PTCAS.
- Financial Info: (Required)
- Graduate Assistantship: (Required): Applicants are encouraged to choose “No” since 1st year DPT students are NOT eligible for PT department graduate assistant positions and in general employment during the first year of the program is strongly discouraged due to the rigor of the program.
- Scholarship and Fellowship: (Optional)
- Submit Application (Required)

Applicants must submit the UNLV graduate college application by September 15th, 2019.
Supplemental Requirements
Once applicants submit the UNLV graduation college application they will enter into a queue to receive an email invitation for a virtual interview. This email invitation will be sent to the applicant at the email reported on the applicant's UNLV graduate college application. The virtual interview will be administered by KIRA Talent. The KIRA virtual interview submissions must be submitted by no later than October 1, 2019. The virtual interview should the applicant take no longer than 30 minutes to complete.
Deadline for supplemental materials
2019-10-01
Link to supplemental forms or instructions
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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
Additional information about program's reference requirements
UNLVPT requires THREE letters of reference. The first TWO references must be from TWO different licensed Physical Therapists. The third letter may be from any of the accepted evaluator types indicated above.

All electronic letters of reference must be "verified" by the posted application deadline.

Applicants MUST use the electronic PTCAS letter of reference reporting mechanism.

All letters must be received by the posted deadline.

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 WES foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
Foreign transcript evaluation must come from WES.

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
All prerequisite coursework must be taken at a regionally accredited institution.

The following courses may NOT be used towards the UNLVPT prerequisite course complement: Prep courses, pass/fail courses, coursework older than 10 years, and advanced placement (AP) courses which do not appear on an official transcript with both a letter grade and assigned grade points .

Definition of older than 10 years: For the current admission cycle, prerequisite courses taken prior to the fall semester/quarter of 2009 will NOT be considered.

Prerequisite courses may be completed at either a 2-year or 4-year institution, however it is recommended that the majority of the prerequisite course complement be completed at a 4-year university/college versus a junior college.
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
A&P coursework must be complete by the end of the fall 2019 Semester. Any pending/unreported summer 2019 or fall 2019 grades MUST be reported via the PTCAS academic update period in order to remain eligible to be considered for admission during the current admissions cycle. A&P coursework may NOT be "in progress" during the spring 2020 semester. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Anatomy & Physiology II
A&P coursework must be complete by the end of the fall 2019 Semester. Any pending/unreported summer 2019 or fall 2019 grades MUST be reported via the PTCAS academic update period in order to remain eligible to be considered for admission during the current admissions cycle. A&P coursework may NOT be "in progress" during the spring 2020 semester. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology I
This must be a biology course that is not A&P or exercise physiology. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Biology II
This must be a biology course that is not A&P or exercise physiology. While NOT mandatory, it is suggested that applicants complete an upper division course for the BIO II prerequisite. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
Physics I
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
  • Physics: General
Physics II
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics: General
  • Physics II
Psychology
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Psychopathology
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Ethnic Studies
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Personal Health
Psychology
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Advanced
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Psychopathology
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Ethnic Studies
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Personal Health
Statistics
example of rec course content: "Basic statistical methods, descriptive statistics, graphic presentation, point and interval estimation, hypothesis testing, regression, experimental design." Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics