2019-20 Applicants

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


This page is intended for college transfer students and graduates ONLY. High school students MUST contact the institution directly for information about the guaranteed freshman-entry program. Do not apply using PTCAS.

Contact Information more...

UNC-Chapel Hill Division of Physical Therapy
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
321 S. Columbia Street
CB# 7120
Chapel Hill NC, 27599
(919) 966-4708
dptadmissions@unc.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/18/2020
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degree
DPT/MSPH,DPT/PhD
Additional information about the class profile
1) Program gives preference to applicants who are residents of the state of North Carolina.

2) We are not able to provide individual program tours or site visits. We do have information sessions which occur during the summer, beginning in late May and ending early August. Please visit the DPT admissions page in late April to see more information about attending these events.
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
32
Anticipated size of next entering class
32
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
82%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
18%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Program Description more...

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Division of Physical Therapy, has a rich history of education, research, clinical services, and the integration of all three. Our graduates and faculty have made significant contributions locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. We, the faculty, students, and staff of the Division are committed to this outstanding tradition and to carrying it through the 21st century.

We are administratively located within the Department of Allied Health Sciences within the School of Medicine. Our classrooms, offices, and laboratories are located in Bondurant Hall in the heart of the UNC Health Affairs campus and adjacent to the superb Health Sciences Library.

The UNC-Chapel Hill Division of Physical Therapy is dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge in Physical Therapy within the context of Physical Therapy professional education, direct clinical services to the public and interdisciplinary research. Our interdependent model of research, education, and clinical services prepares leaders who will improve the quality of life of individuals and their communities.

The Division of Physical Therapy values an organizational culture that balances team commitment and personal/professional autonomy. Faculty/student collegiality, respect for diverse contributions, interdisciplinary collaboration, open communication, entrepreneurial spirit, and excellence are all important to fostering this culture.

Physical Therapy started in Chapel Hill in April 1952, when the North Carolina Memorial Hospital opened. Dr. Margaret Moore developed the first physical therapy clinical program at the hospital, where she was chief of the department until 1954. It was in July 1957 that the physical therapy education program got underway, with Dr. Moore as the director of the Division of Physical Therapy—a viable combination of education and service commitments in the hospital and School of Medicine. Dr. Moore was director of the program until 1974. Shirley Cloninger Fisher was the first graduate in Physical Therapy at Chapel Hill in1959. The initial degree was a Bachelor’s in Physical Therapy and now is the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT).

UNC-Chapel Hill was one of the first institutions to offer post-professional training to physical therapists. Our Master’s program in Physical Therapy, established in 1975, offered a Master’s of Clinical Teaching (MACT) degree that focused on teaching at the collegiate level. As we developed a greater focus on research, we shifted to a MS program in PT and, in the early 1990s, the degree changed again from an MS in PT to an MS in Human Movement Science. This change and the need for more well trained PT researchers was the basis of our efforts to establish the PhD program in Human Movement Science in 1999. Our first DPT class matriculated in 2007, graduating in 2010. We now have several hundred PT graduates from our master’s and doctorate programs across the USA, Canada, Asia, India, and Europe. We are very fortunate that many maintain close ties with Carolina.

Application Deadlines

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

NOTE: Four school specific questions will be answered via the YouSeeU video service.  See information below.

To ensure that processing of your application not be delayed, all supporting documents (letters of recommendation, transcripts, and verified observation hours) must have arrived at PTCAS by the application deadline (10/01/2019).  This deadline is firm.

All documents including transcripts, recommendation letters, and observation hours will only be accepted through PTCAS. No documents should be mailed, emailed or faxed to the Division of Physical Therapy at UNC Chapel Hill. 

In addition to the PTCAS application, the Division of Physical Therapy at UNC Chapel Hill also requires applicants to complete an online, asynchronous video interview.  The video process is performed through YouSeeU and will cost $15 (paid to YouSeeU).  This process uses a video-based platform where applicants record and upload their brief responses to 3-4 questions for review by program faculty and the Admissions Committee. Applicants must have a computer with a webcam and internet service to complete this part of the application process.  Please follow further instructions for completing this requirement on UNC’s Supplemental Requirements web page. The deadline for completing the online video interview is 10/8/2019. 

Note: The supplemental application and fee ($85 UNC fee, $15 YouSeeU video fee) are separate requirements from the fees paid through PTCAS.

It is HIGHLY recommended that applicants submit materials early. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$500.00
Deposit Refundable?
No
Due Date of First Required Deposit
02/10/2020

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
3.65
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.20
3.61
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
UNC will use the last four semesters taken as a full-time student (undergraduate and/or graduate) for the overall GPA calculation.

UNC uses only the highest course grade earned in calculating the program specific prerequisite GPA. If a prerequisite course is repeated, we will use the higher of the two grades.

We look at all courses taken at accredited institutions equally - including community colleges and courses taken online. Please see the UNC website for a list of course descriptions we have found to be acceptable.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7733
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning % score
40%
68%
Quantitative reasoning % score
40%
60%
Analytical writing scaled score
 
4.0
Analytical writing % score
40%
72%
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
Applicants MUST submit GRE scores through the PTCAS GRE code of 7733. Codes submitted to the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill GRE school code will NOT be accepted. The UNC Division of Physical Therapy will consider all qualified applicants. Applicants must earn a minimum score of 40% on each section of the GRE. The noted scores must be obtained within a single testing session.

Observation Hours

 
100 hours volunteer/ Job-shadowing experiences specifically involving Physical Therapy are required. It is recommended to have a minimum of at least 3 different settings with a minimum of 16 hours in any given setting. Please review the definition of "settings" found in PTCAS application instructions. Exposure to/in a wide variety of settings is HIGHLY recommended. Beyond the required 100 hours, your ability to reflect on and interpret what you've observed with each exposure is more important than the total number of hours.

Observation hours submitted beyond the application deadline (10/01/2019) will not be reviewed.
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
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$85.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes - for selected applicants only
Description of supplemental requirements
The supplemental application requires students to complete questions related to community standards, residency (if an applicant wishes to claim NC Residency for Tuition Purposes), and military service as mandated by NC state law. The supplemental application will guide applicants on supporting documentation required and will be sent to each applicant within 3-4 business days after they submit their PTCAS application. Applicants do not need to list schools attended or provide transcripts through the supplemental application. Transcripts will be provided only through PTCAS.
Supplemental Requirements
Separate application which will be sent to all completed applicants after their PTCAS application is submitted., YouSeeU recorded responses.,
Deadline for supplemental materials
2019-10-08
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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
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens
  • Other non-citizens (e.g., refugees)
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
Prerequisite courses must be completed at an accredited college or university in the US and/or Canada. Courses can be completed online. We look at all courses taken at accredited institutions equally - including community colleges and courses taken online. Please see the UNC website for a list of course descriptions we have found to be acceptable.

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
1. All courses must be completed by the end of the Fall semester of the year in which you apply. At least nine (9) prerequisite courses must be completed before the Fall semester begins (e.g., only two (2)or fewer may be in progress during that Fall semester.) There are no exceptions to this rule.

2. Must be mathematically possible to obtain or maintain a cumulative prerequisite GPA of 3.2 if you have courses in progress.

3. Higher level courses in a topic will not be accepted as substitutes for any prerequisite courses. E.g.: Abnormal Psychology will not be substituted for General Psychology.

Note: For students applying during the summer of 2019 for admission to Fall 2020, additional prerequisite courses will be required.

Two additional courses are required
1. General Chemistry II with Lab (or equivalent second level course) (minimum combined 4.0 credit hours with course and lab).

2. Second course in human biology (not botany) such as one of the following:
microbiology (MCRO 251)
genetics (BIOL 202)
cell biology (BIOL 205)
immunology (MICRO 449)
histology
general biology II (with lab) if concentration of material is on human biology
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
No
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Anatomy
A combination of Human Anatomy and Physiology course(s) with a minimum of 4 credit hours and lab will be accepted. If applicant takes a 2-part course, both parts must be taken.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4.0
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
Biology / Biological Science
Second course in human biology such as general biology II (if concentration is on human body), histology, immunology, genetics, cell biology, microbiology.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
Biology / Biological Science
Class and lab must be a minimum of 4 combined credit hours
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4.0
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: General
Chemistry
Class and lab must be a minimum of 4 combined credit hours; Organic Chemistry will not be accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4.0
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
Chemistry II with lab, minimum of 4 credit hours
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry II
Exercise Physiology
Exercise Physiology (or Physiology of Exercise) is the only course that will be accepted for this prerequisite.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3.0
Acceptable Courses
  • Exercise Physiology
Physics I
Class and lab must be a minimum of 4 combined credit hours.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4.0
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Class and lab must be a minimum of 4 combined credit hours.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4.0
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
A combination Anatomy and Physiology course with a minimum of 4 credit hours and lab will be accepted. If applicant takes a 2-part course, both parts must be taken.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3.0
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
Psychology
Higher level Psychology courses will not be accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3.0
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General
Statistics
Departmental research courses covering statistics fundamentals will be accepted (eg Research in Exercise and Sport Science or Statistical Principles of Psychological Research
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3.0
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics