2019-20 Applicants

University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, The


Contact Information more...

Donna Swanson
Admission Administrator
University of Texas Medical Branch
Department of Physical Therapy
301 University Blvd
Galveston TX, 77555-1144
(409) 772-3068
dlswanso@utmb.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/31/2020
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degree
We do not have a dual degree program, but there is a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences should the student choose to pursue separately.
Additional information about the class profile
Our program is very diverse, comprising of typically anywhere from 20-30% of students from minority backgrounds. We typically have about a 60% to 40% female to male ratio.
Social networking
Facebook Page for PT Program
Facebook Page for Parent University/College/School
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
56
Anticipated size of next entering class
60
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
93%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
5%
% of INTERNATIONAL (non-U.S./non-Canadian)
2%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
13%

Program Description more...

The UTMB Entry Level Doctor of Physical Therapy program is a graduate professional curriculum for students who have completed an undergraduate degree and required prerequisites. The Entry Level DPT is a 3 year full-time curriculum that prepares students to enter the profession of physical therapy. The curriculum is designed to build from basic science courses to clinical sciences with an emphasis in problem solving activities that instill critical thinking for clinical decision making. UTMB students also participate in patient simulation labs, standardized patient experiences, and neurologic and orthopedic clinics during didactic semesters to prepare them for four clinical internships. Clinical internships begin after the first year of the PT curriculum and are available in Texas and across the US. UTMB’s global health initiative offers our students opportunities to expand their knowledge through mission trips, coursework and clinical education in state, national and international settings.

The Physical Therapy program at UTMB is the oldest Physical Therapy program in Texas and is located on the UTMB Health campus, which allows students access to outstanding faculty and resources from the Health Professions, Nursing and Medical Schools. Students also have access to inpatient and outpatient physical therapy services on Galveston Island as well as the mainland. Additional teaching resources include facilities and clinical experts in the nearby affiliated Texas Medical Center located in Houston.

The faculty in the DPT program has expertise that covers the vast specialty areas of the physical therapy profession including neurological, orthopedic, pediatric, geriatric and cardiopulmonary. Along with the expertise in these areas, we have faculty with APTA Specialization Certification in Geriatrics, Pediatrics, Orthopedics and Neurology. The faculty members are committed to providing traditional and nontraditional learning experiences that are integrated around recurring themes related to the multiple roles of the physical therapist in patient care, health promotion, research, management, education, and community service.

Typically, UTMB DPT graduates have a 100% licensure exam pass rate and 100% employment rate. Many of our students have continued their education by completing clinical residencies and specialty certifications.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
11/01/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
Yes
Important dates

Interviews will be scheduled in the Fall and Winter of 2019/2020

Please visit our admissions website for FAQ at: https://shp.utmb.edu/PhysicalTherapy/admissions.asp

If you would like a live or virtual tour of campus:  https://shp.utmb.edu/openhouse/


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$200.00
Additional Information about Deposit
This deposit is required to finalize acceptance.
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
3.75
Math/Science GPA
3.00
3.75
Last 90 hours GPA
3.00
3.75
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Repeated course grades do not replace previous grades. Math and Science courses must be less than 10 years old. We do not consider pre requisite GPA over your overall, math/science, or last 90.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
3775
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
145
155
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
145
155
Analytical writing scaled score
3.0
4.0
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
Applicant's GRE scores must be received by the application deadline. Typically the process of verification takes a few weeks, so be mindful of when you are taking the GRE test. The GRE must be taken in the last 5 years. Be very careful to not select alternate campus GRE codes, you MUST select code 3775.

Observation Hours

 
All 80 hours must be completed prior to submitting your application. Any additional hours incurred up to or before your application is reviewed can be added to your application after it’s submitted.
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
80
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$40.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
Description of supplemental requirements
Once your application has been submitted and processed by PTCAS, the enrollment services department will send the supplemental application and instructions to the applicant directly.
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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
The program requires 3 letters of reference and at least one must be from a physical therapist who supervised the applicants work or volunteer experience.

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

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
You must have completed at least 40 hours of specific UTMB prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better at the time of submitting your application.

All Math and Science prerequisite credits must be less than 10 years old and cannot be taken online.
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
Biology / Biological Science
For science majors. 1 of 2 Biology/biological science courses required. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Biology / Biological Science
For science majors. 2 of 2 Biology/biological science courses required. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry
For science majors. 2 of 2 Chemistry courses required. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Any
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Chemistry
For science majors. 1 of 2 Chemistry courses required. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Any
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Developmental Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
Math
Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Mathematics: Algebra
  • Mathematics: Calculus
  • Mathematics: Geometry
  • Mathematics: Pre-Calculus
  • Mathematics: Trigonometry
Physics
College or University. 2 of 2 Physics courses required. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physics
College or University. 1 of 2 Physics courses required. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physiology
Physiology may be 8 hours A&PI&II or 4 hours of physiology. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Any
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Psychology
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General
Statistics
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics