2019-20 Applicants

University of New England


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...

Sarah Bedell
Assistant Director, Operations
Office of Graduate Admissions
University of New England
716 Stevens Avenue
Portland ME, 04103
(207) 221-4225
gradadmissions@une.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/26/2020
Social networking
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
62
Anticipated size of next entering class
60
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
5%

Program Description more...

The University of New England (UNE) Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program offers students an outstanding accredited, entry-level doctoral program within a physical therapy department that has earned a national reputation for excellence since its founding in 1980. The department takes pride in its friendly, student-oriented, and personal approach. The program is within the Westbrook College of Health Professions, on UNE's Portland campus, which also houses the Colleges of Pharmacy, Dental Medicine, and Graduate and Professional Studies.

WHY UNE?
Student Outcomes:
100% of graduates passed the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) (2016-2017)
100% of UNE DPT graduates surveyed were employed within one year of graduation (2016-2017)
93.7% of enrolled students graduated from the DPT program (2017-2018)

The DPT faculty is dedicated to excellence in all aspects of teaching and learning. This is evidenced by the low student-to-faculty ratio, the use of collaborative teaching models which include the expertise of community clinicians, the participation of community volunteers in labs, and multiple community outreach projects. DPT faculty members have an established record of teaching, scholarship, professional service, and clinical practice. Additionally, experienced physical therapists, physicians, and other health care practitioners in the Portland area serve as adjunct faculty in the DPT program.

The 106-credit systems-approach curriculum is comprised of 82 didactic credits and 24 credits earned during three, 12-week full-time clinical placements. The DPT program is affiliated with numerous clinical sites across the US. Clinical placements are available in all parts of the healthcare continuum: acute care and rehabilitation hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home health organizations, ambulatory care centers, outpatient private practices, school/preschool programs, and other settings.

The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) at UNE solidifies UNE’s historic commitment to interprofessional academic and community-based programming that prepares the next generation of health care leaders for team-based practice.

All students participate in some form of scholarly work. This includes conducting research with faculty or writing a case report. Students have the opportunity to work with faculty to disseminate their work at professional meetings or in professional journals.

All learning activities are held in state-of-the-art classrooms and labs. Anatomy courses include a cadaver lab. Facilities also include a Motion Analysis lab and a Human Sensory and a Motor Performance lab.

The Portland campus offers a full range of outstanding student support services specific to graduate and professional students.

UNE's graduate and professional campus is designated a national historic district. The campus is quintessential New England with a central green surrounded by classic brick buildings. As the state's largest city, Portland is a center for business, government, healthcare, and culture in Maine. Whether you're a sailor or a skier, a hiker or a biker, a golfer or a fisherman, Maine offers you four-season recreation. From its location on the Atlantic Ocean, and close proximity to beautiful fresh water lakes and great mountains, Portland has it all. Come check us out!

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
12/16/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
Yes
Important dates

* Applications are reviewed as they are received; therefore, applicants are highly encouraged to apply early.

* On campus interviews are required for program acceptance. Interviews are by invitation only and will be held September - March.

* Decisions are made on a rolling basis after each interview session.

* Applicants are notified of their acceptance within two weeks of their interview. An initial nonrefundable deposit of $1,000.00 is required to hold your seat with the program. 

*Only courses completed at regionally accredited institutions will be accepted to fulfill the prerequisite requirements.  


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidates
* Minimum cumulative GPA 3.3 as calculated by PTCAS, based on all courses taken.

* Minimum pre-req math/science GPA 3.3 as calculated by UNE DPT Graduate Admissions and based on the best grade for each course if it has been repeated.

* GRE scores are required but there is no minimum requirement. GRE percentile scores are factored into a candidate's overall review score.

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$1500.00
Additional Information about Deposit
An initial non-refundable deposit of $1000.00 is required to hold your seat with the program. A second non-refundable deposit of $500.00 is due by March 1st. These deposits are applied toward the first semester tuition if the student matriculates; if the student does not matriculate the deposit/s are forfeited.
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/15/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
Additional information about Interviews
On-campus interviews are required in order to considered for acceptance. Interviews are invitation only and are generally held from September to March.

GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.00
3.54
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.54
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Program uses only the highest grade earned in calculating the prerequisite GPA if a course is repeated. All prerequisite courses must be successfully completed with a grade of "C"; "C minus" grades are not acceptable.

We use the cumulative GPA calculated by PTCAS which is based on all courses student has taken and/or repeated.

Please note: Meeting the minimums does not qualify applicants for a guaranteed interview. All applicants are carefully reviewed and the most qualified are more likely to be invited to interview. Only those applicants who are interviewed are considered for admissions.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7797
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
12/31/2019
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
01/01/2014
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning % score
 
53%
Quantitative reasoning % score
 
40%
Analytical writing % score
 
63%
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
The GRE test must be taken within 5 years of application date. We recommend that you complete the GRE by October 15th of the year you are applying.

Applications without official GRE scores will not be reviewed.

While there are no required minimum GRE scores, the average GRE scores for accepted students are reported above. Percentile scores are factored into a candidate's overall review score.

Observation Hours

 
Applicants must have completed a minimum of 40 hours of observation under the direction of a licensed physical therapist at time of application. Hours completed under a PTA will not count. Applicants are evaluated on their exposure to the breadth and depth of PT practice. Therefore, observation in a variety of practice settings and patient populations is strongly recommended.
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
40
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
Legend
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
We require only 3 reference letters as a part of the application:

- One from a licensed PT with whom you have worked or observed
- One from an academic reference (a professor, research advisor, or academic advisor)
- One from person of your choice who can speak to your ability to be successful academically and to practice professionally

Letters from friends or family member are not acceptable.

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens
  • Other non-citizens (e.g., refugees)
  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
  • Canadian citizens
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
  • Send WES foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
Proof of English language proficiency is required. Please visit our International Admissions page for additional details: http://www.une.edu/admissions/intl

English translation is required for all international transcripts.

UNE accepts WES I-CAP evaluations of foreign transcripts for grade and degree equivalency to that of US regionally accredited institutions ONLY.

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
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
Varies
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Anatomy & Physiology I
Survey courses are NOT accepted. Coursework older than 7 years not 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: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Anatomy & Physiology II
Exercise Physiology is not accepted. Survey courses are NOT accepted. Coursework older than 7 years not 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: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology I
Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
  • Biology: Neuroscience
Biology II
Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
The first semester of a two-semester sequence of General or College Chemistry I with a lab. Survey courses are NOT acceptable. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
The second semester of a two-semester sequence of General or College Chemistry 2 with a lab. Survey courses are NOT acceptable. An upper level chemistry may satisfy this requirement with program approval. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
Physics I
The first semester of a two-semester sequence in General or College Physics I with a lab. Algebra or calculus-based course sequences are acceptable. Survey courses are NOT acceptable. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
  • Physics: General
  • Physics II
Physics II
The second semester of a two-semester sequence in General or College Physics 2 with a lab. Algebra or calculus-based course sequences are acceptable. Survey courses are NOT acceptable. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
QH: 6
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
  • Physics: General
  • Physics II
Psychology
General, Introduction, or Developmental Psychology accepted. Sports Psychology not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 5
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: General II
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
Statistics
Will consider all college level Statistics courses with approval of program. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 5
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics