2019-20 Applicants

University of New Mexico


Contact Information more...

Dr. Jodi Schilz, PhD
Assistant Professor
UNM Physical Therapy Program
University of New Mexico
MSC 09-5230
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM, 87131
(505) 272-5756
(505) 272-5479
UNMPTProgram@salud.unm.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/17/2020
Additional information about the class profile
Program gives strong preference to residents of the state of New Mexico.
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
32
Anticipated size of next entering class
32
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
79%
% of WICHE applicants accepted
3%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
18%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Program Description more...

The Physical Therapy Program is located within the University of New Mexico, School of Medicine in the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico (metro area population 907,679). With an elevation 5,000 feet above sea level, Albuquerque lies in the High Desert of central New Mexico at the crossroads of Interstate 40 (Route 66) and Interstate 25. Albuquerque, the largest city in New Mexico, straddles the Rio Grande River and is bordered by the Sandia Mountains on the East and a string of five inactive volcanoes that make up Volcano City Park and Petroglyph National Monument, on the West. The city represents a synergy of Native American, Hispanic and Anglo peoples, where traditional and modern cultures coexist. Albuquerque is widely regarded as one of the the most culturally diverse cities in the Country.

The Division of Physical Therapy, as part of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, has a mission of education, service, and research as it applies to the Physical Therapy Profession. The Division of Physical Therapy is committed to offering an educational environment that provides the academic and clinical opportunities primarily for New Mexico residents, to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for the ethical and professionally competent practice of physical therapy. In addition to clinical practice, the educational experience inherently fosters competence in teaching, research, supervision, consultation, promotion of health, and prevention of dysfunction to help meet the needs of our communities.

The overall goal of the Division of Physical Therapy is to prepare students to achieve educational outcomes required for initial practice of the profession of physical therapy in the five roles of the PT: clinician, administrator, educator, researcher and consultant.

The entry level professional clinical doctorate curriculum (DPT) is 34 months in length. Classes begin in August of the first year and end in May of the third year. Didactic content is presented in a uniquely integrated format. Before the degree can be conferred all students must successfully complete 36-weeks of full-time clinical education. Hospital and health care facilities throughout New Mexico, including rural health sites, and a limited number of facilities outside the state are utilized in the final clinical education experiences. Some of the unique opportunities available in our program include: a 2 week study abroad program in Guatemala, a faculty directed student pro-bono Physical Therapy clinic- REACH Clinic,and a gross anatomy class that works with cadavers (4-5 student ratio per cadaver) in a state of the art laboratory.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/15/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

Interviews will be offered to the top 80 applicants based on GPA, GRE, letters of recommendation and essays. In-person Interviews, required for admission and will be conducted on JANUARY 25TH, 2020.

Complete a bachelor degree in any field by the spring semester May 2020 (semester curriculum) or June 2020 (trimester curriculum).

If you are currently enrolled in classes or have not yet graduated with your bachelor’s degree, send in any updated official transcripts from May 2020 (semester curriculum) or June 2020 (trimester curriculum).



 


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$1000.00
Additional Information about Deposit
Deposit will be reimbursed to student UNM Bursar accounts after a year is completed in the UNM DPT Program.
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
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.71
Overall cumulative
2.67
3.68
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
You should have all prerequisites completed by December 2019. You are permitted to have one final prerequisite to be taken during the 2020 spring semester. If you have more than 1 outstanding prerequisite class yet to take after the December 2019 academic update your application will be considered incomplete and will not move forward.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7670
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
11/15/2019
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
11/15/2014
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning % score
25%
62%
Quantitative reasoning % score
20%
45%
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
Applicants are given until 1 month after the application due date to take the GRE if necessary.

Observation Hours

 
Program recommends (but does not require) that your 45 hours of observation come from at least 3 of the following practice settings:

* acute care

* outpatient

* rehab facility

* long-term care facility
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - no verification by a physical therapist
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
45
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
10/15/2019
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?
Yes
Description of supplemental requirements
In order to be considered for an interview, all supplemental materials must be received by the application deadline.

For New Mexico Residents Only - Please complete the residency form and upload the following documents via PTCAS: (1) the completed form, (2) a copy of your driver's license, and (3) a copy of your vehicle registration or other verification of residency. The residency form is located at:
http://orthopaedics.unm.edu/pt/admissions/Application%20Process.html
Description of Supplemental and Document Upload Requirements
The NM residency form should be completed and then saved as a PDF (print to PDF) and then uploaded via PTCAS. Do this to avoid uploading a blank residency form which will delay the application process.
Supplemental Requirements
Completion of the New Mexico Residency Form (only if you are from New Mexico)
Copy of current driver's license (only if you are from New Mexico)
Copy of your vehicle registration or other verification of residency (only if you are from New Mexico)
Deadline for supplemental materials
2019-10-15
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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
Please inform the people you select to write your reference letters that the UNM Division of Physical Therapy cannot contact them for more information about you, they need to be thorough and include everything they want the UNM Division of Physical Therapy to know about you in their reference letter.

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • 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
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 should have all prerequisites completed by December 2019. You are permitted to have one final prerequisite to be taken during the 2020 spring semester. If you have more than 1 outstanding prerequisite class yet to take after the December 2019 academic update your application will be considered incomplete and will not move forward.

Please use the highest course grade possible for your prerequisite selection. You may substitute a higher-level class for the prerequisite as long as you have taken the lower level required class. As an example: you took Physics 1 your sophomore year and earned a B. Your junior year you took a higher-level physics that had a prerequisite requirement of Physics 1 in order to take the class and you earned an A. You may use that higher-level physics class with the A, to match our prerequisites.
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
Lecture and lab is required to total 4 credits. Class must include structure and function of the body and organization and integration of systems.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Anatomy & Physiology II
Lecture and lab is required to total 4 credits. Class must include structure and function of the body and organization and integration of systems.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Chemistry I
Lecture and lab required to total 4 credits.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Any
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
Can substitute organic chemistry. Lecture and lab required to total 4 credits.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
Exercise Physiology
Must be an advanced level (300 or higher) physiology class that is beyond the A&P requirement. Preference is given for Advanced Exercise Physiology.
Course Level
Upper Division
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • Exercise Physiology
Physics I
Lecture and lab required to total 4 credits.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Lecture and lab required to total 4 credits.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Psychology
You must have two psychology classes. These classes can be a combination of different classes such as Introduction to Psychology or Developmental and/or Abnormal Psychology. We recommend abnormal and/or developmental to be at least one of your two courses. Sports psychology and psychology of human sexuality are NOT accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • 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: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
Psychology
You must have two psychology classes. These classes can be a combination of different classes such as Introduction to Psychology or Developmental and/or Abnormal Psychology. We recommend abnormal and/or developmental to be at least one of your two courses. Sports psychology and psychology of human sexuality are NOT accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • 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: Rehabilitation
Statistics
Must be a stand alone statistics class and not just a part of a research class.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics