2019-20 Applicants

University of Texas at El Paso


Contact Information more...

Michelle Gutierrez, PT, DSc
Admissions Chair
Physical Therapy Program
University of Texas at El Paso
500 W. University Ave
El Paso TX, 79968
email contact only please
DPTadmissions@utep.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
05/26/2020
Additional information about the class profile
The University of Texas at El Paso commits itself to providing quality higher education to a diverse student population. Classified as a Doctoral/Research-Intensive university, UTEP seeks to extend the greatest possible educational access to a region which has been geographically isolated with limited economic and educational opportunities for many of its people.” To that end, we endeavor to offer admission to the most qualified applicants from the El Paso region. However, we value diversity and encourage applicants from outside of the region who have a commitment to our university and program mission to apply to our program.
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
36
Anticipated size of next entering class
36
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
92%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
8%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Sex

% Male
42%
% Female
58%

Race / Ethnicity

% Hispanic
50%
% Asian
11%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
31%
% Declining to State
8%

Program Description more...

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Doctor of Physical Therapy Program will graduate highly qualified doctors of physical therapy prepared to provide culturally proficient and linguistically competent care in our border region and beyond. We endeavor to develop leaders who are committed to patient-centered care, evidence-based practice, our community’s health, life-long learning, and the advancement of the physical therapy profession.

The College of Health Sciences and the university overall is experiencing rapid advancement. The Health Sciences and Nursing building on Wiggins across from the library is a beautiful, state of the art building. While some classes for the DPT students will be taught at this building, the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is housed at Campbell Hall at 1101 N Campbell along with the rest of the Rehabilitation Sciences Department.

The UTEP Doctor of Physical Therapy Program philosophy is centered around four themes:

First, we believe that a strong and reciprocal student-faculty relationship is the foundation of a successful learning environment. Both students and faculty have the responsibility and power to contribute to teaching and active learning.

Second, we believe that the development of self-regulated learners is at the foundation of producing graduates dedicated to lifelong learning. We recognize that our most important charge is not to merely deliver information but to teach our students how to learn. We focus on critical thinking, evidence acquisition and critique, and self-reflection across the curriculum.

Third, we believe that the program has a duty to be engaged in the community, and that community engagement is a powerful teaching strategy.

Finally, we believe that we must be agents of change and must mold our students into agents of change for the good of our community and our profession.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree requires 9 consecutive semesters, full-time, in a lock-step program. Students enter in May and graduate in May, 3 years later. The program is both challenging and rewarding. Following graduation, students are eligible to take the national licensure exam. Successful outcome on the licensure examination qualifies the graduate to work in any of the 50 states. We are fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), recognized by United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

We welcome you to consider joining our wonderful profession and to receive your education in our unique region.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
11/01/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

A "Campus Visit" will be held in the fall semester. This is held on the second Saturday of each September. Check the program's website for confirmation as the date is subject to change. https://www.utep.edu/chs/pt/news/onsite-visit.html 

We plan to participate in the APTA's DPT Educational Virtual Fair in the Spring. http://www.apta.org/PhysicalTherapyEducationVirtualFair/


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$200.00
Additional Information about Deposit
If the UTEP DPT Program offers admission to an applicant, the applicant will be required to pay a non-refundable $200 deposit when the offer is accepted. The applicant must pay this non-refundable deposit in order to hold a spot in the incoming cohort. The $200 will be applied toward the applicant's first-semester (summer) tuition in the UTEP DPT Program. If the applicant withdraws from the UTEP DPT Program after paying the deposit, the $200 will be forfeited to the UTEP DPT Program.
Additional Information about Refunds
Accepted applicant will have 5 business days from date of acceptance to pay the deposit. We will not require payment until after Jan 15.
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/15/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
No
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GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.00
3.60
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.51
Last 60 Credit Hours Completed
3.00
3.74
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
The overall GPA is calculated with ALL course grades posted on official transcripts including those that a university may not calculate in an applicant's GPA. For example, many universities may drop a failing course grade when the course is repeated with a passing grade. Our program will include BOTH grades in the calculation of the overall GPA. However, the highest grade can be used when calculating the prerequisite course GPA.

We review applications before Fall grades are received. Therefore, any grades received in the Fall semester during which you apply to the UTEP DPT Program or the following Spring semester will not be calculated in your packet. However you MUST submit your academic update when through PTCAS as directed. Failing to perform the academic update if any courses have been completed after submission of your application will make your application incomplete.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
8837
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
10/01/2019
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
11/01/2009
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
 
150
Verbal reasoning % score
 
48%
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
 
151
Quantitative reasoning % score
 
43%
Analytical writing scaled score
 
4.0
Analytical writing % score
 
60%
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
The University of Texas at El Paso has no minimum GRE score. In addition the University will accept GRE Scores that are 10 years old or newer. However ETS will only send scores that are 5 years old or newer. Arrange for ETS to send official scores to UTEP's PTCAS GRE code #8837 and must be received by PTCAS by the set deadline. We will not accept GRE scores taken after October 1, 2019. We will not accept GRE scores sent to any other code.

Observation Hours

 
50 hours must be verified by November 1, 2019. (preferably electronically) The hours must be verified in or scanned into PTCAS by the set deadline.

There are no extra points added to an applicant’s packet for observation hours beyond the required 50 hours nor for the number of settings in which an applicant observed physical therapy practice. However, more hours and multiple settings may be more helpful in an applicant's preparation for the program.
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
50
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$45.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
Description of supplemental requirements
The applicant must pay a $45 non-refundable application fee to be considered for the program.

The fee will be submitted to the Miner Shoppe Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Admissions Fee.
Deadline for supplemental materials
2019-11-01
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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
Three recommendations are required, and at least one must be from a physical therapist. The UTEP DPT Program recommends that the physical therapist who provides this required reference is the physical therapist under whom the applicant completed his/her observation hours and knows the applicant well enough to effectively comment on the applicant's qualities. Letters of recommendations are only accepted through PTCAS and must be received by PTCAS by the set 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
  • 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
Other
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Send original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
Foreign transcripts must be credentialed by WES an approved US foreign credentialing service. Send WES foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS.

TOEFL scores for non-native English speakers is required to PTCAS by the set deadline. If graduate of US accredited school, the TOEFL is not required.

For questions regarding eligibility for International students contact gradschool@utep.edu

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
It is strongly recommended that prerequisite science courses be completed in a traditional classroom setting. If you are unable to take prerequisite courses at an accredited 4-year college or university for compelling reasons, courses taken at an accredited community college are acceptable.

Anatomy and Physiology courses should be from a science-based program. Normally courses from Sports Medicine or Kinesiology are not approved. If you are requesting to use a course that is not Biology/Zoology based for your Anatomy and/or Physiology, you must include the course description from the university catalog or syllabus in the school-specific question. It is not guaranteed that those courses will be approved.

Course examples and Texas common course numbers for pre-requisites are found at the Link below.

The following prerequisite courses are recommended but NOT REQUIRED for admission: Exercise Physiology, Medical Terminology, Technical Writing, Public Speaking course (or participate in Toastmasters).
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
Anatomy
This course must be a science based course typically offered by the Science Department. Four semester credit hours with a lab of Anatomy AND four semester credit hours with a lab of physiology OR 8 semester hours with labs of A&P I & II. If you take A&P I you must also take A&P II as taking both will include the whole body. Some examples of course titles for Anatomy are Medical Anatomy, Human Anatomy, Vertebrate Anatomy, or Mammalian Anatomy. We do NOT accept Exercise Physiology for Physiology requirement. Check with your university to find out what they offer.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • 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
Any 4 semester credit hour Biology or Zoology courses that include a lab that are fauna (courses that are human or animal) not flora (plant based courses) will be accepted. This requirement means it must be a human or animal based class, not botany or biofuels, etc. Each class must include a lab. BIOL or ZOOL courses are normally what is required. Microbiology or Genetics are accepted as long as there is a lab included. Courses for science majors are strongly recommended.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General
Biology II
Any 4 semester credit hour Biology or Zoology courses that include a lab that are fauna (courses that are human or animal) not flora (plant based courses) will be accepted. This requirement means it must be a human or animal based class, not botany or biofuels, etc. Each class must include a lab. BIOL or ZOOL courses are normally what is required. Microbiology or Genetics are accepted as long as there is a lab included. Courses for science majors are strongly recommended.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Comparative
Chemistry I
Any 4 semester credit hour Chemistry classes that include a lab may be used for this requirement. They must be two different classes, not just the same class taken at two different colleges. For example, if you take Chemistry 1 at one university and then take Chemistry 1 at another university, you cannot count that as both of your required course for chemistry. Chemistry for science majors strongly recommended.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Any
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
Any 4 semester credit hour Chemistry classes that include a lab may be used for this requirement. They must be two different classes, not just the same class taken at two different colleges. For example, if you take Chemistry 1 at one university and then take Chemistry 1 at another university, you cannot count that as both of your required course for chemistry. Chemistry for science majors strongly recommended.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Any
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
Physics I
Any 4 semester credit hour Physics classes that include a lab may be used for this requirement. They must be two different classes, not just the same class taken at two different colleges. For example, if you take Physics 1 at one university and then take Physics 1 at another university, you cannot count that as both of your required course for physics. Physics for science majors strongly recommended.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics: Any
  • Physics I
  • Physics: General
  • Physics II
Physics II
Any 4 semester credit hour Physics classes that include a lab may be used for this requirement. They must be two different classes, not just the same class taken at two different colleges. For example, if you take Physics 1 at one university and then take Physics 1 at another university, you cannot count that as both of your required course for physics. Physics for science majors strongly recommended.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics: Any
  • Physics I
  • Physics: General
  • Physics II
Physiology
This course must be a science based course typically offered by the Science Department. Four semester credit hours with a lab of Anatomy AND four semester credit hours with a lab of physiology OR 8 semester hours with labs of A&P I & II. If you take A&P I you must also take A&P II as taking both will include the whole body. Some examples of course titles for Anatomy are Medical Anatomy, Human Anatomy, Vertebrate Anatomy, or Mammalian Anatomy. We do NOT accept Exercise Physiology for Physiology requirement. Check with your university to find out what they offer.
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: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Psychology
Any 3 semester credit hour of Psychology will be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4.5
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Advanced
  • Psychology: Any
  • 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: Psychopathology
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
  • Psychology: Statistics
Statistics
Any 3 semester credit hour Statistics course preferably psychology or education based course. Recommend include ANOVA.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4.5
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics