2014-15 Applicants

University of Texas at El Paso


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...

Loretta Dillon
Admissions Chair
Physical Therapy Program
University of Texas at El Paso
500 W. University Ave
El Paso TX, 79968
(915) 747-8207
ldillon@utep.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
05/26/2015
Social networking
Facebook Page for PT Program
Facebook Page for Graduate Admissions Office
Twitter Page for PT Program
Twitter Page for Graduate Admissions Office
Twitter Page for Parent University/College/School
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
36
Anticipated size of next entering class
36
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
92%
% of WICHE applicants accepted
0%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
5%
% of CANADIAN applicants accepted
0%
% of INTERNATIONAL (non-U.S./non-Canadian)
3%

Program Description more...

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program endeavors to graduate ethical, competent practitioners who are prepared to practice autonomously and effectively in our unique Paso del Norte border region and in our country’s rapidly changing healthcare environment. We seek to develop life-long learners who are committed to evidence-based practice, cultural competency, community service, and professional growth throughout their careers.

While considering teaching to be our first priority, we are also committed to scholarship and service in order to improve physical therapy practice, physical therapy education, and the health of our communities in our region and beyond. We value diversity among our faculty and students, and take particular pride in our contribution to increasing the representation of the 21st century demographic in the physical therapy profession.

Four themes serve to frame and organize the program.
1. Strong and reciprocal student-faculty partnerships in teaching and learning (which are facilitated by small class sizes of 36 students)
2. The cultivation of self-directed learners dedicated to lifelong learning
3. Commitment to the American Physical Therapy Association Vision of “Transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience.”
4. Dedication to being agents of change for the good of our profession and our community

The UTEP DPT Program is unique in our integration of both Spanish and cultural competence in our curriculum. We are the only program nationally which requires medical Spanish AND incorporates Spanish language learning opportunities throughout clinical laboratory courses, clinical education, and service-learning. Students can apply for an international service-learning opportunity in Guatemala; DPT students collaborate with occupational therapy and speech-language pathology students and faculty to do wheelchair modifications, and have the opportunity to take intensive Spanish language lessons. It is our goal that UTEP DPT Program graduates develop at least basic medical Spanish language ability to more effectively practice physical therapy in this border region or other similar Hispanic-majority environments.

This post-baccalaureate DPT curriculum commences in May every year and concludes with graduation in December, 31 months later. The curriculum is founded on basic and applied scientific theory to foster keen clinical reasoning. An emphasis upon the development of professional values and skills is integrated throughout the curriculum. Full-time clinical experiences during the second and third years of the program occur at excellent facilities located in the El Paso area, throughout Texas, the surrounding states, and beyond.

Upon successful completion of all academic and curriculum requirement, students earn the Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree and can sit for licensure examination in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Since the inception of the UTEP DPT Program, 100% of graduates have passed the licensure exam and are employed within six months.

The UTEP DPT Faculty are all doctorally-trained professionals with a strong commitment to our students and to serving our border region. While the faculty are dedicated to contributing to research, each is particularly passionate about teaching in their areas of expertise. We emphasize evidence-based active learning strategies that engage the students and promote analytical thinking, reflection, and lifelong learning.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
11/03/2014
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
No
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$0.00
Deposit Refundable?
No

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
3.54
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.58
Last 60 Credit Hours Completed
3.00
3.60
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Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
8837
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
05/15/2007
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
 
149
Verbal reasoning % score
 
40%
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
 
149
Quantitative reasoning % score
 
37%
Analytical writing scaled score
 
3.5
Analytical writing % score
 
35%
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
The University of Texas at El Paso has no minimum GRE score required. 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 new PTCAS GRE code #8837.

Observation Hours

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
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
11/03/2014
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
No
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes
Description of supplemental requirements
The supplemental forms are available at the Link below. Select the tab entitled, "Prospective Students" then "Additional Application Forms".
Supplemental Requirements
DPT Student Profile Form, DPT Prerequisite Course Completion Form,
Deadline for supplemental materials
2014-11-03
Link to supplemental forms or instructions
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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
  • 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 (recommended)
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Send original Canadian transcript to PTCAS (recommended)
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
Mexican Nationals
Other Internationals

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
Course examples and Texas common course numbers for pre-requisites are found at the Link below.
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
Biology I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General
Biology II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • Biology: Cell
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Any
Communication / Speech / Public Speaking
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4.5
Acceptable Courses
  • Comm: Public Speaking
English Composition / Writing
9 semester hours of English required, 3 must come from a Composition course and 3 from a Technical Writing course. The remaining 3 hours can be any English Department course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4.5
Acceptable Courses
  • English Composition
  • English Composition I
English Composition / Writing
9 semester hours of English required, 3 must come from a Composition course and 3 from a Technical Writing course. The remaining 3 hours can be any English Department course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4.5
Acceptable Courses
  • English Composition
  • English Composition II
  • English Department Course
  • Literature
  • Writing
English Composition / Writing
9 semester hours of English required, 3 must come from a Composition course and 3 from a Technical Writing course. The remaining 3 hours can be any English Department course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4.5
Acceptable Courses
  • Technical Writing
Physics I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
The upper division (junior or senior level) physiology course must be a science based course typically offered by the Science Department. Some examples of course titles are Medical Physiology, Human Physiology, Vertebrate Physiology, or Mammalian Physiology. Check with your university to find out what they offer. For this particular requirement, we DO NOT accept sophomore level Anatomy and Physiology courses nor Exercise Physiology courses.
Course Level
Upper Division
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
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
QH: 4.5
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General
Psychology
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4.5
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Developmental
Statistics
Statistics should include ANOVA, preferably psychology or education based course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4.5
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics