2015-16 Applicants

University of Texas at El Paso


Contact Information more...

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

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
05/31/2016
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
83%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
14%
% 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. 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 from the first 2 cohorts have passed the licensure exam and are employed within six months.The data from the Class of 2014 are pending.

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
11/02/2015
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

An open house will be held in the fall semester. A tentative date is set for September 12, 2015. However, check the program's website for confirmation as the date is subject to change.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
No
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$0.00

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
 

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
8837
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
11/02/2015
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
11/02/2005
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

 
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 your 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
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
11/02/2015
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
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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.

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
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
Foreign transcripts must be credentialed by an approved US foreign credentialing service.

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
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 physiology course must be a science based course typically offered by the Science Department. Four credits of Upper division physiology is preferred for this requirement. If an applicant takes sophomore level Anatomy and Physiology, then 8 credit hours are required. Some examples of course titles are Medical Physiology, Human Physiology, Vertebrate Physiology, or Mammalian Physiology. We do NOT accept Exercise Physiology for this requirement. Check with your university to find out what they offer.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4 or 8
QH: 6 or 12
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: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Developmental
Psychology
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4.5
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General
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