2016-17 Applicants

University of New Mexico


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Contact Information more...

Rosalia De Leon
Program Administrator
UNM Physical Therapy Program
University of New Mexico
MSC 09-5230
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM, 87131
(505) 272-6956
UNMPTProgram@salud.unm.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/18/2017
Additional information about the class profile
Program gives strong preference to residents of the state of New Mexico.
Social networking
Facebook Page for PT Program
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
30
Anticipated size of next entering class
30
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
80%
% of WICHE applicants accepted
3%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
17%

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 Physical Therapy Division, 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 Physical Therapy Division 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 Physical Therapy Division 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 Guatamala, a faculty directed student pro-bono Physical Therapy 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
10/03/2016
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

Interviews will be offered to the top 50-60 applicants based on GPA, GRE, letters of recommendation and essays. Interviews, required for admissions,  will be conducted on January 28, 2017. 



 


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$1000.00

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
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.00
3.62
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.82
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
All pre-requisite classes, including any repeated classes, MUST be completed by December 2016.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7670
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
10/03/2016
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
10/03/2011
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
 
155
Verbal reasoning % score
30%
66%
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
 
154
Quantitative reasoning % score
20%
56%
Analytical writing scaled score
2.0
4.0
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
GRE® General Test and GRE® REVISED General Test accepted

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

* other
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
10/03/2016
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 their deadlines.
Supplemental Requirements
Completion of the New Mexico Residency Form (only if you are from New Mexico)
Copy of current driver's license for any New Mexico resident
If applicable: Unofficial transcript from fall 2016 coursework by 12/20/2016 submitted via email
Deadline for supplemental materials
2016-10-03
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
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
All prerequisites MUST be completed by December 2016
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
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
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
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
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
300-Level or above.
Course Level
Upper Division
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Exercise Physiology
Nutrition, Health, Wellness
Must be a Nutrition course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Nutrition, Health, Wellness
Physics I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Psychology
Developmental and/or Abnormal Psych are recommended but not required. 2 of 2 psychology courses required.
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
  • Psychology: General II
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
Psychology
1 of 2 psychology courses required.
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
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics