Hello and welcome to the University of New Mexico Physical Therapy Program. Our campus is housed in the UNM School of Medicine, in between the towering Sandia Mountains to the east and the Rio Grande River to the west. Sandia means watermelon in Spanish, and our mountains live up to their name during the winter when the sunsets turn them a brilliant pink.
Here at UNM PT, we pride ourselves on a student centered approach to physical therapy education. We must be doing something right, since this year we were chosen by Graduateprograms.com as the sixth best physical therapy program in the nation in terms of student satisfaction. Our program is a success because of our wonderful students, faculty and staff. Most of our faculty are still involved in clinical practice, and collectively we have over 200 years of clinical experience to bring to the classroom. Our primary goals are to create a physical therapist that has all of the knowledge and skills to hit the ground running and, equally as important, the skills to continue their education for the rest of their professional career. We have done many things to ensure this, from maintaining a low student to teacher ratio to recently upgrading our classrooms with state-of-the-art audiovisual technology. In addition, we recently completed construction of our world class motion analysis lab where we are already involved in several research projects. We will be opening our doors to the clinical side soon, concentrating on gait analysis for children with cerebral palsy. We also have a new anatomy lab that allows students to fully appreciate our challenging anatomy class. Additionally, we boast some 180 different clinical sites for our students to finish their (formal) physical therapy education in states all over the U.S. I personally lead a trip to Guatemala every year with 8 of our students where we volunteer at a hospital/orphanage and do wheelchair fittings at a local wheelchair factory. All in all, we are constantly striving to provide creative ways to prepare students for their exciting careers in physical therapy.
We are proud of our program and invite you to contact us, or better yet, visit us to get to know us better.
Burke Gurney, PT, PhD, OCS
Interim Chief and Professor
UNM Division of Physical Therapy