UNM pt


Division of Physical Therapy
UNM Health Sciences Center
MSC 09-5230
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Phone: 505-272-5479
Fax: 505-272-8079

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Letter From The Chief

Thank you for your interest in the University of New Mexico Physical Therapy Program.

We are located at the UNM Health Sciences Center campus, between the towering Sandia Mountains to the east and the Rio Grande Valley to the west. Northern New Mexico is high desert (Albuquerque sits at 5,000 ft above sea level), offering wonderful weather throughout the year. It is one of the only places in the world where one can ski in the mountains in the morning and bike in shorts in the valley the same afternoon. It is truly a special place for outdoor enthusiasts.

What makes UNM PT unique is our commitment to student centered learning. We must be doing something right; we have been chosen as one of the top 15 PT schools for faculty support by Graduateprograms.com for several years running. We pride ourselves in offering many non-traditional ways of learning, including a faculty lead 2-week clinical experience in Guatemala, a service learning (AKA pro bono) clinic were students can obtain real world clinical experience beginning the first semester of the program, and simulated patient labs to address clinical skill development in a realistic setting. In addition, we feature several other integrated clinical experiences including numerous mini-clinicals, a full-time 9 week orthopaedic clinical after the first year, followed by three more 9 week clinicals in the third year. The feedback we get from the students is that all of these experiences are welcome breaks from the rigorous classroom curriculum.

Other highlights of our program include a state of the art motion analysis lab that we use for teaching, research and clinical gait analysis. Our research endeavors have grown considerably over the last few years, with active collaborations within exercise physiology, athletic training, and engineering. For their capstone projects, students are given the option of either joining one of our faculty in their numerous research questions, or developing a case report based on a patient seen in the clinic. The clinical side of the motion lab involves evaluating children with cerebral palsy to help orthopaedic surgeons with clinical decision making. Additionally, we are involved in the development of a new 3,000 square foot fitness center where students will be paired with PT faculty every Friday afternoon to develop custom fitness programs for UNM employees.

All in all, we are striving to provide creative ways to prepare students for the ever-evolving profession of physical therapy.
We are proud of our program and invite you to contact our Director of Admissions, Dr. Beth Moody Jones, with any questions. Or better yet, come and visit us to get to know us better.

Burke Gurney, PT, PhD, OCS
Professor and Chief
UNM Division of Physical Therapy