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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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Vision & Mission Statement

Our Profession

Physical Therapy (PT) is a dynamic and rewarding health care profession whose primary purpose is the promotion of optimal health and human performance through the application of sound scientific principles to address the prevention, evaluation, and treatment of acute and chronic movement dysfunction. Physical therapists work with individuals of all ages to prevent/minimize the onset, symptoms, and progression of diverse impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities that impact movement. In countless settings, physical therapists enhance physical and functional abilities and promote optimal wellness and fitness in people with a variety of diseases, disorders, conditions, and injuries.

Because of the many positive benefits of the profession, physical therapists have one of the highest job-satisfaction levels in the country. The need for physical therapists is expected to increase into the future as the U.S. population ages and the demand for physical therapy services grows.

For more information about the profession of physical therapy and other accredited schools, contact the American Physical Therapy Association, 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314: 1-800-999-2782. 



Our Program

Our Physical Therapy Program is located within the School of Medicine at the University of New Mexico (UNM) Health Sciences Center, which is the largest academic health complex in the state of New Mexico. As a long-standing component of the UNM Health Sciences Center, the Physical Therapy Program is committed to offering an educational experience that provides the academic and clinical opportunities for individuals to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for the ethical and professionally competent practice of physical therapy. Our program prepares students to function as autonomous professional practitioners and integral members of a health care team who are responsive to the health care needs of the individual and society at-large. The aim of the program is to foster an attitude of responsibility and conduct that is consistent with the ethical and legal standards within the profession. Inherent in this mission is the goal of educating leaders in physical therapy who are proficient in the areas of education, research, supervision, management, consultation, promotion of health, prevention of dysfunction and provision of care, in order to meet the needs of the citizens of New Mexico and the world.

The UNM Physical Therapy Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), and our program has continually graduated excellent physical therapists since the first Physical Therapy Class of 1976. Currently our program consists of a three year curriculum of professional course work and clinical training which leads to a clinical Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree.

Our entry level DPT curriculum is 33 months in length, with classes beginning in August each year. Didactic content is presented in a uniquely integrated format. The first year coursework emphasizes anatomy, orthopedics, cardiopulmonary physical therapy and evidence-based practice, and includes an 6-week outpatient physical therapy clinical rotation. The second year focuses on various specialty areas such as neurological disorders, pediatrics, gerontology, and health promotion. In addition to didactic coursework in other specialty areas, the third year culminates in three final full-time clinical rotations over a 27-week period. 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 edifying clinical education experiences. Prior to graduation, students also successfully complete and present an evidence-based capstone project under the supervision of a faculty member. Personal attention is optimal for students in our program, since the class size of 30 is substantially smaller compared to a number of other programs.

All of the faculty members in the UNM Physical Therapy Program are committed to helping students achieve their goals of becoming excellent physical therapists. Our core faculty have a wide variety of expertise in all areas of physical therapy. Core faculty are engaged in diverse areas of research and clinical practice, and there are also numerous adjunct faculty engaged in the educational mission.

Policy on Non-discrimination and Accommodation 

The University of New Mexico forbids unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, ancestry or medical condition.  The University of New Mexico seeks to provide equal opportunity to students during clinical internships.  Students in need of an accommodation should provide reasonable prior notice to the Division Chief and to the Director of Clinical Education (for clinical rotations).

Questions or Concerns:

The Physical Therapy Division is committed to providing 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.  There may be times, however, when it is perceived the program has fallen short of its mission.   The Chief (or his/her designee) is responsible for responding to any and all complaints about the division including clinical or curriculum issues, students, faculty, staff, graduates, employers of graduates, and the public.  If you have a concern regarding our program, students, or graduates please contact Dr. Beth Moody Jones at bmjones@salud.unm.edu or 505-272-6850.  Your concern will be taken seriously and handled confidentially.  Depending on the issue, it may be referred to other entities including: UNM Dispute Resolution, UNM Office of Equal Opportunity, or HSC Office of Professionalism to name a few.  Student concerns will be handled through the UNM School of Medicine's Health Professional and Public Health Program Student Due Process Policy.