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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Application Process

Students are admitted once a year with classes beginning in August.  We will notify applicants of admissions selections by March 1.   Part of the admissions process involves a required in person interview. Interviews will be scheduled on January 25th, 2020 for the DPT Class of 2023.

Although the majority of our students are residents of New Mexico, residents of other states are invited to apply.  Residents of Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, and Wyoming are eligible to apply to our program under the Professional Student Exchange Program of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Students who complete the WICHE application process in their home state prior to the WICHE submission deadline and get certified as eligibe for WICHE will be cosidered as in-state residents for admissions purposes.For more information on WICHE, please visit their website at www.wiche.edu.

Class of 2021 Demographics

 Female/male                               19/13

GRE Verbal (mean)                       62nd percentile

GRE Quantitative (mean)              45th percentile

Prerequisite GPA (mean)               3.71

Cumulative GPA                           3.68

Instate/WICHE/Out of State        24/1/7

Requirements for a complete application include all of the following:

  1. Complete a bachelor degree in any field by the spring semester May 2020 (semester curriculum) or June 2020 (trimester curriculum).
  2. Have a cumulative GPA from all coursework, both undergraduate and graduate combined, of ≥ 2.67.
  3. Complete at least 45 hours of observation in as many physical therapy practice settings as possible by October 15, 2019.
  4. Arrange for three professional references (1 must be from a PT).
  5. Order official transcripts sent to PTCAS from all colleges and universities you have attended.
  6. Take the GRE (between November 15, 2014 - November 15, 2019) with official scores sent to our program number 7670.  Meet the minimum requirements of: 25% verbal and  20% for quantitative. 
    • Prospective NM Students can apply for a free GRE+ Prep Course by March 27th, 2019 to help increase competitiveness.
  7. Complete 36 hours of prerequisites with a C or better AND have a prerequisite GPA of ≥ 3.0. You should have all prerequisites completed by December 2019.
    • You are permitted to have one final prerequisite to be taken during the 2020 Spring Semester. If you have more than one (1) outstanding prerequsite class yet to take after the December 2019 academic update, your application will be considered incomplete and will not move forward.
    • Pass/Fail or CR/NC options are NOT acceptable for any of the pre-requisite courses. If you are trying to use Advanced Placement credits for a prerequisite class, please contact us so we can verify that it meets the specific class requirements.
    • There is no expiration date on prerequisite courses that meet the acceptable course, credit and lab criteria listed on the prerequisite page.
  8. Download the PTCAS instructions.
  9. Complete the PTCAS application process.
  10. Complete the NM Residency form if applicable.
  11. Complete an academic update in PTCAS in December 2019, to update any classes listed as in progress in the Fall semester, if applicable.  If you are enrolled in classes in Spring of 2020 they should also be listed in PTCAS as in progress.  Remember only one of those classes can be a prerequisite (see #7 above).

Prior to matriculation in the program:

  1. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the Physical Therapy Program if they are unable to meet the technical standards of the program. Technical Standards for physical therapy students are defined by the program at the provided link.

  2. If you have a physical or learning disability, you are asked to self-report your educational needs. Evaluation of the disability by a physician or other appropriate professional must be presented at the time of the report in order for accommodations to be arranged. Evaluation of the disability by a physician or other appropriate professional must be presented at the time of the report in order for accommodations to be arranged.

  3. If you are currently enrolled in classes or have not yet graduated with your bachelor’s degree, send in any updated official transcripts that show degree completion in May 2020 (semester curriculum) or June 2020 (trimester curriculum).