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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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The University of New Mexico PT Program understands that this is a difficult time for everyone and that several parts of the application process may be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are committed to helping future applicants by making the following changes in line with PTCAS recommendations for the 2020-2021 application cycle.


  • We will accept pass, credit and satisfactory grades for prerequisite courses taken in the Spring and Summer 2020 semesters for prerequisite requirements.
  • We will still accept online and/or distance learning courses for prerequisite courses.  Please verify with PTCAS that the institution is accredited to be offering that course and that they will verify grades from that institution. 
  • We will accept the new at-home GRE testing being offered by ETS but the deadline for taking the GRE is still October 1st, 2020.
  • We understand that applicants may have difficulty obtaining or completing the 45 required shadowing hours before the applications are due on October 1st, 2020.  We will extend the time available to complete your shadowing hours to December during the PTCAS academic update.  

Application changes for the 2020-2021 cycle:

Our application deadline has changed. Applications must be completed in PTCAS by October 1st. This includes the GRE. You must have taken the GRE (between October 1, 2015 – October 1, 2020). There is no longer a 1 month grace period after applications are submitted to take the GRE. You must have taken the GRE by October 1st, 2020. Please monitor that your official scores are sent from ETS to PTCAS.

Anatomy/physiology prerequisites must be taken within the last 5 years.  There is no expiration date on the other prerequisite classes that meet the acceptable course, credit and lab criteria listed on the prerequisite page.

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 23rd, 2021 for the DPT Class of 2024.

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 eligible for WICHE will be considered as in-state residents for admissions purposes.  For more information on WICHE, please visit their website at www.wiche.edu.


Class of 2023 Demographics


Female/male                               18/14

GRE Verbal (mean)                       60th percentile

GRE Quantitative (mean)              46th percentile

Prerequisite GPA (mean)               3.68

Cumulative GPA (mean)                 3.58

Instate/WICHE/Out of State        24/0/8


Requirements for a complete application include all of the following:

  1. Complete a bachelor degree in any field by the spring semester May 2021 (semester curriculum) or June 2021 (trimester curriculum).

  2. Have a cumulative GPA from all coursework, both undergraduate and graduate combined, of greater than or equal to 2.67.

  3. Complete at least 45 hours of observation in as many physical therapy practice settings as possible by October 1, 2020.

    • Applicants for the 2020-2021 cycle will have until December during the PTCAS academic update to fulfill their 45 observation hours due to delays caused by the Coronavirus.
       
  4. Arrange for two 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 October 1, 2015 – October 1, 2020) with official scores sent to our program number 7670.  Meet the minimum requirements of: 25% verbal and  20% for quantitative. 

    • We will accept the at-home GRE for this requirement, however it is still due by October 1st, 2020 with your completed application.

  7. Complete 36 hours of prerequisites with a C or better AND have a prerequisite GPA of greater than or equal to 3.0. You should have all prerequisites completed by December 2020.

    • You are permitted to have one final prerequisite to be taken during the 2021 Spring Semester. If you have more than one (1) outstanding prerequisite class yet to take after the December 2020 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 except for those courses taken during Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 academic semesters. We will accept pass, credit and satisfactory grades for classes that were affected by the Coronavirus outbreak taken during the Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 semesters.

    • 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 and is listed appropriately on your transcript.

    • Anatomy/physiology prerequisites must be taken within the last 5 years.  There is no expiration date on the other prerequisite classes that meet the acceptable course, credit and lab criteria listed on the prerequisite page.

  8. Complete the PTCAS application process by October 1st, 2020.

    • Do not wait until the last minute to submit your application. PTCAS may encounter technical difficulties due to high volume of applications being submitted.

  9. Complete the NM Residency form if applicable, available via the provided link.

  10. Complete an academic update in PTCAS in December 2020, to update any classes listed as in progress in the Fall semester, if applicable. 

    • If you are enrolled in classes in Spring of 2021 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 as of May 2021 (semester curriculum) or June 2021 (trimester curriculum).