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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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Why Should You Apply To Our Program?

  • The program is well established and has been in existence for more than 40 years (first class graduated in 1976).
  • Class size is relatively small, which is ideal for a physical therapy curriculum (student: faculty ratio ~3:1).
  • Students form solid bonds with one another, much like family.
  • The market for Physical Therapists is currently strong, a trend that is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.
  • Average starting salary is approximately $58,00-$75,000 per year
  • Graduates are approached before graduation for recruitment
  • All of our graduates have found placement
  • Many job opportunities are right here in New Mexico – check our Job Posting Page for recently submitted jobs
  • The curriculum is challenging, fulltime and intensive with 3 years of study.
  • Because we’re part of the School of Medicine (SOM), we have a definite advantage over most other schools, including use of SOM resources:
    • excellent cadaver lab; hands on education using cadavers
    • award winning medical library
    • more funding options
  • Exceptional students make our program what it is. They are in it for all the right reasons:
    • excellent students (average GPA of 3.5 or better)
    • choice to make a positive difference in another’s life
    • More financial aid opportunities than other graduate programs
  • Faculty retention a major plus:
    • Faculty have a long-term commitment to the program and its students; many faculty have been in our program for over 15 years, bringing a continuity of excellence
    • Faculty have a very broad range of specialties including neurology, pediatrics, geriatrics, orthopedics, sports, acute care, etc.
    • Faculty are in academic education for the love of teaching; they are here for the students and are dedicated to helping them learn!
    • Faculty team with our students on research and publications.

The program's selection process does not discriminate against any student on the basis of gender, marital or parental status, race, color, religion, age, national origin or physical handicap.