Meet Mersida Kolenovic

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Class of 2021

Who I am 

I am a first-generation college graduate from Dallas and the first person in my family to go into health care. Everyone else in my family works in the restaurant business. Working in my family’s Italian restaurant, I learned how to be flexible and work under pressure. I also knew I wanted to work in a people-oriented profession, but the restaurant business was not my passion. 

Why I want to be a physical therapist 

I was going through a tough time and realized that movement has such an impact on mental health. Getting up and going just brightens your mood. I wanted to share that with others. I also love that physical therapists get to spend a lot of time with their patients over the course of their care. 

What I love about UNTHSC 

The campus is so inviting, and everyone smiles or waves at you with a warm welcome. I also love that so many people have a genuine interest in giving back to the community. I also appreciate how much student feedback is valued. I feel like my voice is heard. 

About the School of Health Professions 

The School of Health Professions educates and trains providers for careers in two of the most rewarding and in-demand fields in all of health care: physical therapy and physician assistants. 

What you should know

  • 100% employment. Every 2018 graduate of the Department of Physical Therapy was employed within six months of leaving UNTHSC. 
  • The 33-month long Doctor of Physical Therapy program features a low student-faculty ratio, interdisciplinary education and clinical experiences.
  • The ultimate pass rate for graduating classes of 2014, 2015 and 2016 is 100%. For 2017 and 2018, it is 95%.  

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About UNT Health Science Center 

Located in Fort Worth’s beautiful Cultural District, UNTHSC is a graduate university for more than 2,000 students in medicine, science and public health. It has six schools that educate and train providers of the future to become doctors, public health experts, biomedical scientists, pharmacists, physical therapists and physician assistants. 

Working in health care teams and training in a strong culture built on shared values, UNTHSC team members are dedicated to transforming lives in order to improve the lives of others.