FAQ:

What is the DPT Program?

The DPT is an entry-level professional program leading to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. The program is designed for students who have a bachelor’s degree and are seeking a professional licensure as a physical therapist.

What is the length of the program?

The DPT program is 33 consecutive months. We enroll one cohort of students in July of each year.

How many candidates are accepted to the Physical Therapy program?

We plan to invite 46 candidates to join our 2015 cohort.

What is a cohort program?

We admit one group of students each year and those students take the same courses in the same order throughout their 33 months in the program.

Can you attend the DPT program part-time?

No. Due to the fixed sequence of the didactic curriculum, all students must enroll on a full-time basis.

Where is the UNTHSC DPT program?

UNT Health Science center is located in Fort Worth, Texas.

Is the program accredited?

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of North Texas Health Science Center is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE ), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org ; website: http://www.capteonline.org .

Does it matter which school I attend to earn my bachelor’s degree?

No, but your bachelor’s degrees must be obtained at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university to be deemed acceptable. Information regarding regional accreditation is available from the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Do I have to have a bachelor’s degree in order to be accepted for the DPT program?

Yes. You must have an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States prior to matriculation into the program. Since our DPT program begins classes in mid-summer each year, your degree must be conferred by May prior to matriculation. Your degree may still be in progress at the time of your application. If your degree is outstanding during the application process and you are offered admission into the program, your admission will be contingent on you earning your degree prior to the start of DPT classes in July.

What is the best major to have to prepare me for the DPT program?

The Admissions Committee does not recommend a particular academic major or course of study for applicants. The Admissions Committee encourages you to pursue an undergraduate major that allows you to develop strong analytical skills and a basis in science which will contribute to your success in the DPT program. We recommend you choose a major or minor that allows you to easily integrate mandatory prerequisite coursework as well as strongly recommended coursework into your degree plan.

Do I have to have all of my prerequisite courses completed before I apply to the DPT program?

You may apply and by offered an interview even if your have prerequisite courses that are not completed. You will be required to detail your plan for completion on your application. If offered a position in the class, the offer will be “conditional” upon your completing all of the program requirements prior to the program’s start date. Applicants who fail to complete prerequisite coursework prior to matriculation will have their application withdrawn and/or their admissions offer forfeited. We strongly recommend having the majority of your academic prerequisite work completed prior to interviewing. Applicants who have all prerequisite courses completed at the time of application give the Admissions Committee more complete data on which to base an admissions decision.

Does UNTHSC offer any of the prerequisite courses on the campus in Fort Worth?

No. UNTHSC is a graduate only campus and does not offer courses at the undergraduate level. There are many local colleges and universities where prerequisite coursework is offered. Please contact the advising office at the institution you will be attending for information about prerequisite coursework offerings.

Can I take the academic prerequisites for the PT program at a community college?

Yes, as long as the course description adequately matches the description of our program’s required academic prerequisites. Please note that all science classes must be intended for science majors and have a laboratory component. If you need assistance in determining if a specific course qualifies, please contact the academic advising office at your institution or the department from which the course is offered. Many colleges and universities have a pre-health advising office. If your institution is unsure whether a course is acceptable, you may contact us directly with the institution name, course number, course title, course description, and the direct link to the institution catalog for review.

Are prerequisite courses taken at a community college considered less competitive than those taken at the university level?

In some instances, universities, faculty members, or the Admissions Committee may view community college coursework as less rigorous than coursework undertaken at the university level.

Are on-line courses acceptable to fulfill prerequisite requirements?

Yes, although it is strongly recommended that prerequisite science courses be completed in a traditional classroom setting. Please note that on-line courses are not exempt from the requirement to be designated for science majors in order to fulfill science prerequisite requirements.

Is there a limit on how long ago prerequisite coursework can be taken?

The Department of Physical Therapy does not set a time limit or expiration date on prerequisite coursework. However, the content knowledge from prerequisite coursework’s necessary to be successful in this program. You will have to determine for yourself whether or not you need to refresh your knowledge.

How do I know if the course I am taking satisfies an academic prerequisite?

Please contact the advising/counseling office at your institution or the department offering the course for information about prerequisite coursework offerings. The Office of Admissions is notable to advise you regarding degree plan requirements for your undergraduate degree. Consult with your assigned academic advisor, school counselor, or pre-health professions advisor with questions regarding degree plan advising at your institution. If you need assistance in determining whether a specific course meets a prerequisite requirement, please check with your academic advisor/counselor, pre-health advising office, or department from which the course is offered. If your institution is unsure whether a course is acceptable, please contact us by e-mail with the institution name, course number, course title, course description, and the direct link to the institution catalog for review.

From whom should I request recommendation letters?

We suggest that you obtain at least one of your letters of recommendation from a physical therapist with whom you have worked or completed volunteer/observation hours. Other letters may be from professors, employers, community leaders, or other individuals who can offer insight into your academic record, your volunteer experience, your character and integrity, or your potential for success in a doctoral level program. Letters must be submitted through PTCAS.

Are volunteer hours or work experience in Physical Therapy required?

No, however, competitive applicants will have knowledge of the PT profession. Exposure to a variety of PT settings is the best method for gaining knowledge of the profession.

How do I document my volunteer and work hours?

You will account for your hours in the appropriate section of the PTCAS. No formal verification is required outside of input into the PTCAS application.

Is the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) required?

No, the GRE is not required and scores will not be attached to applicant files nor considered in the admissions process.

How competitive is the admissions process?

The admissions process is extremely competitive. The DPT program typically receives over 900 applications for our 46 available seats each year.

What are the characteristics of an ideal candidate for your program?

An ideal candidate must demonstrate that s/he has a strong work ethic and desire to enter the physical therapy profession. He or she will have a combination of life, work and academic experience that shows a capacity to perform under the demands of challenging academic and professional program.

What is the minimum GPA required for admission?

The program requires that eligible candidates maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in the most recent 60 credit hours of coursework and a minimum 3.0 GPA in required prerequisite coursework. Maintaining the minimum required GPA is not necessarily equivalent to achieving a competitive GPA. What is considered competitive varies according to the quality of the applicant pool during each application cycle. The average Last 60 GPA for the entering class of 2014 was 3.78 and the average Prerequisite GPA for the same class was 3.72.

Is there a minimum grade required to satisfy prerequisite coursework requirements?

All prerequisite courses must be passed with a grade of “C” or better (2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale).

How do I know if I am a competitive applicant?

The Admissions Committee focuses on selecting candidates who have the potential to be academically successful, who are motivated to become clinicians and who have a deep understanding of the field of Physical Therapy. All applications to the DPT program are reviewed holistically giving consideration to a variety of factors, including but not limited to: overall academic performance, GPA (Prerequisite GPA and Last 60 GPA), depth, breadth and quality of academic preparation, consistency of academic performance, performance in strongly recommended courses (if applicable), knowledge of the field, PT shadowing/mentoring experience, patient care experience, volunteer experience, leadership experience, communication skills (written and verbal), letters of recommendation, and interview performance. The most competitive candidates will excel in all of these areas.

What are my chances of getting accepted into the program?

This question is difficult, if not impossible, to answer. There is no way to determine the quality or quantity of each year’s applicant pool. A variety of candidates with various backgrounds will apply to the program each year, and a variety of applicants will be deemed admissible. There is no way to say who will or will not be admitted, nor can any guarantee be made about any particular applicant’s chances to gain admittance.

Is an interview part of the admissions process?

Yes. The DPT program typically invites the 100 most competitive applicants to an admissions interview.

How do I apply? When do I apply?

The application is available through PTCAS between July 1st and January 15th. The priority deadline is October 1st. Applicants apply approximately one year in advance of their desired start date.

How do I know if the Admissions Office has received my application and materials?

Once your PTCAS has been verified and delivered to our Office of Admissions, we will be prompted to process your file. Upon processing of your application, you will be sent an automated e-mail with instructions regarding viewing the status of your application. This email contains your Enterprise User Identification (EUID) and Personal Identification Number (PIN). With the EUID and PIN, applicants can access the status of their documents received by the Admissions Office, as well as get additional information about the admissions process.

How do I access the status of my application? What if I have not received my EUID and PIN?

All applicants, excluding previous UNT Denton, Dallas, or HSC students, will be sent an e-mail with instructions regarding viewing the status of their applications. This email contains your Enterprise User Identification (EUID) and Personal Identification Number (PIN). With the EUID and PIN, applicants can access the status of their documents received by the Admissions Office, as well as get additional information about the admissions process. If your application has been verified by PTCAS you should receive your EUID and PIN e-mail within 5 business days. Please check your spam or junk mail folder. Students who have attended or applied to UNT Denton, Dallas, or HSC Fort Worth will use the same EUID and PIN that was assigned to them previously. If you have forgotten your EUID or password, please access my.hsc.unt.edu and manage your EUID or password in the “Login Help” section.

If I am reapplying, do I need to submit new application materials?

Yes. The admissions process can change from one cycle to another so all new application materials must be submitted. In order to be successful as a reapplicant, your application materials should reflect improvement from your previous application. Please review our posted Information for Reapplicants page.

What is the application/interview time frame?

July 1 – PTCAS opens

October 1 – Priority deadline

Mid November – Early interviews begin

January 15 – PTCAS closes

January 1 – March 1 – Admission Interviews continue

Do you give preference to in-state applicants?

Equal consideration is given to in-state and out-of-state applicants. Non-resident students pay non-resident tuition rates.

What is the time commitment and can I work while in school?

You will be expected to be available for class from 8 AM to 5 PM, Monday-Friday. Due to the time commitment necessary to attend classes and study, we recommend that you do not work while in the program.

How much is tuition?

Tuition information is available on the UNTHSC Tuition and Fees Register.

I already have a foreign bachelor’s degree – am I eligible to apply?

Each applicant must complete all the program requirements as outlined in the official catalog, including prerequisite coursework and an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited, U.S. institution. Please note that the requirement for a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution will not be waived and exceptions are not permitted. Foreign degrees are not considered equivalent nor are they accepted in lieu of an earned bachelor’s degree from the U.S. The program does not accept foreign coursework.

What is the course load like? What courses will I be taking in this program?

Please refer to our Sequence of Courses and Course Descriptions.

Is housing available on the UNTHSC campus?

No, UNTHSC does not have housing on campus. UNTHSC has partnered with Real Estate with Honors to allow users to search for a variety of housing options in the Fort Worth area.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, our Financial Aid Department can assist you with obtaining further information about other financial aid options.

Does the program require me to own a laptop computer?

Yes, enrolled students pay a technology fee and are issued a new laptop computer during orientation.

What if I still have questions?

You may e-mail us at PTAdmissions@unthsc.edu or call us at 817-735-2003 for more information. You are encouraged to participate in an Admissions Information Session. Individual advising appointments are not available.