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 andare seeking a professional licensure as a physical therapist.

What is the length of the program and what degree isawarded?

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

How many candidates are accepted to the PhysicalTherapy program?

We plan to invite 42 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 inthe 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 afull-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 ScienceCenter 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 mybachelor’s degree?

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

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

Yes. You must have an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institutionin the United States prior to matriculation into the program. Since our DPT programbegins classes in mid-summer each year, your degree must be conferred by May prior tomatriculation. Your degree may still be in progress at the time of your application.

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

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

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

You may apply and by offered an interview even if all of your prerequisites are notcompleted. You will be required to detail your plan for completion on your application. Ifoffered a position in the class, the offer will be “conditional” upon your completing all ofthe program requirements prior to the program’s start date. Applicants who fail tocomplete prerequisite coursework prior to matriculation will have their applicationwithdrawn and/or their admissions offer forfeited. We strongly recommend having themajority of your academic prerequisite work completed prior to interviewing.

Does UNTHSC offer any of the prerequisite courses?

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

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

Yes, as long as the course description adequately matches the description of ourprogram’s required academic prerequisites. Please note that all science classes must beintended for science majors and have a laboratory component. If you need assistance indetermining if a specific course qualifies, please contact the academic advising office atyour institution or the department from which the course is offered. Many colleges anduniversities have a pre-health advising office. If your institution is unsure whether acourse is acceptable, you may contact us directly with the institution name, coursenumber, course title, course description, and the direct link to the institution catalog forreview.

Are prerequisite courses taken at a community collegeconsidered less competitive than those taken at theuniversity level?

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

Are on-line courses acceptable to fulfill prerequisiterequirements?

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

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

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

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

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

From whom should I request recommendation letters?

We suggest that you obtain at least one of your letters of recommendation from aphysical therapists with whom you have worked or completed volunteer/observationhours. Other letters may be from professors, employers, community leaders, or otherindividuals 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 PhysicalTherapy required?

No, however, competitive applicants will have knowledge of the field. Exposure to avariety of PT settings is the best method for this knowledge acquisition.

How do I document my volunteer and work hours?

You will account for your hours in the appropriate section of the PTCAS.

Is the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) required?

No, the GRE is not required and scores will not be attached to applicant files norconsidered in the admissions process.

How competitive is the admissions process?

The admissions process is extremely competitive. The DPT program typically receivesover 900 applications for our 42 available seats each year.

What are the characteristics of an ideal candidate foryour program?

An ideal candidate must demonstrate that s/he has a strong work ethic and desire toenter the physical therapy profession. He or she will have a combination of life, work andacademic experience that shows a capacity to perform under the demands of achallenging 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 mostrecent 60 credit hours of coursework and a minimum 3.0 GPA in required prerequisitecoursework. Maintaining the minimum required GPA is not necessarily equivalent toachieving a competitive GPA. What is considered competitive varies according to thequality of the applicant pool during each application cycle. The average Last 60 GPA forthe entering class of 2014 was 3.78 and the average Prerequisite GPA for the same classwas 3.72.

Is there a minimum grade required to satisfyprerequisite coursework requirements?

All prerequisite courses must be passed with a grade of “C” or better (2.0 or higher on 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 beacademically successful, who are motivated to become clinicians and who have a deepunderstanding of the field of Physical Therapy. All applications to the DPT program arereviewed holistically giving consideration to a variety of factors, including but not limitedto: 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, PTshadowing/mentoring experience, patient care experience, volunteer experience,leadership experience, communication skills (written and verbal), letters ofrecommendation, and interview performance. The most competitive candidates will excelin all of these areas.

What are my chances of getting accepted into theprogram?

This question is difficult, if not impossible, to answer. There is no way to determine thequality or quantity of each year’s applicant pool. A variety of candidates with variousbackgrounds will apply to the program each year, and a variety of applicants will bedeemed admissible. There is no way to say who will or will not be admitted, nor can anyguarantee 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 anadmissions interview.

How do I apply? When do I apply?

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

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

Once your PTCAS has been verified and delivered to our Office of Admissions, we will beprompted to process your file. Upon processing of your application, you will be sent anautomated e-mail with instructions regarding viewing the status of your application. Thisemail contains your Enterprise User Identification (EUID) and Personal IdentificationNumber (PIN). With the EUID and PIN, applicants can access the status of theirdocuments received by the Admissions Office, as well as get additional information aboutthe admissions process.

How do I access the status of my application? What if Ihave 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 emailcontains your Enterprise User Identification (EUID) and Personal Identification Number(PIN). With the EUID and PIN, applicants can access the status of their documentsreceived by the Admissions Office, as well as get additional information about theadmissions process. If your application has been submitted you should receive your EUIDand 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 usethe same EUID and PIN that was assigned to them previously. If you have forgotten yourEUID or password, please access my.hsc.unt.edu and manage your EUID or password inthe “Login Help” section.

If I am reapplying, do I need to submit new applicationmaterials?

Yes. The admissions process can change from one cycle to another so all new applicationmaterials must be submitted. In order to be successful as a reapplicant, your applicationmaterials 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-residentstudents pay non-resident tuition rates.

What is the time commitment and can I work while inschool?

You will be expected to be available for class from 8 AM to 5 PM, Monday-Friday. Due tothe time commitment necessary to attend classes and study, we recommend that you donot 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 Ieligible to apply?

Each applicant must complete all the program requirements as outlined in the officialcatalog, including prerequisite coursework and an earned bachelor’s degree from aregionally accredited, U.S. institution. Please note that the requirement for a bachelor’sdegree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution will not be waived and exceptions arenot 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 foreigncoursework.

What is the course load like? What courses will I betaking 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 duringorientation.

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.Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM