Doctor of Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy is a healthcare profession with the primary purpose of promoting optimal physical function and healthy living. Physical therapists apply evidence-based practice with scientific principles to improve mobility by developing individualized treatment plans. The goals are to prevent, improve, and/or maintain functional mobility at all levels of activity. Physical therapy encompasses areas of specialization and includes the development of new approaches to more effectively meet existing and emerging health care needs. Other professional activities that physical therapists participate in include research, education, community health promotion, and administration. To learn more about physical therapy, visit the American Physical Therapy Association website.
UTEP offers a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. The application process is very competitive with specific minimum requirements listed below. The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at The University of Texas at El Paso is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. Graduates of the DPT Program are eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE). After successful completion of this examination, graduates apply for state licensure usually based on the results of the NPTE scores.
A felony conviction may affect eligibility for Physical Therapy licensure in the State of Texas (or other states). Questions concerning Texas licensure may be answered by contacting the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners, 333 Guadalupe Ste 2-510 Austin, TX 78701.
The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Doctor of Physical Therapy Program will graduate highly qualified doctors of physical therapy prepared to provide culturally proficient and linguistically competent care in our border region and beyond. We endeavor to develop leaders who are committed to patient-centered care, evidence-based practice, our community’s health, life-long learning, and the advancement of the physical therapy profession.
Physical Therapy Curriculum
The DPT curriculum is a lockstep curriculum where all didactic courses are offered only once following a lockstep sequence. During the first year, students complete courses in foundational and clinical sciences as well as general physical therapy examination and intervention procedures. Clinical courses begin in the third semester including Cardiopulmonary Patient Management.
During the second year, students continue with clinical courses focusing on patient examination and treatment with emphasis on integument, orthopedic, and neurological impairments. In addition, students study impairments specific and unique to pediatric patients. Most of the third year is devoted to clinical education.
The final didactic course addresses emerging trends in physical therapy. Students also complete a final capstone project.
The full-time clinical experiences during the third year of the program occur at facilities located in various parts of Texas and the surrounding states. The expense of relocating and working at these sites is the student's responsibility.
A Bachelor's degree is required prior to admission. The Required Prerequisites Course List is listed below. Note that a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on four point scale is required to apply to the program.
The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required, and while there is no minimum score required, the score will be considered in the competitive admissions process. International students must take the TOEFL examination unless exempt (eg Bachelor degree obtained in the US). In addition, 50 clock hours of volunteer or paid experience in a physical therapy setting is required, and must be supervised by a licensed physical therapist.
Minimum Admission Requirements
- Completion of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited educational institution
- Completed Physical Therapy application by set deadline
- Official transcripts from all universities or colleges attended must be sent to PTCAS by set deadline
- GRE (Graduate Record Examination) Official Scores must be reported to PTCAS and to UTEP through ETS by set deadline
- Completion of 38 hours of required prerequisite courses
- A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and a minimum prerequisite coursework GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
- Fifty (50) clock hours of documented volunteer or paid work experience in a physical therapy setting under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist reported to PTCAS by set deadline
- One recommendation from a physical therapist who supervised the applicant's work or volunteer experience sent to PTCAS by set deadline
- Two recommendations from individuals concerning the attributes which qualify the applicant for this program sent to PTCAS by set deadline (See www.ptcas.org for qualifying recommenders)
- Completion of TOEFL sent to PTCAS by set deadline (Required of International Students, minimum score determined by the Graduate School)
NOTE: To engage in clinical rotations, which are a crucial element in the curriculum, all students in the Physical Therapy Program must undergo and pass a background check and drug screen prior to matriculation. Applicants will be responsible for the costs of obtaining a background check report and drug screen. In addition, students are required to obtain immunization required by the state of Texas and clinical affiliates. Information is available at the College of Health Sciences compliance Web site. .
Applicants for the program should have completed the following prerequisite courses (38 semester credit hours):
- 8 semester credit hours in biological sciences with labs (not botany) 8 semester credit hours in general chemistry with labs 8 semester credit hours in general physics with labs 4 semester credit hours in anatomy with labs AND
- 4 semester credit hours in physiology with labs OR(a two course sequence in anatomy and physiology with labs totaling 8 credit hours 3 semester credit hours in psychology 3 semester credit hours in statistics
Recommended courses (not required for admission, but may contribute to success in physical therapy education): Exercise Physiology, Medical Terminology, Public Speaking course (or participation in Toastmasters)
Completion of the above requirements makes a student eligible for selection, but does not guarantee admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. The final selection is competitive.
The deadline for application changes from year to year and is available on the UTEP DPT website at http://www.utep.edu/chs/pt/ and http://www.ptcas.org/home.aspx. Applicants will be informed of admissions decisions after all applications have been reviewed.
Required Credits: 99
|Doctor of Physical Therapy (All courses require a grade of C or better)|
|DRSC 5301||Normal Physiology/Embryology||3|
|DRSC 5388||Pathophysiology for Health Sci||3|
|DRSC 5390||Neuroscience for Hlth Sciences||3|
|DRSC 5495||Anatomy for Health Sciences||4|
|PT 5102||Surface Anatomy||1|
|PT 5103||Patient Care Skills||1|
|PT 5104||Spanish Medical Terminology||1|
|PT 5105||Integrated Clinical Education||1|
|PT 5204||Test and Measures||2|
|PT 5216||Research Methods for PT||2|
|PT 5233||Behavioral Science Topics||2|
|PT 5311||Modalities in PT Practice||3|
|PT 5340||Management and Finance in PT||3|
|PT 5407||Med Kines and Motion Analysis||4|
|PT 5413||Clinical Education in PT I||4|
|PT 5425||Clinical Education in PT II||4|
|PT 5443||Clinical Education in PT III||4|
|PT 6108||Integument Patient Management||1|
|PT 6110||Integrative Seminar I||1|
|PT 6111||Integrative Seminar II||1|
|PT 6116||PT Capstone Project I||1|
|PT 6117||PT Capstone Project II||1|
|PT 6201||Law and Ethics in PT Practice||2|
|PT 6202||Professional Practice in PT||2|
|PT 6203||Differential Diagnosis||2|
|PT 6205||Pharmacology in PT||2|
|PT 6207||Motor Control & Motor Learning||2|
|PT 6210||Clinical Exercise Physiology||2|
|PT 6211||Emerging Trends in PT||2|
|PT 6302||PT Exercise Prescription||3|
|PT 6304||Evidence-Based Practice in PT||3|
|PT 6307||Cardiopulmonary Patient Mgmt||3|
|PT 6311||Musculoskeletal I||3|
|PT 6312||Musculoskeletal II||3|
|PT 6313||Musculoskeletal III||3|
|PT 6314||Neuromuscular Rehabilitation I||3|
|PT 6414||Neuromuscular Rehab II||4|
|PT 6606||Clinical Education in PT IV||6|