Physical Therapy

COVID-19 Updates for New Applicants

Attention prospective DPT applicants

With unprecedented and evolving changes in higher education caused by COVID-19, there are updates to the Admissions process for the Residential DPT program. Please review the updates below.

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The Residential Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program requires 40 semester hours of prerequisites for admission and 100 semester hours (three years) of professional courses after entry into the program.

  • Residential DPT Program Courses

Admissions Requirements

Application Deadline: November 1

To be considered for admission to the Residential Doctor of Physical Therapy program, applicants must present official documentation of the following student competencies:

  • GPA - Grade Point Average
    • Cumulative Minimum: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or Last 90 hours
    • Math/Science: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
      • Courses coded MATH, BIOL, CHEM, PHYS. Kinesiology and Statistics courses are not included in this calculation.
    • Note: We will use the higher GPA score from your cumulative GPA or the GPA from your last 90 hours.
  • GRE - Graduate Record Examination
    • All GRE scores, transcripts, recommendations, and student profile information must be submitted to the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS), even if you are a re-applicant or have already sent the score directly to UTMB. Your name must match exactly on both the GRE and PTCAS application.
      • GRE scores must be sent using code 3775.
  • Admissions Criteria
    • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university completed by May of the year in which you wish to begin the PT program.
    • Submission of three (3) references with email addresses from online recommendations to PTCAS. At least one reference must be a PT who supervised your work or volunteer experience.
    • Student honors and awards, professional and community involvement, and work or volunteer experience will be submitted via the PTCAS online application.
    • PT work or volunteer experience submitted to PTCAS. At least 80 hours of volunteer or paid experience in a physical therapy settings are required.
  • Prerequisite Courses

    Total Credit Hours: 40

    These are the prerequisite courses required of Residential DPT applicants:

    Note: Residential DPT applicants must complete 40 hours of the following prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better. All Math and Science prerequisite credits must be less than 10 years old. Class numbers are a guide only based on Texas Number system. It is not all inclusive. Numbering may vary school to school.

    General Chemistry for Science Majors with lab
    CHEM 1411 & 1412
    College or University Physics with lab
    PHYS 1401 & 1402 or above
    Biology for Science Majors with lab
    BIOL 1406 & 1407
    Physiology with lab *4
    College Algebra, Trigonometry, or Calculus
    MATH 1414
    Statistics **3
    General Psychology
    PSYC 2301
    Developmental Psychology ***
    PSYC 2314 / 2312


    * Physiology with lab - May be a Vertebrate, Chordate, Comparative or Human Physiology course. Must include lab. Must be a course for science majors. Anatomy & Physiology I and II can be used to meet this requirement.

    ** Statistics - Upper level psychology, sociology or education based is preferred. Must include ANOVA (Analysis of Variance)

    *** Developmental Psychology - Abnormal Psychology will not count.

  • DPT Class of 2022
    Average Math/Science GPAAverage Overall GPAAverage GRE ScoreAverage number of hours of observationAverage score of letters of recommendation

Application Process

  1. Complete and submit your PTCAS application. Note: Your application will be considered incomplete if there is missing information, including GRE scores, and/or documentation by the published deadlines, and will not be processed due to the volume of applications received.
  2. Complete and submit your supplemental application once UTMB Enrollment Services receives and processes your PTCAS application. Applicants will also need to send payment. Once both are received, applicants will be given a UTMB ID number for access to MyStar.
  3. The UTMB Department of Physical Therapy will notify all applicants via email when their applications have been received and when the admissions decision has been made. Please allow several weeks for processing.
  4. The top 150 candidates will be invited for an interview. Interviews will be held throughout the fall and final acceptance letters will be sent out early next year.
  5. UTMB has a rolling admissions process; therefore, your application is open until you hear from us with a final decision. If you do not hear from us by December 1, please contact us 409-772-3068 or email to inquire about the status of your application.
  6. Once accepted, all selected students will be required to undergo a background check for security clearance and pass a drug screen in order to matriculate at UTMB and other off-campus clinical training facilities.
  7. Admissions decisions are final; unsuccessful applicants may contact the Admissions chairperson for advice on how to strengthen their application and reapply in subsequent cycles/years. Requests for review will be assessed between April-June of each year. Email us at
  8. Admissions decisions are based on a folder review and interview score. This holistic review allows the top 54 scoring applicants to be accepted into the program following the total sum of folder review from PTCAS and interview score as a holistic process.
  9. The department admissions committee is comprised of 8 PT faculty members who are charged with selecting each incoming class based on folder review. Core faculty and associated faculty perform interviews on interview day.
  10. All applicant communications with admissions staff may be considered as part of the application review, including email correspondence and phone calls.

COVID-19 Updates for New Applicants

PTCAS Application Submission Deadline

PTCAS access will open mid June each cycle

Deadline: November 1. We will review your application in the order in which it is received and verified.


With undergraduate programs changing grading scales to Pass/Fail (P/F) or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U), we will accept P/F or S/U grading for coursework completed in 2020 and 2021.

For all prerequisites, we are requiring a Pass or Satisfactory scoring. If you scored fail or unsatisfactory, credit will not be awarded for that prerequisite course.

We are accepting Pass or Satisfactory for up to 8 credit hours of prerequisite coursework in BIO, CHEM, PHYSICS, and PHYSIOLOGY.

We are accepting Pass or Satisfactory for all remaining prerequisite coursework in MATH, STATS, DEV PSYCH, and PSYCH.

Lab Coursework Prerequisite

With undergraduate programs transitioning to online coursework, we are waiving the in-person lab coursework requirement for science prerequisites completed in 2020 and after.

Additional Application Question

PTCAS will add an additional question to the application for the upcoming cycle. The new optional question is intended to allow applicants to share with designated programs how the COVID-19 pandemic has specifically impacted their journey toward a DPT education, either personally or educationally. We ask that if you feel you have been affected educationally, personally, or professionally, that you complete this optional additional question.

PT Observation Hours

We are extending the deadline for completion of 80 hours as applicants may have difficulty obtaining or completing shadowing experiences as facilities adjust to providing care during this public health pandemic. Instead of 80 hours due at the time of submission of the application, we are extending the deadline to May, when all degrees and prerequisite work is due. If you are accepted, we will be monitoring for completion of 80 hours and your acceptance to the program is contingent upon successful completion. We encourage you however to attempt to have as many hours completed at the time of application, as possible.

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