University of Nevada, Las Vegas Department of Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy Department 4505 S. Maryland Pkwy, Box 453029 Las Vegas NV 89154-3029 United States
+1 702.895.3072 +1 702.895.3003 +1 702.895.4883
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Program Description

The course of study offered at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas is an entry-level professional program designed to prepare students to enter the profession of physical therapy. A Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree is awarded following the successful completion of the program that consists of intense didactic and clinical education spread over six semesters and three summers. 

The program of study consists of 112 credit hours of graduate course work. These hours are divided among classroom, labs, clinical, and research or service learning activities.

One cohort of 48 students start the program each year during early June.   

Students are well prepared as generalists and gain valuable hands-on experience in a variety of PT settings across four (4) full-time clinical experiences.  The DPT program leverages it's unique location in Las Vegas, NV, a diverse metropolitan city situated in the expansive American West, to afford ALL of it's students a full-time clinical education experience in either a rural or urban underserved community.  Service to rural and underserved patients and communities is key element that guides the mission of the UNLV physical therapy department.  To learn more about the mission and vision of the DPT program and Department of Physical Therapy please visit:

Applicants are strongly encouraged to explore the following resources before applying: 

Frequently Asked Questions resource and detailed admissions requirements:

Program cost, curriculum, and scholarship information are found on the "program data page" located at: AND the "current students" page located at:

UNLVPT Newsletters provide a glimpse into typical student and faculty life at UNLVPT.  UNLVPT Newsletter Link

Program offers a guaranteed freshman admission pathway?
Dual Degrees
Will the professional (entry-level) PT program offer a satellite or branch campus to applicants during the upcoming admissions cycle?
Admission Interviews
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Additional information about interviews

ALL applicants are required to submit a virtual KIRA interview (see details in the supplemental application section). In addition, select applicants will be invited to a mandatory on-campus interview. Interviews for the 2022-23 admissions cycle are tentatively planned during early November 2022. Invitations for on-campus interviews will be sent via PTCAS/email. Applicants will be notified by no later than October 28th if they have been granted an on-campus interview.

Is a Deposit Required for Accepted Applicants?
Total cumulative deposit
Additional Information about Deposit
Deposits must be submitted in the form of a cashier's check or money order; personal checks and/or credit cards are NOT accepted. For students who matriculate, seat deposits will be returned via credit to their UNLV student account once summer classes begin.  If at that time, the student has a remaining amount due on their account, the seat deposit is applied to that balance.  If no balance is due, then a refund check is issued.     
Deposit Refundable?
Deposits collected on a rolling basis after offer of admission made?
Due Date of First Required Deposit
Total Cost of Education for In-State Students
Total Cost of Education for out of State Students
Incoming Class Profile
Anticipated Size of the Next Entering Class
Size of Most Recent Entering Class
% of students from IN-STATE
% of students from OUT-OF-STATE
% Male
% Female 
% Hispanic 
% Asian
% African-American/Black (Non-Hispanic)
% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin) 
% Two or More Races 
Additional information about the class profile
Nevada residents are given preference, however Nevada residency does not guarantee acceptance nor does the program reserve a specific number of seats for Nevada residents.   

UNLV sits in the top spot in U.S. News & World Report annual listing of the nations most diverse universities.

UNLV has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Title III & Title V Minority Serving Institution (MSI). UNLV is also designated as an Asian-American and Native-American, Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) as well as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).

UNLV joins the ranks of just 130 institutions nationwide classified by Carnegie as very high research activity, or R1 status, the gold standard for university research metrics.
Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) Status
Program housed at a Minority-Serving Institution Yes
Minority-Serving Institution
Asian America and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI)
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