The University of New Mexico Division of Physical Therapy
1 University of New Mexico MSC 09-5230 Albuquerque NM 87131 United States
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Program Description

The Physical Therapy Program is located within the University of New Mexico, School of Medicine in the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico (metro area population 907,679). With an elevation 5,000 feet above sea level, Albuquerque lies in the High Desert of central New Mexico at the crossroads of Interstate 40 (Route 66) and Interstate 25. Albuquerque, the largest city in New Mexico, straddles the Rio Grande River and is bordered by the Sandia Mountains on the East and a string of five inactive volcanoes that make up Volcano City Park and Petroglyph National Monument, on the West. The city represents a synergy of Native American, Hispanic and Anglo peoples, where traditional and modern cultures coexist. Albuquerque is widely regarded as one of the the most culturally diverse cities in the Country. 

The Division of Physical Therapy, as part of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, has a mission of education, service, and research as it applies to the Physical Therapy Profession. The Division of Physical Therapy is committed to offering an educational environment that provides the academic and clinical opportunities primarily for New Mexico residents, to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for the ethical and professionally competent practice of physical therapy. In addition to clinical practice, the educational experience inherently fosters competence in teaching, research, supervision, consultation, promotion of health, and prevention of dysfunction to help meet the needs of our communities.  Our vision is to prepare physical therapists as movement specialists and leaders to fulfill essential roles within interprofessional collaborative teams serving the diverse communities of New Mexico. Our mission is to develop highly skilled and compassionate doctors of physical therapy who optimize the human experience of New Mexico communities by enhancing movement and function through evidence-based practice.

The entry level professional clinical doctorate curriculum (DPT) is 34 months in length. Classes begin in August and end in May. Didactic content is presented in a uniquely integrated format. Before the degree can be conferred all students must successfully complete 33-weeks of full-time clinical education. Hospital and health care facilities throughout New Mexico, including rural health sites, and a number of facilities outside the state are utilized in the final clinical education experiences. Some of the unique opportunities available in our program include: small cohort size, a 2 week study abroad program in various locations around the world, a faculty directed student pro-bono Physical Therapy lab- "REACH" - and cadaver anatomy classes given in a state of the art laboratory (4-5 student ratio per donor). 

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

Asynchronous and in person Interviews are required for admission.  Asynchronous interview will be recorded in November/December 2022 and in person interviews will be conducted January 7th, 2023  See program website for specifics.

Is a Deposit Required for Accepted Applicants?
Total cumulative deposit
Additional Information about Deposit
Deposit will be reimbursed to student UNM Bursar accounts after a year is completed in the UNM DPT Program.  If a student leaves the program they forfeit their deposit.
Deposit Refundable?
Deposits collected on a rolling basis after offer of admission made?
Additional information about rolling deposits
Initial offers will be made no later than March 1st.  Subsequent offers will continue on a rolling basis until the class is full.  Deposits are due two weeks after acceptance of offer.
Incoming Class Profile
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Additional information about the class profile
Program gives strong preference to residents of the state of New Mexico.

Although the majority of our students are residents of New Mexico, residents of other states are invited to apply.  Non-residents after their first year can petition for NM residency for tuition purposes.  For information on how to petition for residency please visit the UNM Residency Information website.
Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) Status
Program housed at a Minority-Serving Institution Yes
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