University of New Mexico Division of Physical Therapy
1 University of New Mexico MSC 09-5230 Albuquerque NM 87131 United States
Phone+1 505.272.5756
Phone 2 +1 505.272.5479
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Thank you for your interest in the UNM DPT Program. If you have questions about our program, please sign up for one of our advisement sessions which are listed on our web page. The University of New Mexico PT Program understands that this is a difficult time for everyone and that several parts of the application process may be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are committed to helping future applicants by making the following changes in line with PTCAS recommendations for the 2020-21 application cycle. All components of the application are due by October 1st, 2021.

  • We will accept pass, credit and satisfactory grades for prerequisite courses taken in the Spring and Summer 2021 semesters for prerequisite requirements.
  • We will still accept online and/or distance learning courses for prerequisite courses.  Please verify with PTCAS that the institution is accredited to be offering that course and that they will verify grades from that institution.
  • We will accept the new at-home GRE testing being offered by ETS.
  • We are now requiring only 20 shadowing hours.
  • We have reduced the prerequisite requirements to 30 hours.

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

In-person Interviews are required for admission and will be conducted in December/January, 2022.  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?
Due Date of First Required Deposit
Incoming Class Profile
Anticipated Size of the Next Entering Class
Size of Most Recent Entering Class
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
% of WICHE (Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education) applicants accepted
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) U.S. applicants accepted
% Male
% Female 
Additional information about the class profile
Program gives strong preference to residents of the state of New Mexico.
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