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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  • University of New Mexico, shared an update
    Posted6 days AGO
    Updates to the interview process as of 9/9/2020: Due to issues surrounding having large groups of candidates on campus, we have elected to have virtual interviews. We will be holding different parts of the interview process throughout the month of December. There will be an asynchronous portion where candidates will record responses to interview questions and then a follow up synchronous meeting with the interview committee. Please see the general dates listed below. More specific detail will be posted as the date nears. • Asynchronous recording of interview questions will occur the Week of November 30th. • Synchronous follow up interviews will occur Saturday December 12th. • Zoom Synchronous small group meeting with current students mid-January. • Admitted student day mid-January to early February where those offered admissions can come visit campus for a day.
    Updates to the interview process as of 9/9/2020: Due to issues surrounding having large groups of candidates on campus, we have elected to have virtual interviews. We will be holding different parts of the interview process throughout the month of December. There will be an asynchronous portion where candidates will record responses to interview questions and then a follow up synchronous meeting with the interview committee. Please see the general dates listed below. More specific detail will be posted as the date nears. • Asynchronous recording of interview questions will occur the Week of November 30th. • Synchronous follow up interviews will occur Saturday December 12th. • Zoom Synchronous small group meeting with current students mid-January. • Admitted student day mid-January to early February where those offered admissions can come visit campus for a day.
  • University of New Mexico, shared an update
    PostedFriday, August 14, 2020 at 3:14 PM
    Updates to the application process as of 8/10/2020 We understand that applicants may have difficulty obtaining or completing the 45 required shadowing hours before the applications are due on October 1st, 2020. Applicants that have shown progress toward completing their shadowing hours and have completed at least 60% or 27 hours of the required 45 shadowing hours by the December academic update will be considered. We will NOT have an in-person interview day in January. We have elected instead to hold a virtual interview day in January. More specific information will be posted on this page as the time nears.
    Updates to the application process as of 8/10/2020 We understand that applicants may have difficulty obtaining or completing the 45 required shadowing hours before the applications are due on October 1st, 2020. Applicants that have shown progress toward completing their shadowing hours and have completed at least 60% or 27 hours of the required 45 shadowing hours by the December academic update will be considered. We will NOT have an in-person interview day in January. We have elected instead to hold a virtual interview day in January. More specific information will be posted on this page as the time nears.
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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). 

General
Program offers a guaranteed freshman admission pathway?
No
Dual Degrees
Will the professional (entry-level) PT program offer a satellite or branch campus to applicants during the upcoming admissions cycle?
No
Admission Interviews
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
Additional information about interviews
In-person Interviews are required for admission and will be conducted on JANUARY 23rd, 2020.
Deposits
Is a Deposit Required for Accepted Applicants?
Yes
Total cumulative deposit
$1000
Additional Information about Deposit
Deposit will be reimbursed to student UNM Bursar accounts after a year is completed in the UNM DPT Program.
Deposit Refundable?
No
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/20/2021
Incoming Class Profile
Anticipated Size of the Next Entering Class
32
Size of Most Recent Entering Class
32
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
75%
% of WICHE (Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education) applicants accepted
3%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) U.S. applicants accepted
22%
Sex
% Male
44%
% Female 
56%
Additional information about the class profile
Program gives strong preference to residents of the state of New Mexico.
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