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University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, The - Bridge PTA to DPT Program Bridge PTA to DPT Program
University of Texas Medical Branch 301 University Boulevard Department of Physical Therapy Galveston TX 77550 United States
Phone+1 409.772.3068
Public
CAPTE Accredited
Program Description

The UTMB Physical Therapist Assistant to Doctor of Physical Therapy Bridge program is a two year and 4 month hybrid based program with minimal on-campus requirements for Physical Therapist Assistants to earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. The Bridge program will prepare the student in patient management from evaluation to treatment, application of evidence based practice, leadership, education, and research. UTMB Bridge students may participate in patient simulation labs and standardized patient experiences during didactic semesters to prepare them for four clinical internships. Clinical internships are embedded in the curriculum and are 7-8 weeks in length each. Students must be prepared mentally, emotionally, physically, and financially to relocate during clinical internships.   On-campus dates are typically 3-7 days in length and are scheduled 2 - 3 times each semester. On-campus dates are held to develop hands-on skills and are mandatory. Relocation and travel are at the student's expense.

The Physical Therapy program at UTMB is the oldest Physical Therapy program in Texas and is located on the UTMB Health campus, which allows students access to outstanding faculty and resources from the Health Professions, Nursing and Medical Schools. The faculty in the Bridge program have expertise that covers the vast specialty areas of the physical therapy profession including neurological, orthopedic, pediatric, geriatric and cardiopulmonary. Along with the expertise in these areas, we have faculty with APTA Specialization Certification in Geriatrics, Pediatrics, and Orthopedics. The faculty members are committed to providing traditional and nontraditional learning experiences that are integrated around recurring themes related to the multiple roles of the physical therapist in patient care, health promotion, research, management, education, and community service.

Typically, UTMB DPT graduates have a 100% licensure exam pass rate and 100% employment rate. Many of our students have continued their education by completing clinical residencies and specialty certifications.

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

We typically conduct Interviews via Zoom

Deposits
Is a Deposit Required for Accepted Applicants?
No
Total cumulative deposit
$200
Deposit Refundable?
No
Cost
Total Cost of Education for In-State Students
$41000
Total Cost of Education for out of State Students
$81000
Incoming Class Profile
Anticipated Size of the Next Entering Class
40
Size of Most Recent Entering Class
40
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
82.5%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) U.S. applicants accepted
17.5%
Sex
% Male
42.5%
% Female 
55%
% Declining to State
2.5%
Race/Ethnicity
% Hispanic 
40%
% American Indian/Alaskan Native
0%
% Asian
7.5%
% African-American/Black (Non-Hispanic)
0%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin) 
45%
% Two or More Races 
7.5%