Program Profile

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


UNC-Chapel Hill Division of Physical Therapy
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
321 S. Columbia Street
CB# 7120
Chapel Hill, NC  27599


PTCAS application deadline10/02/2017
Deadline typeFirm
Program has rolling admissions process? No
Important dates

In order that processing of your application not be delayed, all supporting documents (letters of recommendation, transcripts, and verified observation hours) must have arrived at PTCAS by the application deadline (10/02/2017).  This deadline is firm.

All documents including transcripts, recommendation letters, and observation hours will only be accepted through PTCAS. No documents should be mailed, emailed or faxed to the Division of Physical Therapy at UNC Chapel Hill. 

The Supplemental Application and Fee of $85 must be received by UNC by 10/9/2017. Review the Supplemental Requirements section for more information.

Note:  The supplemental application and fee are separate requirements than the fees paid through PTCAS.    

It is HIGHLY recommended that applicants submit materials early. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated.


Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?No


If a document upload is required, submit through the "Program Materials" section of the application. Document uploads must be submitted by the program's application deadline.

Supplemental FEE required?Yes
Supplemental fee amount$85.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?Yes - for selected applicants only
Description of supplemental requirementsThe supplemental application requires students to complete questions related to community standards, residency (if an applicant wishes to claim NC Residency for Tuition Purposes), and military service as mandated by NC state law. The supplemental application will guide applicants on supporting documentation required.
Deadline for supplemental materials10/9/2017
Link to supplemental forms or instructions


Custom (program-specific) questions on the PTCAS application
To view the school-specific (custom) questions, select the program on the "Program Selection" screen of the application, go to the "Program Materials" section, and select "Questions". Not all programs have school-specific questions.


After you select the program and enter your coursework on the application, you may be required to match your courses to the program's course prerequisites in the "Prerequisites" tab of the "Program Materials" section.
General information1. All courses must be completed by the end of the Fall semester of the year in which you apply. At least seven (7) prerequisite courses must be completed before the Fall semester begins (e.g., only two (2)or fewer may be in progress during that Fall semester.) There are no exceptions to this rule.

2. Must be mathematically possible to obtain or maintain a cumulative prerequisite GPA of 3.2 if you have courses in progress.

3. Higher level courses in a topic will not be accepted as substitutes for any prerequisite courses. E.g.: Abnormal Psychology will not be substituted for General Psychology.

Note: For students applying during the summer of 2019 for admission to Fall 2020, additional prerequisite courses will be required.

Two additional courses are required
1. General Chemistry II with Lab (or equivalent second level course) (minimum combined 4.0 credit hours with course and lab).

2. Second course in human biology (not botany) such as one of the following:
microbiology (MCRO 251)
genetics (BIOL 202)
cell biology (BIOL 205)
immunology (MICRO 449)
general biology II (with lab) if concentration of material is on human biology
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?Yes
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology departmentNo
Link to program's prerequisite instructions admissions
Course subjectCourse level4-YearLab HoursAcceptable coursesCourse description
AnatomyGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4.0A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
A&P: Human
A&P: SEPARATE courses
A combination of Human Anatomy and Physiology course(s) with a minimum of 4 credit hours and lab will be accepted. If applicant takes a 2-part course, both parts must be taken.  
Biology / Biological ScienceIntroNoReq.SH: 4.0Biology: Cell
Biology: General
Class and lab must be a minimum of 4 combined credit hours  
ChemistryIntroNoReq.SH: 4.0Chemistry: Inorganic
Class and lab must be a minimum of 4 combined credit hours; Organic Chemistry will not be accepted.  
Exercise PhysiologyGeneral or CollegeNoRecommendedSH: 3.0Exercise Physiology
Exercise Science: Exercise Physiology
Exercise Physiology (or Physiology of Exercise) is the only course that will be accepted for this prerequisite.  
Physics IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4.0Physics I
Class and lab must be a minimum of 4 combined credit hours.  
Physics IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4.0Physics II
Class and lab must be a minimum of 4 combined credit hours.  
PhysiologyGeneral or CollegeNoRecommendedSH: 3.0A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
A&P: Human
A&P: SEPARATE courses
A combination Anatomy and Physiology course with a minimum of 4 credit hours and lab will be accepted. If applicant takes a 2-part course, both parts must be taken.  
PsychologyIntroNoNot Req.SH: 3.0Psychology: General
Higher level Psychology courses will not be accepted.
StatisticsIntroNoN/ASH: 3.0Biology: Biostatistics
Business: Statistics
Exercise Science: Statistics/ Research
Mathematics: Statistics
Psychology: Statistics
Departmental research courses covering statistics fundamentals will be accepted (eg Research in Exercise and Sport Science or Statistical Principles of Psychological Research  


Is GRE required?Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code7733
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle9/29/2017
GRE ScoresMINIMUM GRE score consideredAVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning % score40%  66%  
Quantitative reasoning % score40%  58%  
Analytical writing scaled score  4.0  
Analytical writing % score40%  56%  
Additional information about program's GRE requirementsApplicants MUST submit GRE scores through the PTCAS GRE code of 7733. Codes submitted to the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill GRE school code will NOT be accepted. The UNC Division of Physical Therapy will consider all qualified applicants. Applicants must earn a minimum score of 40% on each section of the GRE. The noted scores must be obtained within a single testing session.


Number of references required by program3
Evaluator typeApplicant must send one reference from this SPECIFIC type of evaluatorApplicant must send reference from ONE OR MORE evaluators in category to fulfill program's requirementsEvaluator type ACCEPTEDEvaluator type NOT accepted
Physical Therapist-1X   
Physical Therapist-2   X 
Professor in Major   X 
Professor   X 
Academic   X 
Supervisor/Employer   X 
Teaching Assistant   X 
PTA   X 
Pre-PT Advisor   X 
Politician   X 
Health Care Professional   X 
Friend   X
Family Member   X
Co-worker   X 
Clergy   X 
Other   X 


Program's PT hours requirementPT hours are required - a licensed PT must verify hours w/ signed form uploaded or online via PTCAS
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED100
PAID experienceAccepted/Considered
VOLUNTEER experienceAccepted/Considered
INPATIENT experienceAccepted/Considered
OUTPATIENT experienceAccepted/Considered
Additional information about program's PT hours requirement100 hours volunteer/ Job-shadowing experiences specifically involving Physical Therapy required with a minimum of 16 hours in any given setting and a minimum of at least 3 different settings. Please review the definition of "settings" found in PTCAS application instructions. Exposure to/in a wide variety of settings is HIGHLY recommended. Beyond the required minimums, your ability to reflect on and interpret what you've observed with each exposure is more important than the total number of hours.

Observation hours submitted beyond the application deadline (10/02/2017) will not be reviewed.


GPAMinimum GPAAverage GPA for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative 3.00 3.54 
Program-specific Prerequisite 3.20 3.65 
Additional information about program's GPA requirementsUNC will use the last four semesters taken as a full-time student (undergraduate and/or graduate) for the overall GPA calculation.

UNC uses only the highest course grade earned in calculating the program specific prerequisite GPA. If a prerequisite course is repeated, we will use the higher of the two grades.

We look at all courses taken at accredited institutions equally - including community colleges and courses taken online. Please see the UNC website for a list of course descriptions we have found to be acceptable.


Citizenship types eligible for admissionU.S. citizens
U.S. permanent residents
Canadian citizens
Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens
Other non-citizens (e.g., refugees)
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) courseworkSend WES foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS
Program policy for CANADIAN courseworkSend WES foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign courseworkPrerequisite courses must be completed at an accredited college or university in the US and/or Canada. We look at all courses taken at accredited institutions equally - including community colleges and courses taken online. Please see the UNC website for a list of course descriptions we have found to be acceptable.


Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants$ 500.00
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?No
PT program start date for entering class8/17/2018
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degreeDPT/MSPH,DPT/PhD
Size of most recent entering class30
Anticipated size of next entering class32
Percent of IN-STATE applicants accepted73%
Percent of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted27%
Additional information about the class profile1) Program gives preference to applicants who are residents of the state of North Carolina.

2) We are not able to provide individual program tours or site visits. We do have information sessions which occur during the summer, beginning in late May and ending early August. Please visit the DPT admissions page in late April to see more information about attending these events.


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Division of Physical Therapy, has a rich history of education, research, clinical services, and the integration of all three. Our graduates and faculty have made significant contributions locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. We, the faculty, students, and staff of the Division are committed to this outstanding tradition and to carrying it through the 21st century.

We are administratively located within the Department of Allied Health Sciences within the School of Medicine. Our classrooms, offices, and laboratories are located in Bondurant Hall in the heart of the UNC Health Affairs campus and adjacent to the superb Health Sciences Library.

The UNC-Chapel Hill Division of Physical Therapy is dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge in Physical Therapy within the context of Physical Therapy professional education, direct clinical services to the public and interdisciplinary research. Our interdependent model of research, education, and clinical services prepares leaders who will improve the quality of life of individuals and their communities.

The Division of Physical Therapy values an organizational culture that balances team commitment and personal/professional autonomy. Faculty/student collegiality, respect for diverse contributions, interdisciplinary collaboration, open communication, entrepreneurial spirit, and excellence are all important to fostering this culture.

Physical Therapy started in Chapel Hill in April 1952, when the North Carolina Memorial Hospital opened. Dr. Margaret Moore developed the first physical therapy clinical program at the hospital, where she was chief of the department until 1954. It was in July 1957 that the physical therapy education program got underway, with Dr. Moore as the director of the Division of Physical Therapy—a viable combination of education and service commitments in the hospital and School of Medicine. Dr. Moore was director of the program until 1974. Shirley Cloninger Fisher was the first graduate in Physical Therapy at Chapel Hill in1959. The initial degree was a Bachelor’s in Physical Therapy and now is the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT).

UNC-Chapel Hill was one of the first institutions to offer post-professional training to physical therapists. Our Master’s program in Physical Therapy, established in 1975, offered a Master’s of Clinical Teaching (MACT) degree that focused on teaching at the collegiate level. As we developed a greater focus on research, we shifted to a MS program in PT and, in the early 1990s, the degree changed again from an MS in PT to an MS in Human Movement Science. This change and the need for more well trained PT researchers was the basis of our efforts to establish the PhD program in Human Movement Science in 1999. Our first DPT class matriculated in 2007, graduating in 2010. We now have several hundred PT graduates from our master’s and doctorate programs across the USA, Canada, Asia, India, and Europe. We are very fortunate that many maintain close ties with Carolina.
Last Updated: 03/13/2017