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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


UNC-Chapel HIll Division of Physical Therapy
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
3000 Bondurant Hall
CB# 7135
Chapel Hill, NC  27599


PTCAS application deadline10/15/2013
Deadline typeFirm
Program has rolling admissions process? No
Important datesIn 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 (10/15/2013).

The Supplemental Fee must be paid to UNC by the application deadline (10/15/2013). Review the Supplemental Requirements section for more information.

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


Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?No


If supplemental materials are required, send directly to the PT program.

Supplemental FEE required?Yes
Supplemental fee amount$85.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?No
Deadline for supplemental materials10/15/2013
Link to supplemental forms or instructions


Custom (program-specific) questions on the PTCAS application
1.   Have you previously applied to this PT education program?
2.   If you are reapplying to this program, how have you strengthened your application?
3.   What personal characteristics or qualities have you observed in those physical therapists who seem to have successful patient outcomes? Give concrete examples that might demonstrate whether you possess these qualities and skills.
4.   Describe a personal conflict or difficult situation that you wish you had handled differently. How did your actions affect others? Describe how you would handle the situation now.
5.   Have you had experience interacting with people who are different from you or who adhere to a different set of values, beliefs, or cultural norms? How has this experience or lack of experience affected you?
6.   Describe an occasion from one of your PT work/volunteer/shadowing experiences which you felt was particularly eye-opening. What did you learn from that experience? How has it helped shape your interest in or knowledge of Physical Therapy?
7.   The Division of Physical Therapy offers the opportunity to combine the entry level Doctor of Physical Therapy degree with a variety of additional degrees and programs. Please indicate, from the choices below, any and/or all opportunities that interest you. Answering this question will not influence admissions decisions, but is meant to gauge interest in our programs. Please visit: for additional information. Do you see yourself pursuing any of the following? 1. DPT/MSPH (Masters of Science in Public Health/Maternal and Child Health) 2. DPT/PhD (Human Movement Science) 3. DPT with Multiple Sclerosis Fellowship 4. DPT with Certificate on Aging 5. None of the above


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.)

2. Must be mathematically possible to obtain or maintain a cumulative prerequisite GPA of 3.2 if you have courses in progress.
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 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; Algebra-based is preferred.  
Physics IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4.0Physics II
Class and lab must be a minimum of 4 combined credit hours; Algebra-based is preferred.  
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 cycle10/13/2013
GRE ScoresMINIMUM GRE score consideredAVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning % score20%  67%  
Quantitative reasoning % score20%  62%  
Analytical writing scaled score  4.0  
Analytical writing % score20%  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.


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 not required but are highly recommended
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED50-100
PAID experienceAccepted/Considered
VOLUNTEER experienceAccepted/Considered
INPATIENT experienceAccepted/Considered
OUTPATIENT experienceAccepted/Considered
Additional information about program's PT hours requirementAll PT hours must be verified.

Exposure in a variety of settings is recommended. 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 (10/15/2013) may not be reviewed.


GPAMinimum GPAAverage GPA for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative 3.00 3.63 
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 for the overall GPA.

UNC uses only the highest course grade earned in calculating the program specific prerequisite GPA.


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 foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS
Program policy for CANADIAN courseworkSend foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign courseworkPrerequisite courses must be completed at an accredited school in the United States and/or Canada. This includes community colleges. Please see the UNC website for a list of course descriptions we have found to be acceptable.


Is a Deposit Required for Accepted Applicants?No
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?No
PT program start date for entering class8/19/2014
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degreeDPT/MSPH,DPT/PhD
Size of most recent entering class30
Anticipated size of next entering class30
Percent of IN-STATE applicants accepted70%
Percent of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted30%
Additional information about the class profileProgram gives preference to applicants who are residents of the state of North Carolina.


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 into 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 college teaching. 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: 07/30/2013