Program Profile

University of Texas at El Paso


Michelle Gutierrez, PT, DSc
Admissions Chair
Physical Therapy Program
University of Texas at El Paso
500 W. University Ave
El Paso, TX  79968


PTCAS application deadline11/01/2016
Deadline typeFirm
Program has rolling admissions process? No
Important dates

A "Campus Visit" will be held in the fall semester. This will be held on September, 10, 2016.  However, check the program's website for confirmation as the date is subject to change.

We plan to participate in the Spring Virtual Open House.


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?No
Supplemental fee amount$0.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?No
Deadline for supplemental materials 


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? If you are not reapplying, write "Not Applicable"
3.   If you have not completed all course prerequisites or a bachelor's degree prior to submitting your application, you MUST indicate your plan for completion of these requirements by the end of the Spring semester 2017? List the missing prerequisite courses and where and when you will complete the coursework and/or where and when you will receive your bachelor's degree. If you have all requirements completed, write "Not Applicable" in the text box.
4.   If admitted to our program, describe how you will contribute to the mission of The University of Texas at El Paso Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.


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 informationCourse examples and Texas common course numbers for pre-requisites are found at the Link below.
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 departmentYes
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Course subjectCourse level4-YearLab HoursAcceptable coursesCourse description
Biology IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4
QH: 6
Biology: General
Biology: General I
Biology IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4
QH: 6
A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
A&P: SEPARATE courses
Biology: Cell
Biology: General II
Biology: Genetics
Biology: Histology
Biology: Immunology
Biology: Microbiology
Biology: Molecular
Biology: Zoology
Chemistry IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4
QH: 6
Chemistry I
Chemistry IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4
QH: 6
Chemistry: Any
Communication / Speech / Public SpeakingGeneral or CollegeNoN/ASH: 3
QH: 4.5
Comm: Public Speaking
Physics IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4
QH: 6
Physics I
Physics IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4
QH: 6
Physics II
PhysiologyGeneral or CollegeVariesReq.SH: 4 or 8
QH: 6 or 12
A&P: Advanced
A&P: Animal
A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
A&P: Comparative
A&P: Human
A&P: Mammalian
A&P: Neurophysiology
A&P: Pathophysiology
A&P: Physiology
A&P: Vertebrate
The physiology course must be a science based course typically offered by the Science Department. Four credits with a lab of Upper division (Junior or Senior level) physiology is preferred for this requirement. If lower division (Freshman or Sophomore level) physiology courses are taken, then 8 credit hours (with labs) are required. Some examples of course titles are Medical Physiology, Human Physiology, Vertebrate Physiology, or Mammalian Physiology. We do NOT accept Exercise Physiology for this requirement. Check with your university to find out what they offer.  
PsychologyGeneral or CollegeNoN/ASH: 3
QH: 4.5
Psychology: Abnormal
Psychology: Developmental
PsychologyGeneral or CollegeNoN/ASH: 3
QH: 4.5
Psychology: General
StatisticsGeneral or CollegeNoRecommendedSH: 3
QH: 4.5
Biology: Biostatistics
Business: Statistics
Mathematics: Statistics
Psychology: Statistics
Statistics should include ANOVA, preferably psychology or education based course.  


Is GRE required?Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code8837
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle10/1/2016
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle10/1/2006
GRE ScoresMINIMUM GRE score consideredAVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score  149  
Verbal reasoning % score  44%  
Quantitative reasoning scaled score  150  
Quantitative reasoning % score  43%  
Analytical writing scaled score  3.5  
Analytical writing % score  38%  
Additional information about program's GRE requirementsThe University of Texas at El Paso has no minimum GRE score required. In addition the University will accept GRE Scores that are 10 years old or newer. However ETS will only send scores that are 5 years old or newer. Arrange for ETS to send official scores to UTEP's PTCAS GRE code #8837.


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 
Additional information about program's reference requirementsThree recommendations are required, and at least one must be from a physical therapist. The UTEP DPT Program recommends that the physical therapist who provides this required reference is the physical therapist under whom the applicant completed his/her observation hours and knows the applicant well enough to effectively comment on the applicant's qualities. Letters of recommendations are only accepted through PTCAS.


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 REQUIRED50
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours11/1/2016
PAID experienceAccepted/Considered
VOLUNTEER experienceAccepted/Considered
INPATIENT experienceAccepted/Considered
OUTPATIENT experienceAccepted/Considered
Additional information about program's PT hours requirement50 hours must be verified by November 1, 2016. (preferably electronically)

There are no extra points added to an applicant’s packet for observation hours beyond the required 50 hours nor for the number of settings in which an applicant observed physical therapy practice. However, more hours and multiple settings may be more helpful in an applicant's preparation for the program.


GPAMinimum GPAAverage GPA for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative 3.00 3.55 
Program-specific Prerequisite 3.00 3.56 
Last 60 Credit Hours Completed 3.00 3.60 
Additional information about program's GPA requirementsThe overall GPA is calculated with ALL course grades posted on official transcripts including those that a university may not calculate in an applicant's GPA. For example, many universities may drop a failing course grade when the course is repeated with a passing grade. Our program will include BOTH grades in the calculation of the overall GPA. However, the highest grade will be used when calculating the prerequisite course GPA.

We review applications before Fall grades are received. Therefore, any grades received in the Fall semester during which you apply to the UTEP DPT Program or the following Spring semester will not be calculated in your packet. However you must submit your academic update when through PTCAS as directed.


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 original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign courseworkForeign transcripts must be credentialed by an approved US foreign credentialing service.


Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants$ 200.00
Additional Information about DepositIf the UTEP DPT Program offers admission to an applicant, the applicant will be required to pay a non-refundable $200 deposit when the offer is accepted. The applicant must pay this non-refundable deposit in order to hold a spot in the incoming cohort. The $200 will be applied toward the applicant's first-semester (summer) tuition in the UTEP DPT Program. If the applicant withdraws from the UTEP DPT Program after paying the deposit, the $200 will be forfeited to the UTEP DPT Program.
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?No
PT program start date for entering class5/30/2017
Size of most recent entering class36
Anticipated size of next entering class36
Percent of IN-STATE applicants accepted97%
Percent of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted3%
Additional information about the class profile“The University of Texas at El Paso commits itself to providing quality higher education to a diverse student population. Classified as a Doctoral/Research-Intensive university, UTEP seeks to extend the greatest possible educational access to a region which has been geographically isolated with limited economic and educational opportunities for many of its people.” To that end, we endeavor to offer admission to the most qualified applicants from the El Paso region. However, we value diversity and encourage applicants from outside of the region who have a commitment to our university and program mission to apply to our program.
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The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Doctor of Physical Therapy Program will graduate highly qualified doctors of physical therapy prepared to provide culturally proficient and linguistically competent care in our border region and beyond. We endeavor to develop leaders who are committed to patient-centered care, evidence-based practice, our community’s health, life-long learning, and the advancement of the physical therapy profession.

The College of Health Sciences and the university overall is experiencing rapid advancement. The Health Sciences and Nursing building on Wiggins across from the library is a beautiful, state of the art building. While some classes for the DPT students will be taught at this building, the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is housed at Campbell Hall at 1101 N Campbell along with the rest of the Rehabilitation Sciences Department.

The UTEP Doctor of Physical Therapy Program philosophy is centered around four themes:

First, we believe that a strong and reciprocal student-faculty relationship is the foundation of a successful learning environment. Both students and faculty have the responsibility and power to contribute to teaching and active learning.

Second, we believe that the development of self-regulated learners is at the foundation of producing graduates dedicated to lifelong learning. We recognize that our most important charge is not to merely deliver information but to teach our students how to learn. We focus on critical thinking, evidence acquisition and critique, and self-reflection across the curriculum.

Third, we believe that the program has a duty to be engaged in the community, and that community engagement is a powerful teaching strategy.

Finally, we believe that we must be agents of change and must mold our students into agents of change for the good of our community and our profession.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree requires 9 consecutive semesters, full-time, in a lock-step program. Students enter in May and graduate in May, 3 years later. The program is both challenging and rewarding. Following graduation, students are eligible to take the national licensure exam. Successful outcome on the licensure examination qualifies the graduate to work in any of the 50 states. We are fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), recognized by United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

We welcome you to consider joining our wonderful profession and to receive your education in our unique region.
Last Updated: 06/27/2016