The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Information about Physical Therapist program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio




The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (D5, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 04/06/2005
Address:   Department of Physical Therapy
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Mail Code 6247
7703 Floyd Curl Drive
San Antonio, TX 78229-3900
Phone:   (210)567-8750
Fax:   (210)567-8774
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (210)567-8750
Financial Aid Phone:   (210)567-2635
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Giovanni De Domenico, PhD
  Accreditor:   Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges
  Carnegie Classification:   Special Focus Institutions--Medical schools and medical centers
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor's degree, February 1980 (no longer offered) Master 's degree, November 1995
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2009
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Master of Physical Therapy
Email for Job posting: Chris Rabago,
The Master of Physical Therapy program is a full-time program of seven semesters, including the summer of the second year. The program includes three required 8-week full-time clinical experiences that enable students to gain hands-on experience in the care of patients in neurological, orthopedic, and acute rehabilitation settings. In addition, a 4-week clinical elective in specialty areas may be taken to broaden the student's learning experience. Approximately 30% of clinical experiences are at health care facilities in the San Antonio area. Students need to make their own travel and housing arrangements while participating in these experiences. Costs of travel, temporary housing, maintenance of local accommodations, etc., will vary according to individual arrangements, so students are encouraged to budget for major expenses associated with clinical experiences.
There are 7 full-time and one part-time faculty members. In addition, a number of adjunct faculty members assist with the program. Five of the full-time faculty hold doctoral degrees, four are certified as clinical specialists, and five are engaged in some type clinical practice. Over the past 3 years, the faculty has averaged three publications in peer-reviewed journals per year. The faculty-to-student ratio is 1:16.
Approximately 2400 students are enrolled in health professions education programs at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). The Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) program has the capacity for 40 students per class. Forty students were enrolled in 1998, 34 in 1999, 23 in 2000, 34 in 2001, 31 in 2002, 39 in 2003, 37 in 2004, and 40 in 2005.
Students are encouraged to apply early as the program has a “first-come, first-served” policy of admissions. Applications are September 1 through December 1 of each year. An application and all supporting documentation must be received on or before December 1st to process your application. Applications received after this date will not be processed. Students are welcomed in the following categories: Category #1. Applicants without an earned baccalaureate or graduate degree. Complete all undergraduate core requirements: 6 hours of English Composition, 3 hours of math (college-level algebra or higher*), 9 hours of Natural Sciences, 3 hours of visual and performing arts (such as: art, dance, music, theater), 3 hours in humanities, (such as: literature, philosophy, modern or classical language/literature, and cultural studies), 6 hours in U.S. history 3 hours of statistics*, 6 hours in political sciences (U.S. and Texas constitutions) 3 hours in social/behavioral sciences.* And complete program prerequisite requirements include: 3 each of speech, technical writing, and sociology, 8 hours of Human or vertebrate Anatomy and physiology with labs, 8 hours of general biology with lab, 8 hours of general chemistry with labs, 8 hours of general physics with labs, 6 hours of psychology, and 13 hours of electives (such as Genetics, Psychology of Aging, Economics, Education, Philosophy, Anthropology, Foreign Language, Religion, Art Appreciation, Music Appreciation) *There are 15 hours of undergraduate core curriculum requirements that are satisfied by the MPT prerequisite Category #2. Applicants with an earned baccalaureate degree are not required to complete Texas Core requirements. Additional requirements and documentation: Offers of admission to the MPT program are based on competitive numbers of applicants in the following categories: grade point average (3.0 minimum) in the math & science and overall, and a minimum of two letters of reference (one of which must be from a physical therapist). Applicants must have experience in the physical therapy profession through a minimum of 100 hours of observation volunteer work, or as paid employees. (Documentation of volunteer hours form now required). A personal statement on why you want to become a PT (one page single spaced), a personal resume, and all college transcripts are required. Application materials may be obtained at by following the links on the "Student Admissions" button and then click Allied Health. Applications may be submitted via the Internet by following instructions on the web page. The application fee is $20. Applications are reviewed as they are received, and selected individuals are invited by letter to interview with the faculty to be considered for admission. Graduation is in May. Approximately 20% of qualified applicants were admitted to the program in 2005.
Approximately 92% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average); traditionally 95% of graduates pass the licensure exam on their first attempt; and 100% of program graduates responding to surveys are employed (3 year average).
In-State tuition and general use fees for the 2005-2006 academic year are $139 per credit hour The cost of tuition fees, supplies, books and additional program fees over three years is approximately $20,895.00. More than 90% of students who apply for financial aid receive assistance. If an individual demonstrates need, the Office of Financial Aid will provide assistance in locating sources for funding. Out-of-state tuition for 2005-2006 academic year is $387.50 per semester credit hour.
No on-campus housing is available; however, affordable housing is located near UTHSCSA campus. Student organizations in the Department of Physical Therapy are among the most active student groups at UTHSCSA. Typically, they sponsor several major activities of community and professional involvement throughout each academic year.