The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Information about Physical Therapist program at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston




The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (A4, D5, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 07/27/2004
Address:   Department of Physical Therapy
School of Allied Health Sciences
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX 77555-1144
Phone:   (409)772-3068
Fax:   (409)747-1613
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (409)772-3068
Financial Aid Phone:   (409)772-4955
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Carolyn J Utsey, PT, PhD
Interim Chair, Department of Physical Therapy
  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 1944 (no longer offered) Master's degree, October 1992
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2015
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Master of Physical Therapy
Students begin the program at the end of August and attend school throughout the year with the exception 1- to 2-week periods during the holidays and summers. Under the current 4+2.5 curricular model, students complete the curriculum in December of their third professional year. A 4+3.5 alternate track is available for students wishing to complete the curriculum on a slower pace. All students also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of interdisciplinary learning experiences through the School’s IDEAL curriculum (Inter-Disciplinary Education / Advanced Learning).
Students spend a total of 30 weeks in full-time clinical work during the 28-month program; 16 weeks (3 different experiences) are interspersed throughout the first 2 years of the program and 14 weeks (2 additional experiences) occur at the end of the curriculum. Clinical sites are located throughout Texas and surrounding states. Campus clinical resources include seven hospitals and over 200 clinics, research laboratories, wellness and community centers.
There are eight full-time and four part-time faculty members with numerous adjunct clinical faculty. The faculty to student ratio is approximately 1:9. Nine of the twelve faculty hold post-professional doctoral degrees, and all engage in scholarly activity. The faculty average 27 years of clinical and 19 years of teaching experience and are extensively involved in professional service
Approximately 2,000 students are enrolled at UTMB, which includes four schools (Medicine, Nursing, Allied Health Sciences, and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences) and two institutes (Marine Biomedical Institute, Institute for the Medical Humanities). The physical therapy program in Galveston admits 44 students each year from a qualified applicant pool; 10% of those admitted may be out-of-state residents.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis but the preferred date for submission is November 1st. Applicants must complete 120 prerequisite credit hours that include 6 hours of English (includes composition); 8 hours in each: biological sciences, chemistry, and physics; 4 hours of physiology; 6 hours in psychology; and 3 hours in each: speech, statistics, sociology, and mathematics. Additional requirements include a minimum overall and science grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, documentation of a minimum of 40 clock hours of paid or volunteer work in physical therapy, completion of the Health Occupations Aptitude Test or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and 3 confidential recommendations (at least one from a physical therapist).
An average of 95% of admitted students graduate from the program. Pass rates on the professional licensure exam average above 93.8%.
For 2004-05, the cost for tuition, fees, and books for each semester will be approximately $1,920 for Texas residents and $ 8,240 for nonresidents. Off-campus, one-bedroom apartments rent for approximately $450-$750 per month. Financial aid is awarded on the basis of financial need and is available in the form of loans, scholarships, grants, and work-study programs. More than 20 scholarships are awarded annually to physical therapy students.
Dormitories and local housing are available on or near the medical center campus. Students participate in university activities including intramural sports and community service projects. The City of Galveston is located on an island 45 miles south of Houston which provides a year-round, tropical climate. Thirty-two miles of beaches allow for water sports including skiing, fishing, surfing, sailing, and swimming. Other community activities include Moody Gardens, historical home tours, an outdoor theatre, museums, and local festivals such as Mardi Gras. A variety of plays, concerts, professional sports, and other cultural events are available in the nearby Houston area.