University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Information about Physical Therapist program at University of Nevada, Las Vegas




University of Nevada, Las Vegas (A4, D6, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 03/09/2007
Address:   Department of Physical Therapy
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
School of Health and Human Sciences
4505 Maryland Parkway
Box 453029
Las Vegas, NV 89154-3029
Phone:   (702)895-3003
Fax:   (702)895-4883
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (702)895-3003
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
J Wesley McWhorter, PT, PhD
  Accreditor:   The Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges
  Carnegie Classification:   Research Universities (high research activity)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Masters degree, November 2000; DPT degree, November 2004
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2015
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Master of Science Physical Therapy (no longer admitting students) Doctor of Physical Therapy
The course of study at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas is an entry-level professional program designed to prepare students to enter the profession of physical therapy. Students are prepared as generalists, but also have some opportunity to investigate specialized aspects of physical therapy through numerous clinical exposures. The program of study consists of 111 credit hours of graduate course work. These hours are divided between classroom, clinical and research activities. Upon receiving this degree, students will be eligible to sit for the licensure examination in physical therapy.
Four full-time clinical affiliations of 6, 10.5, 11 and 12 weeks duration are integrated into the didactic coursework. All students are required to complete an affiliation in an acute setting, a rehab setting, an outpatient, and a rural setting.
There are seven full-time and three adjunct faculty members. Two of the full-time faculty members are certified as clinical specialists and all are engaged in clinical practice. Over the past 3 years, the faculty as a whole has averaged six publications in peer-reviewed journals each year. The faculty-to-student ratio is 1:8.5.
The University has a total enrollment of over 25,000 students, including the 1,600 in the School of Health and Human Sciences. The physical therapy program currently has 58 students.
Admission to the program is competitive with 24 spaces available per class. Minimum requirements for consideration include a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university (no preference is given to any particular baccalaureate degree), a minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale with a minimum average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for prerequisite courses, a preferred composite score of 1000 or higher on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination must be taken no later than December 15th of the semester preceding the application deadline, three letters of recommendation from physical therapists or other individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s potential as a student in the physical therapy program, and knowledge of the field through actual work or volunteer experience with a minimum of 200 hours exposure. Each applicant much complete and submit an application to UNLV’s Graduate College, official transcripts from all previous college and professional schools, the application to the Department of Physical Therapy, and an autobiographical statement of approximately 300 words describing the student’s professional goals and reasons for seeking graduate education in physical therapy. The admissions committee will review each applicant and an interview may be required. The deadline for applications is January 31st. For a detailed list of all prerequisite courses and an application packet, please call 702/895-3003 or visit our website at . 54% of qualified applicants are admitted to the program (3-year average).
Six cohorts of students have graduated from the physical therapy program since the inaugural class graduated in 2000. 95% of admitted students graduate from the program (6-year average); 91.5% of the graduates passed the licensure examination on the first try (6-year average); and 100% of those program graduates responding to surveys are employed (6-year average).
The Fee for the 2006-07 academic year is $149.74 per credit hour for graduate students. Out-of-state students pay an additional $9,910 fee per year. Students are encouraged to seek individual sources of financial assistance. The primary source of outside funding for graduate students is in the form of Federal Direct Loans. Several scholarships are also available for 1st and 2nd year students. Additionally, graduate assistantships are available for 2nd year students. Once an applicant is accepted into the program, the Student Financial Services Office is available to assist students: 702/895-3424.
The Physical Therapy program is housed in the Bigelow Health Sciences Building. The majority of the class and lab sessions are held in the Kitty Rodman Physical Therapy Facilities, which include a spacious lecture room, clinical teaching areas, a physical therapy student library and state of the art equipment. In addition, all physical therapy students have access to the extensive computer, library and residential facilities on campus. The university is integral to the cultural environment of a city known as The Entertainment Capital of the World. The Charles Vanda Master Series and Barrick Lecture Series bring world-class artists, performers and some of the foremost thinkers of our time to the campus.