University of New England

Information about Physical Therapist program at University of Miami



University of New England (A4, D6, F1, PR)

Last Updated by Program: 03/10/2005
Address:   Department of Physical Therapy
University of New England
716 Stevens Avenue
Portland, ME 04103
Phone:   (207)221-4590 ext. 4590
Fax:   (207)523-1910
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (207)221-4590 ext. 4590
Financial Aid Phone:   (207)602-2342 ext. 2302
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Michael R Sheldon, PT, MS
Associate Professor and Director
  Accreditor:   New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc./Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
  Carnegie Classification:   Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor’s degree, May 1984 (no longer offered) Master’s degree, May 1998 (no longer offered) DPT degree, June 2003
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2011
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is three calendar years (8 semesters) in length and includes a combination of classroom and laboratory course work, and clinical practicum experiences. The curriculum begins with the foundational sciences through which the student explores and studies normal human structure and function. From this critical underpinning, the student undertakes, through an integrated study of body systems, an evidence-based approach to the study of the various pathological conditions that interfere with function, the associated psychosocial impact, the relevant medical and surgical interventions, and the physical therapy tests, measures, and interventions utilized within the patient/client management model. The student is also introduced to the physical therapist's role in prevention and wellness, health promotion, education, consultation, scholarly inquiry, legislation and policy-making, and administration. The student may select from a number of elective course offerings and has the opportunity to work under the mentorship of a faculty member to pursue their interest in scholarly inquiry in the research track. The primary educational goal of the program is to prepare the graduate for autonomous practice wherein physical therapists are recognized by consumers and other health care professionals as the practitioners of choice…for the diagnosis of, interventions for, and prevention of impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities related to movement, function, and health. (American Physical Therapy Association Vision Statement 2020)
Students complete three, fulltime clinical practica, totaling 36 weeks of clinical experience. Some 240 clinical sites around the United States are available to provide a broad base of experiences in a variety of settings. The sites represent the continuum of health care practice settings including acute care hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, outpatient private practices, ambulatory care centers, skilled nursing facilities, school/ preschool programs, and home health care. Full-time clinical practica are integrated in the second and third professional years, enabling students to apply information learned in didactic courses under the supervision of practicing physical therapists.
There are eight full-time faculty positions and three part-time faculty positions. Three of the current faculty hold doctoral degrees, three are ABPTS certified clinical specialists, and five are engaged in clinical practice. The current full-time faculty to student ratio is 1:8.
The University has a total student enrollment of 3192. Of this number, 483 are students in enrolled in the College of Osteopathic Medicine and 660 are students enrolled in distance education programs. The Department of Physical Therapy, located in the College of Health Professions, has a current total enrollment of 46 students. The projected class size for students in the DPT program is 30. No preference is given to Maine residents.
Candidates for the professional education program in physical therapy are students who have earned a baccalaureate, masters, or doctoral degree in a discipline other than physical therapy and have a distinguished record of excellence and achievement in college as established by GPA (inclusive of specified prerequisite courses), extracurricular activities, community involvement, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation. Outstanding high school students and high school graduates who have been accepted to any undergraduate major at UNE may be designated as a pre-physical therapy candidate.
89% of admitted students graduate from the MPT program (3-year average); 99% of the MPT graduates passed the licensure examination (3-year average); and 100% of those MPT program graduates responding to surveys are employed (3-year average). No data available for the DPT program.
DPT Program tuition for 2004-05 including Summer 2005: $10,000/each for Fall and Spring semesters and $5500/Summer semester. There is an annual General Services Fee (graduate) of $360. The Malpractice Insurance Fee is $70 per year. For those with automobiles, there is an annual Parking Fee of $50. Tuition and fees are charged and payable in full at the beginning of each semester. Other expenses include books and housing. Applicants are encouraged to review their financial resources carefully and anticipate them realistically. Financial aid is designed to assist students in finding financial options to achieve their academic goals. Students in the DPT program may be eligible to receive funding through Federal Student Loan programs as well as Alternative/Supplemental Loan Programs. Please refer to the Financial Aid section of the UNE Catalog or visit the University's Financial Aid website for detailed information on the financial aid application process and the student loan programs. In addition, the program offers nine $5000 scholarships/assistantships.
The physical therapy program is housed on the Westbrook College Campus of UNE in Portland, Maine's most cosmopolitan city. The campus is designated a national historic district and is quintessential New England with a central green surrounded by classic brick buildings. As the state's largest city with a population of 63,000, Portland is a center for business, government, healthcare, and culture in Maine. The interdisciplinary focus of the College provides physical therapy students with many opportunities to interact with other students from a range of health care disciplines, providing a unique perspective on the needs of individuals, families, and communities. Students also have access to a full range of outstanding student support services, including counseling, learning assistance, and disability services.