University of New Mexico

Information about Physical Therapist program at University of New Mexico



University of New Mexico (A4, D5, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 03/29/2007
Address:   Physical Therapy Program
Health Sciences Center
MSC09 5230
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Phone:   (505)272-5755
Fax:   (505)272-8079
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (505)272-5756
Financial Aid Phone:   (505)272-8008
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Susan A Queen, PT, PhD
Associate Professor and Director
  Accreditor:   Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  Carnegie Classification:   Research Universities (very high research activity)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor's degree, April 1976 (no longer offered) Master's degree, May 2000
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2015
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Master of Physical Therapy
In addition to satisfactory completion of the didactic portion of the curriculum, students must successfully prepare and present a written and oral report of a master’s thesis, (Plan I – Thesis Option), or complete an approved “project,” choosing one of several options such as working with faculty research, completing an evidence based practice project, etc. (Plan II – non-thesis option). Students must also pass a comprehensive examination. The Program plans to convert to the clinical doctorate degree (DPT) in Fall, 2008, graduating the first class in 2011.
All students must successfully complete a 24-week period of full-time clinical education before the degree may be conferred. Hospital and health care facilities throughout New Mexico and a limited number of facilities outside the state are utilized in the final clinical education experiences.
There are 8 full-time core faculty members. Of the full-time faculty, 75% hold post-professional doctoral degrees, additionally, there are several supporting and numerous adjunct faculty engaged in the educational mission. Faculty are engaged in research and clinical practice to varying degrees. All faculty have been physical therapists for more than 20 years and have extensive clinical as well as academic experience.
The University enrolls approximately 25,000 students. Up to 24 students are accepted annually in the Physical Therapy Program. Transfer students from other physical therapy programs are not accepted.
Applications are available year-round and can be downloaded off our website. Application deadline is January 15 of each year, but applications may be submitted at any time. Interviews are typically conducted the end of February, and classes begin on the first Tuesday after Memorial Day. The Physical Therapy Masters Program is 3 years in length. The average science grade point average for the last 3 years was 3.61. Prerequisites include 3 semester hours in each: statistics and nutrition; 4 semester hours of biology and chemistry; 6 semester hours of psychology; and 8 semester hours in each: physics, and anatomy/physiology. Applicants must have a bachelors degree in any field, take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and have an overall and prerequisite GPA of 3.0. 52% of qualified applicants are admitted to the program (3-year average). 52% of qualified applicants are admitted to the program (3-year average).
99% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average). Pass rate on the national licensure exam (3 year rolling average) is: Class of 2004: 94.44%; Class of 2005: 100%; Class of 2006: 95.24%.
Basic tuition for 2006-2007 is $249.22/credit hour for residents and $657.92/credit hour for nonresidents. For full details or more information go to Financial aid is available to physical therapy students through the North Campus Financial Aid Office 505/272-8008 or
The Physical Therapy Program is located within the University of New Mexico, School of Medicine in the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico (population 797,940, as of the 2005 census, elevation 5,000 feet above sea level), which lies in the Chihuahuan Desert in central New Mexico at the crossroads of Interstate 40 (Route 66) and Interstate 25. Albuquerque, the largest city in New Mexico, straddles the Rio Grande River and is bordered by the Sandia Mountains on the East and a string of five inactive volcanoes that make up Volcano City Park and Petroglyph National Monument, on the West. The city represents a synergy of Native American, Hispanic and Anglo peoples, where traditional and modern cultures coexist. The University of New Mexico is centrally located in Albuquerque. Sandia National Laboratory brings science and technology to this city of the Old West. A number of Indian Reservations and Pueblos exist in or near the city. Albuquerque is a city full of exciting attractions, activities and events, including; historic Old Town, zoological and biological parks, nature centers, museums, river rafting and renowned ski areas (within a few hours drive), the longest tram in North America, hiking and biking trails, wineries and vineyards, casino gaming and bingo, golf, horseback riding, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and was recently named fourth out of the top 10 movie making cities in the US. It has been called the most culturally diverse city in the Country. Albuquerque is a unique balance of a prehistoric past and a high-tech present. For more information about Albuquerque visit the Albuquerque Visitor’s Center website at  A variety of housing is available for students including dormitories, apartments, and rental houses. Parking is by permit on campus, but housing is often close enough to allow students to walk or ride bikes to class.