University of Puerto Rico - Medical Sciences Campus

Information about Physical Therapist program at University of Puerto Rico - Medical Sciences Campus




University of Puerto Rico - Medical Sciences Campus (A4, D5, F1, F6, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 03/09/2005
Address:   Physical Therapy Program
Department of Graduate Programs
College of Health Related Professions
University of Puerto Rico - Medical Sciences Campus
PO Box 365067
San Juan, PR 00936-5067
Phone:   (787)758-2525 ext. 4202
Fax:   (787)753-7262
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (787)758-2525 ext. 4000
Financial Aid Phone:   (787)758-1252
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Annlee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD
Program Director, Associate Professor
  Accreditor:   Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  Carnegie Classification:   Special Focus Institutions--Medical schools and medical centers
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Baccalaureate degree, June 1954 (no longer offered) Master's degree, May 2002
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2007
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Master of Physical Therapy
Four clinical education experiences will be required. The design of the master’s degree curriculum includes integrated and sequential evaluation, application and intervention courses in three areas: musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiopulmonary. Additionally, it features a tutorial and research course sequence.
There are 8 full-time and three part-time faculty members. Of the full-time faculty 37% hold post-professional doctoral degrees, and five are engaged in clinical practice. Over the past 3 years, the faculty has averaged two publications in peer-reviewed journals. The faculty to student ratio is 1:4.
The program admits 36 students from the pool of applicants. Candidates for admission into the program undergo a screening process. The primary requirement for consideration as a candidate for the Master of Science in Physical Therapy is the satisfactory completion of the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts Degree. The admission screening process includes evaluation of the candidate’s academic record, official academic transcripts and GPA of 2.8 are required. In addition, candidates will be expected to satisfy the interview requirement and to submit scores for the EXADEP exam. In the last three years 47% of qualified applicants were admitted to the program.
2-year graduation rate (2002-2003) was 82.5% (there was no graduating class in 2004); 2-year average pass rate for first-time takers is 79.5%; 2-year average employment rate (2002-2003) is 100%.
Tuition for residents is approximately $1,600 for the junior year and $865 for the senior year. Additional fees total approximately $370 per year. Nonresident students who are US citizens pay fees equal to the amount they would pay in their home state. Nonresident students who are foreign citizens pay $2,000 per year. Book costs range from $800-$1,000 per year. Federal and state funding in the form of educational loans will continue to be available to students.
The Medical Sciences Campus of the University of Puerto Rico is part of the Puerto Rico Medical Center featuring a number of hospitals and outpatient centers housed within the campus. The campus is located in the San Juan Metropolitan Area. Housing or dormitories are not provided within the campus. However, a number of boarding houses are available in the vicinity of the campus. A list is available upon request. Social, cultural, athletic and recreational activities for students are offered throughout the academic year.