University of Texas at El Paso

Information about Physical Therapist program at University of Texas at El Paso




University of Texas at El Paso (D5, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 08/29/2002
Address:   Physical Therapy Program
College of Health Sciences
University of Texas at El Paso
1101 North Campbell
El Paso, TX 79902-0581
Phone:   (915)747-8207
Fax:   (915)747-8211
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (915)747-8207
Financial Aid Phone:   (915)747-5204
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
J.A. Ryberg, PT, MA
  Accreditor:   Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges
  Carnegie Classification:   Research Universities (high research activity)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   October 1997
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2011
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Master of Physical Therapy
The professional program in physical therapy, which follows 90 hours of prerequisite study, requires 2.5 years (eight consecutive semesters) and leads to a master of physical therapy (MPT), and eligibility for licensure as a physical therapist. The first year starts in August and extends through July. During this year students complete courses in basic and clinical sciences, including: anatomy; kinesiology; basic physical therapy evaluation and treatment procedures; legal, ethical, and professional aspects of physical therapy; and cardiopulmonary physical therapy. During the second year students study the management of patients with orthopedic and neurologic abnormalities with additional course work in pediatrics. Students also plan and conduct a group research project under the supervision of faculty. Most of the third year is devoted to clinical education. Time is also provided for elective courses and for completion of the research project. There are seven full-time faculty and three adjunct faculty members. Commencement occurs in May.
Students have 30 weeks of clinical experience including one 6-week and three 8-week experiences. Students complete experiences in orthopedics, neurologic rehabilitation, acute care, and one elective which may be in pediatrics, industrial or sports rehabilitation, wound care or other experiences depending on the availability of sites. Students also have the option of an alternate clinical experience such as teaching in a PTA program. The student may also have the opportunity for an international experience in pediatrics in Juarez, Mexico. Clinical sites are primarily in Texas and surrounding states.
There are eight full-time and one part-time faculty members. Of the full-time faculty 38% hold post-professional doctoral degrees, one has a DPT degree, one is certified as a clinical specialist, and five are engaged in clinical practice. The faculty to student ratio is 1:9.
The university has a total enrollment of approximately 15,500 students. The physical therapy program has a maximum enrollment of 24 students per class drawn from an application pool of approximately 50.
Applicants must complete a minimum of 90 undergraduate semester hours in a pre-professional course of study to include the following: 3 hours each technical writing, speech, and statistics (psychology or education based and must include ANOVA); 4 hours upper division physiology w/lab (human, animal or vertebrae, second half of human anatomy/physiology is not acceptable); 6 hours each of English, and psychology (general and developmental); 8 hours each: chemistry, physics, and biological science (must all be for science majors w/lab); and 41 hours of electives. No more than 66 credit hours can be transferred from a 2-year or junior college. A minimum of 150 clock hours of volunteer or paid experience in a physical therapy setting must be completed before December 1 of the application year. At least 72 credit hours must be completed prior to application to the program. All prerequisites must be completed by the end of the spring semester of the year the student plans to matriculate. Math and science courses that fulfill prerequisites must be less then 10 years old. A minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in math and science are necessary. Three references are required, one of which must be from a physical therapist who supervised the work of the volunteer experience. The GRE is required. Completion of an official interview is required of all eligible candidates. The program uses a rolling admissions process. Applications are available at any time and completed applications are reviewed quarterly in August, December, March, and June. If accepted candidates are notified of admission, alternate status or rejection during these months of March. Fifty percent of qualified applicants are admitted to the program (3-year average).
87% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average).
Tuition for the 2001-2002 school year is $102 per contact hour for residents and $309 per contact hour for non-residents. Student fees are approximately $300 per semester. The average tuition and fees per year for a resident would be approximately $4600 and for non-residents $12,000. Residents of southern New Mexico counties adjacent to El Paso are eligible for in-state tuition. Room is approximately $6000.00 per year. Book costs can total as much as $700.00 per semester. For funds available to physical therapy students, call (915) 747-5204.
Nestled in the foothills of the Franklin Mountains, El Paso is located in far West Texas directly on the US-Mexico border. El Paso and Juarez, Mexico form the center of a bilingual, bicultural population spanning three states and two nations. Extensive outdoor activities are available in the surrounding areas.