University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

Information about Physical Therapist program at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas





University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (A4, D5, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 08/08/2005
Address:   Department of Physical Therapy
Southwestern Allied Health Sciences School
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
5323 Harry Hines Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75390-8876
Phone:   (214)648-1551
Fax:   (214)648-1511
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (214)648-1550
Financial Aid Phone:   (214)648-3611
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Patricia Winchester, PT, PhD
Professor & Chair
  Accreditor:   Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges
  Carnegie Classification:   Special Focus Institutions--Medical schools and medical centers
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor’s degree, April 1973 (no longer offered) Master’s degree, May 1998
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2011
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Master of Physical Therapy
The physical therapy program is a full-time, 2-year program beginning with the summer session in May. The program runs for six semesters and concludes in May. Students typically spend 25-30 hours in class each week.
At the end of the first fall semester, there is a 3-week clinical rotation. During the second summer semester, students spend a week at Camp John Marc working with pediatric clients. Another 6-week clinical rotation follows at the end of the second summer semester. The final spring semester offers two 9-week rotations. Clinical experiences are varied and include rehabilitation, pediatric, geriatric, general acute, out-patient, home health and school system sites. The majority of the clinical sites are located in Texas with 50% in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.
There are eight full-time and four part-time faculty members. Four of the full-time faculty hold post-professional doctoral degrees. Four faculty are certified as clinical specialist and eight are engaged in clinical practice. Over the past 3 years, the faculty has averaged seven publications in peer-reviewed journals. The faculty-to-student ratio is 1:8.
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center has a total enrollment of 1,555 (51% male, 49% female). In May, 2005, the physical therapy program accepted 40 students from a pool of 200 applicants, four of these were out-of-state students.
The mean cumulative grade point average (GPA) of the 2005 class upon admission was 3.6 on a 4.0 scale. Prerequisite course work includes 8 hours of lower- or upper-division biology; 8 hours of anatomy or anatomy and physiology; 8 hours of physics; 8 hours of chemistry; 3 hours of general psychology; 3 hours of abnormal or developmental psychology; 3 hours of college algebra (or higher); and 3 of hours statistics. Completion of a Medical Terminology course is also recommended. In addition, applicants must take the GRE and report their scores (verbal and quantitative), however their scores are not factored into admission. It is recommended that applicants have a minimum pre-requisite GPA and an overall GPA of 3.0. There are 2 application deadlines; Sept 1 and Dec 1 and interviews are held in October and January with notification of acceptance usually by February. Matriculation rate was 85% for the last graduating class. Over the last two years, the average matriculation rate was 85% For the last class graduating, Pass rate on the licensure exam for first time takers in 2004 was 88%. Over the past three years, the average pass rate has been 89%.
85% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average); 89% of the graduates passed the licensure exam on the first try (3-year average); and 100% of those program graduates responding to surveys are employed (3-year average).
The average cost for tuition and fees, including books, lab equipment/fees, property deposit, student service fees, malpractice insurance, and a graduation fee, was $5,646 for in-state students for year 1 and $5,985 for year 2 and $15,322 for year 1 and $17,549 for year 2 for out-of-state students. For specific information regarding tuition, please contact the Registrar's Office at 214/648-3606. The University has on-campus housing available for students in the newly built Southwestern Medical Park Apartments. One and two bedroom apartments are available. For specific information or an application, please contact the Leasing Office at (214) 956-9300 or visit the Campus Housing Website at Additionally, students are able to find off-campus housing at a variety of nearby apartments. The average rent for an off-campus, one-bedroom apartment ranges from $630 - $700 per month. A student's financial aid is calculated from a Financial Aid Form and subtracted from the student's budget for the time of enrollment. The remaining amount is the student's financial need. An eligible student may qualify for one or combination of loans, grants, campus jobs, and scholarships. For specific information, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at 214/648-3611.
There are no intercollegiate athletic programs. However, there is an active intramural program. A new student center opened in the fall of 2002. The Bryan Williams, M.D. Student Center is approximately 43,000 square feet. The centerpiece is a special events center and gymnasium that accommodates basketball, badminton, volleyball, indoor soccer, and other recreational activities, as well as special events. The 60-acre UT Southwestern campus, located just north of downtown Dallas, is the focus of a large medical complex that includes the following principal teaching hospitals: Parkland Memorial Hospital, Children's Medical Center and the Zale-Lipshy University Hospital. It is served by two airports (Dallas/Ft Worth International and Love Field). Multiple cultural and entertainment activities are available with several major medical and other academic centers within close proximity.