Temporary 2020-21 DPT Admissions Cycle Updates related to COVID-19

  1. Observation Hours Requirement: (reduced)
    • The minimum number of observation hours have been reduced from 100 to 50.
    • The minimum number of unique PT settings have also been reduced from two (2) to one (1) unique setting.
    • 50 observation hours must be documented as “complete” and be verified on PTCAS by no later than November 15th, 2020.
  2. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading: (UNLVPT will consider S/U grading for spring 2020 and summer 2020 courses)
    • Applicants may apply courses with a "satisfactory" or "passing" grade towards the 11 UNLVPT prerequisite compliment.
    • The applicant’s prerequisite GPA must still be at minimum 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Online Anatomy & Physiology Lab Coursework: (Will be accepted from spring 2020, summer 2020, and fall 2020 terms)
    • Historically all A&P labs have been required to be in-person.
    • Applicants with A&P lab coursework in an online format during spring 2020, summer 2020, or fall 2020 may apply these courses to the UNLVPT prerequisite compliment.
    • Note: UNLVPT has always accepted online courses for the other prerequisite courses.
  4. Application Deadlines (No Changes)
    • PTCAS application must be submitted by October 1st.
    • UNLV Graduate College (supplementation application) must be submitted by October 1st.
    • KIRA Virtual Interview must be submitted by October 15th.
  5. GRE
    • No changes, the GRE is still required and scores must be submitted to reporting code 7618.
    • Any testing method from ETS is acceptable. This includes in-person testing at a testing center or at home proctored testing.
  6. Letters of Recommendation
    • The minimum number of letters from a PT has been reduced from two (2) to one (1).
    • The total # of required letters of rec remains however at three (3).

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program

The physical therapy department admits 48 students each summer to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. The application cycle opens each year on July 1st.  The application deadline to submit the PTCAS application as well as the Supplemental UNLV Graduate College Application is OCTOBER 1st. Applicants are encouraged to submit materials well before the application deadline.  Complete applications are reviewed by the admissions committee through December each year.  A select number of applicants will be invited to complete a final interview during January. Newly admitted students start class during early June each year.

*Admissions criteria are reviewed by the faculty annually and are subject to change.

Prospective students are required to:

A select number of applicants will be asked to participate in a final in-person interview during January each year.

FAQs & Program Costs

All prospective students should complete a thorough review of the frequently asked questions resource and program costs resources linked below:

For admissions questions, please contact the admissions committee directly at or 702-895-3072.

Essential Tasks

To complete the DPT curriculum, prospective students must be able to perform essential tasks that involve physical dexterity, strength, and repetitive movements.

Accepted students who have a documented disability requiring accommodations should contact the Disability Resource Center at 702-895-0866 or TDD 702-895-0652, well prior to the start of classes.

Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences

The department also offers a rehabilitative sub-plan for the Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences degree. Consult the degree page for details, or email for additional information.