Temporary 2021-22 DPT Admissions Cycle Updates related to COVID-19

  1. Observation Hours Requirement: (Reduced)
    • The number of observation hours required 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 verified on PTCAS by no later than November 15th, 2021.
  2. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading: (UNLVPT will consider S/U grading for spring, summer, and/or fall of 2020 courses)
    • We will accept pass/satisfactory credits for prerequisite courses if the institution elected to use the Pass/Fail or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading option due to COVID-19 without prejudice for summer, spring and fall of 2020 courses. However, to give us the best sense of your comparative academic preparation, we encourage as much coursework as possible to be taken on a graded basis vs. pass/fail.
    • The applicant’s prerequisite GPA must still be at minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Online Anatomy & Physiology Lab Coursework:
    • Historically all A&P labs have been required to be in-person.
    • Applicants who complete A&P lab coursework online from spring 2020 to spring 2022 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 1st.
  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).
  7. Interview Days During COVID-19 Response
    • The UNLV Doctor of Physical Therapy interviews will be held on campus in January 2022. For the health and safety of our candidates and campus community, we will require candidates to wear masks, provide proof of vaccination, or provide proof of a negative Covid test within 72 hours of the interview. All attendees will be required to show proof of immunization or a negative Covid test at check-in on the morning of the event. If directives change, all candidates will be notified via email.

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 dpt.admissions@unlv.edu 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 daniel.young@unlv.edu for additional information.