Admissions Requirements

Supplemental UNLV Graduate College Application Instructions

In order to be considered for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, students must complete an application (referred to as the “supplemental application”) from the UNLV Graduate College as well as the PTCAS application.

Follow the steps below when completing the UNLV Graduate College application (you must provide an answer for all boxes marked with a red line):

  1. Visit the Graduate College website.
  2. Click on the “Apply” tab.
  3. New users should click “new user” to create a user profile. Returning users may enter their username and password.
  4. Click “My Profile” and complete the following sections:
    1. Personal Data
    2. Address
  5. Click “My Application” and complete the following sections:
    1. Application Type (Required)
    2. Academic History (Required)
      1. “Unofficial Transcripts” are required at time of application
      2. Students who are accepted will be expected to submit copies of “Official Transcripts” from all attended institutions directly to the graduate college. The graduate college does not accept applicants’ previously submitted PTCAS transcripts.
    3. Financial Information: (Required)
    4. Emergency Contact: (Optional)
    5. Parent’s Education Level: (Optional)
    6. Graduate Assistantship: Choose “No”. First-year DPT students are not eligible for graduate assistantships.
    7. Scholarship and Fellowship: (Required)
      1. Applicants with dependent children may be eligible for an additional scholarship.
    8. Submit Application (Required)
      1. Payment of application fee is required.

Applicants are encouraged to submit the UNLV Graduate College application well before the posted deadline. Late applications are not considered.

KIRA Virtual Interview

This KIRA assessment is a one-way interview that is required and must be submitted along with your other PTCAS application materials by October 1st, 2021. The process will take 20-30 minutes to complete on your own time. You will be asked a question and given prep time and a set amount of time to respond. You'll be able to record your responses from the comfort of your home, and you can do so in your own time.

You will need access to a desktop or laptop computer with a functioning camera, microphone, and internet connection to complete the interview. If you have any technical questions while completing the assessment, please email

Bachelor's Required

  • Prospective students for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program must earn a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university or community college by May 31st of the year the candidate seeks to be admitted.
  • You may obtain your degree in any area of study as long as the minimum requirements needed to apply are met. No preference is given to any particular baccalaureate degree.
  • A minimum overall undergraduate grade point average (all schools attended) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required, but does not guarantee admission.

Observation Hours

Temporary Admissions Update for 2021-22 Admissions Cycle related to COVID-19

Prospective applicants for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program must complete 50 hours of observation supervised by a physical therapist.

  • Observation hours can come from any physical therapy setting. When safe to do so applicants are still encouraged to seekout observational experiences in multiple settings, but for the 2021-22 admissions cycle, only one setting is required.
  • Verification of hours is required via PTCAS.
  • Observation hours for the 2021-22 Admissions cycle must be "complete" and documented as such on PTCAS by no later than November 15th, 2021.
    • Please see the frequently asked questions resource for additional details regarding acceptable observation experiences and how to document/submit your verified hours via PTCAS.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Prospective students for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program must complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The GRE can be taken as many times as you would like. The department will use your highest score from each section in the event of retakes.

  • There is no minimum GRE score required to be eligible for consideration.
  • Recommended score of 300 combined verbal and quantitative.
  • Recommended score of 4.0 on analytical writing.
  • Recommend that applicants sit for the GRE examination at least one month prior to application deadline.
  • GRE scores must be sent directly to PTCAS for verification using reporting School Code 7618. GRE scores from other sources will not be accepted.
  • Applicants are encouraged to refer to the “frequently asked questions” resource on the admissions webpage for more details on the GRE.
  • Applicants can find the range of accepted GRE scores for the most recently accepted cohort of DPT students on the UNLVPT Program Profile page on the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service website.

Letters of Recommendation

Temporary Admissions Update for 2021-22 Admissions Cycle related to COVID-19

Prospective students for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program must receive three (3) letters of recommendation.

  • One letter of recommendation is required from a licensed physical therapist who can evaluate the applicant’s potential as a student in the physical therapy program.
  • The remaining two letters can come from any of the acceptable evaluators listed on the program’s PTCAS profile on the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service website.
  • All letters of recommendation MUST be submitted through the PTCAS application portal.