Physical Therapy

Greetings from the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program of the University of Texas at El Paso!

The College of Health Sciences and the University continue to experience rapid advancement. The DPT Program is housed at Campbell Building at 1101 N Campbell about a mile from the main UTEP campus. The Campbell Building has undergone various renovations over the past several years, including the recently opened $1.3 million Human Anatomy Teaching Laboratory. Additionally we regularly use the state-of-the-art hospital simulation lab at the Health Sciences and Nursing Building on main campus.

These facilities allow us to train our students for various practice settings. Physical Therapy is a very dynamic profession with generalist as well as specialist opportunities for practice. There is high demand for our graduates in this region as well as across the state and nation. Physical Therapists are respected members of the health care team with many opportunities to practice with children and adults in settings such as geriatrics, sports rehabilitation, orthopedics, wound care, acute care, women’s health, pediatrics, and neuro-rehabilitation. Physical therapists are well paid but the most gratifying aspect of this profession is the satisfaction we have from helping people achieve their personal best in physical function. We are a caring profession.

The UTEP DPT degree requires 9 consecutive semesters, full-time, in a lock-step program. Students enter as a cohort in May and graduate in May, 3 years later. The Program is both challenging and rewarding. We are particularly proud of our unique model of integrating Spanish language training in our curriculum.

Following graduation, students are eligible to take the national licensure exam (National Physical Therapy Exam). Successful outcome on the licensure examination qualifies the graduate to work in any of the 50 states. We are fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), recognized by United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

CAPTE Accreditation information can be found at: CAPTE Accreditation

We welcome you to consider joining our wonderful profession and to receive your education in our unique region.


The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Texas at El Paso is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: Accreditation APTA; website: CAPTE Accreditation.

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The UTEP DPT Admissions application opens on PTCAS July 1 at PTCAS.

The deadline to apply is November 1, 2017 for summer 2018 admission. The Program begins May 29, 2018 with  nine (9) semester curriculum. You may learn about the curriculum at this Website under the link: Nine (9) Semester Curriculum

You may learn more about our application process at this Website under “Prospective Students” and at our PTCAS directory site found at: PTCAS Program Profile University of Texas at El Paso.

In order to ensure that each applicant has an equal opportunity to receive a timely and accurate response from the Admissions Committee, we utilize email to communicate.  Therefore, if you still have questions after thoroughly reviewing our Website, please email us at UTEP DPT Admissions.

Given the high number of potential applicants, we are unable to advise potential applicants in person & cannot provide individual tours.

If you are interested in learning more about UTEP DPT Program’s unique model of integrating Spanish language training in our curriculum, please read:

Pechak CM, Diaz D, Dillon D. Integrating Spanish Language Training Across a Physical Therapist Curriculum: A Case Report of One Program’s Efforts to Promote Linguistic Competence. Phys Ether. 2014;94(12):1807-1815.


Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Anderson, UTEP DPT Class of 2011

Sarah Anderson

Dr. Sarah Anderson earned certification as an Orthopaedics Clinical Specialist (OCS) after passing a rigorous national examination. This is an outstanding accomplishment and we applaud her for serving as a role model for our current students.