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:

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

Loretta Dillon
Interim Program Director and Associate Clinical Professor

Celia Pechak
Interim Associate Program Director and Associate Professor

Beverly Scarborough
Administrative Assistant
(915) 747-8207
No admissions questions to this email.

Michelle Gutierrez, PT, DSc, Clinical Assistant Professor, DPT Admissions Chair
For admission questions, please communicate with the DPT Program via email at


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:; website:

Now Accepting Applications for Program Director and Associate Professor/Professor


The UTEP DPT Admissions application opens on PTCAS July 1 at The deadline to apply is November 1, 2016 for summer 2017 admission. The Program begins May 30, 2017 with the new 9-semester curriculum. You may learn about the curriculum at this Website under the link “About the Program”

You may learn more about our application process at this Website under “Prospective Students” and at our PTCAS directory site found at:

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

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 Ther. 2014;94(12):1807-1815.

Welcome Class of 2018!
The new cohort of 36 Doctor of Physical Therapy students
began their physical therapy studies on May 31, 2016.

Congratulations to Dr Matthew McLean, UTEP DPT Class of 2012 and to Dr Nicholas Valencia, UTEP DPT Class of 2013

Both Dr McLean amd Dr Valencia have earned certification as an Orthopaedics Clinical Specialist (OCS) after passing a rigorous national examination. This is an outstanding accomplishment and we applaud them for serving as role models for our current students