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Physical Therapy (Terapia Física)


General Information


The Doctorate in Physical Therapy Program is housed within the Department of Graduate Programs in the School of Health Professions of the University of Puerto Rico in the Medical Sciences Campus. It is the first and only program in Puerto Rico which leads to a Doctorate Entry Level Degree in Physical Therapy. The duration of the professional curriculum is 3.5 years. Admissions to the program will be considered once every year. Students will begin diurnal fulltime classes in August of the year of admission. They are expected to complete 90 credits and graduate 3 years later upon completion of the graduation requirements.

Upon the completion of this degree the graduate is qualified to work as a general practitioner in physical therapy and will be able to offer services in the following scenarios: hospitals, rehabilitation centers, geriatric centers, industries, schools, sports medicine centers, health promotion programs, private practice, community programs, and others. The graduate will be able to assume the roles of being a clinician, researcher, administrator, educator and consultant in the above mentioned scenarios.

Important Information:

The Doctorate in Physical Therapy Program (DPT) proposal was approved by the General Council of Education of Puerto Rico on July 3, 2014 (Cert Num. 2014-2660). The admission to the program is open until January 31 of each academic year.


Admission Requirements

Candidates for admission to the Program must meet each of the following criteria:
- Possess a Baccalaureate or post-Baccalaureate degree from an accredited higher education academic institution evidenced by official transcripts.
- 30 hours of voluntary service, observation or shadowing in a physical therapy setting under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Those hours should be completed during the last two years before submitting application to the program. The Clinical Observation Form should be handled with the application package to evidence this experience. (Click here to see the Observation Form)
- Current First Aid Certification exclusively from American Heart Association.
- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification exclusively for the Health Care Professional (BLS)
- Obtain 70% or more in personal interview. The personal interview assesses non-cognitive traits such as: communication skills, motivation to pursue the career of physical therapy, and professional behavior and attitude. A candidate who obtains less than 70% in the interview will not be admitted to the program. (Click here for more information about the interview process)
- EXADEP (Examen de Admisión a Estudios de Posgrado); is a standardized test that measures verbal reasoning, quantitative, and analytical abilities in Spanish and in English as a second language to contribute to determine the applicant’s readiness for professional and graduate school). The EXADEP must be taken within five calendar years of the application date. A minimum total score of 500 is required.
- An overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 and specific GPA in required pre-requisites of 2.8 in a scale of 0.0 to 4.00. Candidates to admission should bring by hand a transcript credit and Request that an official transcript be send to the Medical Sciences Campus Admission Office.
- Have passed with C or higher and have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.80 (in a scale of 0.0 to 4.00) or higher in the following pre-requisite courses:
  - General Biology- 6 semester credit hrs
  - Human Biology- 6 to 8 semester credit hrs
  - General Physics- 8 semester credit hrs
  - General Chemistry-8 semester credit hrs
  - Statistics-3 semester credit hrs
  - General Psychology-3 semester credit hrs
  - Human Development throughout the lifespan-3 semester credit hrs
Total semester credit hours: 37 to 39
(Click here to see the validation credits for University of Puerto Rico)
(Click here to see the validation credits for private universities)
Biology, Physics, and Chemistry courses should include both lecture and laboratory instruction.
- Computer literacy and Internet skills are also highly recommended for admission to the program.
- Curriculum is conducted in Spanish and English and most patient interactions are in Spanish. Therefore, fluency in speaking, writing, and reading both languages is highly recommended.

Physical Therapy Program Outcomes Table

(Click here to download the program outcomes table)

Information Bulletin of the Doctorate in Physical Therapy Program

(Please click here to download the Information Bulletin of the Program)

The Doctorate in Physical Therapy Program at the Medical Sciences Campus, University of Puerto Rico 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.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. To see the accreditation certificate click here.

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Program Faculty

Dr. Ana L. Mulero Portela - Interim Director

Prof. Flavia E. Bayron Flores
Prof. Ivette Bonet Rivera
Prof. Cynthia Cruz Gomez
Dr. Jessica Rodriguez
Prof. Ana J. Font Rivera



Physical Therapy Program News


Physical Address


University of Puerto Rico

Medical Sciences Campus

School of Health Professions

6th Floor, Office #604


Telephones
Director - 787-758-2525, Ext. 3495; 787-767-3732
Secretary - 787-758-2525, Ext. 3493
Fax -787-753-7262

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