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 early in July of the year of admission. They are expected to complete 132 credits to graduate and fulfill the all 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, and community programs among others. The graduate will be able to assume the roles of being a clinician, researcher, administrator, educator and consultant in the above mentioned scenarios.
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.
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. The Baccalaureate cannot be on physical therapy.
- Thirty (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 within the last two years of 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. (Click here to see a certificate example)
- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification exclusively for the Health Care Professional (BLS). (Click here to see a certificate example)
- 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. Interviews are conducted in early April of each academic year. (Click here for more information about the interview process)
- PAEP (Prueba 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 PAEP must be taken within two calendar years of the application date. A minimum total score of 500 and 50 points in the English section is required. For information about PAEP, visit the following page https://www.laspau.harvard.edu/admissions-testing?lang=es overall. The request to take the PAEP will be through the School of Health Professions. Only for the Cohort to be admitted in academic year 2021-22, the admission exam will not be 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.
- 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 I and II||6 semester credit hrs|
|Human Biology I and II||6 to 8 semester credit hrs|
|General Physics I and II||8 semester credit hrs|
|General Chemistry I and II||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 UPR System validation’s credits tables)
(Click here to see private universities validation’s credits tables)
(Click here to see validation credits with Sistema Ana G Mendez University)
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 (courses are taught in Spanish, books are in English) and most patient interactions are in Spanish. Therefore, fluency in speaking, writing, and reading both languages is highly recommended.
Refer to the link Frequent Asked Questions for more information.
Weight of Admission Criteria
Overall grade point average (GPA): 20%
Sciences courses GPA (Specific GPA): 30%
EXADEP score: 35%
Physical Therapy Program Outcomes Table
Information Bulletin of the Doctorate in Physical Therapy Program
The Doctorate of 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: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. To see the accreditation certificate click here.
Dr. Ana Font-Rivera, Director
Dr. Wilitza Martínez, Associate Director
Dr. Jessica Rodríguez-Torres, Academic Clinical Coordinator
Dr. Ana L. Mulero – Portela, Research Coordinator
Dr. Alexie Seda – Díaz
Dr. Cynthia Cruz – Gómez
Dr. Lypzia Vélez –Jiménez
Dr. Keyla Ramos – Prats
Dr. Karisol Chevere- Rivera
Prof. Ivette Bonet – Rivera
Prof. Kristian Pamias-Velazquez
Dra. Flora Muñoz – Rivera
Prof. Rafael de Jesús – Carreras
University of Puerto Rico
Medical Sciences Campus
School of Health Professions
6th Floor, Office #604
Director – 787-758-2525, Ext. 3495; 787-767-3732
Secretary – 787-758-2525, Ext. 3493