You may learn more about our application process at this website under “Prospective Students” and at our PTCAS directory site is found at: http://www.ptcas.org/ptcas/public/Listing.aspx?seqn=1252&navid=10737426783.
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 DPTadmissions@utep.edu.
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.

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

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. Plans are in progress for a new state-of-the-art anatomy lab in the Campbell location; our teaching labs were renovated a few years ago. 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 8 consecutive semesters, full-time, in a lock-step program. Students enter as a cohort in May and graduate in December, 2 ½ 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: http://www.capteonline.org/

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 Assistant 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 DPTadmissions@utep.edu

Following the tradition of all other UTEP Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) cohorts before them, the DPT Class of 2016 made a large donation to the Texas Physical Therapy Foundation (TPTF). The TPTF provides grants to support physical therapy research in Texas. Class officers presented a $2500 check at the Texas Physical Therapy Association’s Annual Conference on October 23, 2016 – earning a standing ovation from the crowd. Demonstrating their support for physical therapy research in Texas, UTEP DPT students overall have given over $11,000 since the first DPT cohort (Class of 2012) began these fundraising efforts. The UTEP DPT Program is the largest TPTF contributor among all DPT programs in Texas.

UTEP DPT Program students and faculty, along with other Texas Physical Therapy Association members, pose with the check presented by the DPT Class of 2016 to the Texas Physical Therapy Foundation to support physical therapy research in Texas.

Congratulations to the DPT Class of 2016!

The DPT Class of 2016 held their White Coat and Pinning Ceremony on October 21, 2015. This marked their transition from the classroom to their first full-time clinical experience.

Congratulations to Class of 2015 DPT student Lam Le!

La Le was accepted into the Institute for Athletic Regeneration, a sports & orthopedic manual physical therapy fellowship in Houston Texas. He will join their Class of 2018. This is an important next step on his ultimate goal of becoming a Fellow in Manual Therapy (FAAOMPT). We are very excited for Lam, and thank him for being a role model for all of our students.


CONGRATULATIONS to DPT Class of 2015 student Paul Estrada for being selected for the 2015 Rex Nutt Award by the Texas Physical Therapy Association.

Paul Estrada
The Rex Nutt Award recognizes an “outstanding student physical therapist…who has exhibited excellence in both leadership and clinical skills”. We are proud of you Paul!

Congratulations to DPT Class of 2016 student Kiersten Garrand and DPT Class of 2017 student Liliana Jimenez!

Kiersten Garrand and Lily Jimenez presented their research poster entitled “Evidence for Disability Competence Relevant to Physical Therapy” at the Texas Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference in Arlington, Texas on October 23, 2015, and at the Global Health Reception (at the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting in Anaheim, California) on February 19, 2016. Additionally they completed a platform presentation at the International Sun Conference on Teaching and Learning in El Paso, Texas on March 17, 2016.

Congratulations to UTEP Doctor of Physical Therapy Class of 2012 Graduates
Dr Katherine Carson, Dr Marcos Lopez, and Dr Francisco (Pancho) Melendez!

Each has earned certification as an Orthopaedics Clinical Specialist (OCS) after passing a rigorous national examination. This is an outstanding accomplishment for each of them, and we applaud them for serving as role models for our current students.


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.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.