The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) is a post-baccalaureate entry-level degree conferred upon successful completion of an entry-level professional education program. The DPT is a professional clinical doctorate that prepares the graduate to practice physical therapy.
Students will be enrolled full-time and will complete the coursework as a cohort. The three-year program will give students in depth knowledge of the basic and clinical sciences relevant to physical therapy and prepare students to understand, correlate, and apply theoretical foundations of knowledge to the practice of physical therapy. Students will engage in reflective practice through sound clinical decision making, critical self-assessment necessary for lifelong learning and will master entry level professional clinical skills. In addition to the academic coursework, students will participate in full-time clinical internships during the second and third years of the program, for a total of 32 full-time weeks and 16 part-time weeks. Students in the DPT program at UNF will have the opportunity to gain first hand experience and be fully prepared for their careers in the field of physical therapy.
In Florida, persons are eligible to take the physical therapy licensure examination if they have received a degree in physical therapy from an institution that has been approved by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).