Doctor of Physical Therapy

Graduate Program Director & Advising Coordinator
Beth Dibble
Assistant Director for Admissions
ptadmissions@unf.edu
Dr. Paul Mettler
Graduate Program Director
p.mettler@unf.edu
(904) 620-5758
Building 39, Room 2025A
ADMISSIONS
Application InformationApplications are accepted for fall term matriculation only.
Application DeadlinesFall Term . . . . . . . . December 1

Admits during fall term only.
Admission Requirements

University requirements:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent from a foreign institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study.

Additional program requirements:

  1. Official transcripts from all attended institutions
  2. GRE scores within the past five years (Institutional Code: 5490)
    • Prior to July 1, 2011:     Scores no longer acceptable. Applicants will be required to take the new GRE version.

    • After July 1, 2011:         149 verbal, 146 quantitative, and a 3.5 analytical writing

  3. Two letters of recommendation

    • Must be on organizational letterhead

    • One letter must be from a course instructor or academic advisor.

    • One letter must be from a licensed physical therapist. 

* A personal interview will be required for the top competitive candidates. Applicants will be contacted by the DPT program directly if selected for the interview process.

 

Students should be aware that admission into any graduate program is granted on a competitive basis. Students meeting minimum requirements may be denied admission based on such factors as program capacity or academic discretion. Likewise, students may be considered for admission as an exception if stated admissions criteria are not met.

 

 

For more information on how to apply click here.

Additional requirements for International applicants can be found here.

THE PROGRAM
Program Overview

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 34 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).

Special Notes about the Program

The following science prerequisite coursework must be completed within seven (7) years prior to entering the program with a 3.0 GPA or higher in all prerequisite coursework:

  • 8 semester hours:     Biology 1 & 2 w/ labs
  • 8 semester hours:     Anatomy & Physiology 1 & 2 w/ labs 
  • 8 semester hours:     Chemistry 1 & 2 w/ labs
  • 8 semester hours:     Physics 1 & 2 w/ labs (algebra-based)
  • 3 semester hours:     Statistics

Five (5) of the eight (8) courses must be completed at the time of application.

 

Additionally, the program requires a 3.0 or higher in the following non-science prerequisite courses:

  • 3 semester hours:  Introductory Psychology
  • 3 semester hours:  Additional Psychology

While not required, 3 semester hours of Medical Terminology is recommended.

 

Applicants are required to complete the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) application in addition to the UNF application.

 

The DPT program has a higher tuition rate than other UNF graduate programs.

INFORMATION
AccreditationCAPTE -- Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
Curriculum & RequirementsCurriculum
Program PoliciesPhysical Therapy Student Handbook
Total Program
Credit Hours
102
Average Length
of the Program
Three years
Approximate Enrollment30 per cohort
Community ConnectionsClinical internships with over 30 regional hospitals and medical centers; hospital-based internships in pediatric vestibular research and in shoulder disorder research (Mayo, Nemours, and Brooks Rehab); post-professional residencies in orthopedic and neurological physical therapy; contracts with many outpatient private practices.
Career PossibilitiesCareer Possibilities