Admissions Information 

Doctor of Physical Therapy


Prospective applicants are encouraged to review important dates for the program, as well as the FAQs page linked on the left-side menu and the DPT Fast Facts.  Additionally, we offer an annual open house each fall.  Registration for the Fall 2015 open house is now closed.  


Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university;
  • 3.0 GPA or higher in all work attempted as an upper-level student, normally the 60 semester hours taken during the last two years of undergraduate study, plus science prerequisite GPA and non-science prerequisite GPAs each of no less than 3.0
  • Completion of all science and math prerequisite coursework within 7 years prior to application, to include:  8 semester hours Biology 1 & Biology 2 with labs, 8 semester hours A&P 1 & 2 with labs, 8 semester hours General Chemistry 1 & 2 with labs, 8 semester hours Algebra-based Physics 1 & 2 with labs, and 3 semester hours of Statistics;
  • Five (5) of the eight (8) courses comprising the science GPA must be completed at the time of deadline (i.e., through the fall term in which the application deadline falls);
  • All prerequisites must be completed prior to entering the program, if admitted.
  • Applicants who apply while still enrolled in prerequisite courses may be admitted contingent upon successful completion of all courses with a grade of B or higher in each course.
  • GRE revised General Test scores, including the analytical writing portion, are required.  To be competitive, a verbal score of at least 149 and a quantitative score of 146 are recommended.  In addition, the analytical writing score must be at least 3.5 to be considered for admission.
  • It is recommended that 80 hours of observation under the direct supervision of physical therapists in a variety of settings be completed before application.  However, letters of verification are not required.  Do not submit these letters to UNF as you apply; instead, you will be asked to discuss these experiences in person if you are selected for an interview. 
  • Letters of recommendation are required.  These must be supplied to the UNF Graduate School on organizational letterhead and will not be accepted through PTCAS.  It is required that one (1) be from a course instructor or academic advisor and the other from a licensed physical therapist.  Please do not exceed the requested letter amount.  The letters should speak to the applicant's potential for success in graduate school and in the field of Physical Therapy to be relevant to the application process.
  • Ability to perform, with or without reasonable accommodations, each of the physical therapy essential functions in order to fully participate in the program and successfully complete the degree requirements.
  • A personal interview will be required for the top competitive candidates.  Competitiveness is expected to vary from year-to-year.

*Satisfaction of the above factors does not guarantee an interview or admission to the program as the application process is highly competitive.


How to Apply

To be considered for Fall 2017 admission, students must submit all application materials following the below steps by November 15, 2016 (received by) without exception.

Applicants should follow each of the steps below:

  1. Complete the UNF online application for graduate admission;
  2. Pay the UNF $30 application fee;

  3. Submit hardcopy, official, sealed transcripts from all institutions at which you were ever enrolled (this includes AP, CLEP, IB, dual enrollment, transient enrollment, military, and foreign transcripts) to the Graduate School at the following address: University of North Florida, Attn: Graduate School, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224;

  4. Submit official GRE scores to the Graduate School (institution code is 5490); scores are only kept by ETS for a 5-year period and we now required the revised version of the exam;

  5. Submit the two (2) required letters of recommendation to the Graduate School at the provided address in hardcopy or as .pdf files if uploaded electronically.  Word files are not acceptable; and,
  6. Complete the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) application and application fee at Submit all necessary items (separate from the ones submitted to the Graduate School) directly to PTCAS as outlined by their policies. Allow 4-6 weeks for processing.

The receipt of materials submitted to the UNF Graduate School may be confirmed online in the myWings student portal or with the Graduate School at (904) 620-1360. Materials submitted to PTCAS may be confirmed online at


Do not submit any materials directly to the Physical Therapy program
unless specifically directed to do so