Admissions Information - Doctor of Physical Therapy 

 

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Admission Requirements

Below you will find the basic requirements for admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of North Florida. Please note that satisfaction of the below factors does not guarantee an interview or admission to the program as the application process is highly competitive.  Applicants to the UNF DPT Program must have: 

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. 
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  •  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.
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  • 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.
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    • Online courses are NOT accepted for the following prerequisites: anatomy courses, physiology courses, physics courses, or chemistry courses. Hybrid courses are only accepted for the prerequisite courses listed above if the lab component is delivered in a face-to-face format (submission of course description/syllabi may be required to verify course delivery mode)
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  • Six (6) of the eight (8) courses comprising the science GPA must be completed at the time of deadline (courses in progress are not considered completed). 
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  • Two (2) of the three (3) required courses comprising the non-science GPA must be completed at the time of deadline (courses in progress are not considered completed). 
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    •  Applicants are allowed to have up to two science pre-requisite courses and one non-science pre-requisite course either in progress or scheduled to be completed prior to entering the program, if admitted.   
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  • All prerequisites must be completed prior to entering the program, if admitted.
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  • Applicants who apply while still enrolled or plan to enroll in prerequisite courses may be admitted contingent upon successful completion of all courses with a grade of B or higher in each course (a grade of a B- is not acceptable)
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  • GRE revised General Test scores, including the analytical writing portion, are required.  To be competitive, a verbal score of at least 152 and a quantitative score of 152 are recommended. In addition, the analytical writing score must be at least 3.5 to be considered for admission.
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    • Applicants with an analytical writing score below a 3.5 will be disqualified.
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  • It is required that a minimum of 80 hours of observation under the direct supervision of physical therapists in a variety of settings be completed before the application deadline.  Verification documentation should be submitted directly to PTCAS.  Do not submit these letters to the UNF Graduate School as you apply. Verification documentation not in PTCAS will not be considered.  
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  • Two letters of recommendation are encouraged and should be submitted through the PTCAS evaluation system. As the letters of recommendation are not a required part of the application, applications without letters of recommendation will not be penalized; however, they also will not receive additional weight based on the receipt of letters. 
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    • Please direct all references to the PTCAS portal to submit letters and evaluations. The evaluation should be completed fully and the letter of recommendation from your references should be submitted in the comment section of the evaluation form in PTCAS. 
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    • If candidates choose to have letters submitted, it is recommended that the letters 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.   Letters submitted to the UNF Graduate School will not be considered. Please direct all references to the PTCAS portal to submit letters and evaluations. If candidate choose to request references to submit letters of recommendation, we encourage that:
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      • At least one (1) be from a course instructor or academic advisor
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      • At least one (1) from a licensed physical therapist. 
      
  • Applicants are required to have the 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.
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  • A personal interview will be required for the top competitive candidates. Interviews will be in person, at the UNF campus. Skype and/or telephone interviews will not be available. Please see the Important Dates page for interview date information. Competitiveness is expected to vary from year-to-year.
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How to Apply

 

To be considered for Fall 2018 admission, students must submit all application materials following the below steps by November 1, 2017 (received by) without exception. We are not responsible for processing times so please plan accordingly. 

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 require the revised version of the exam

  5. Complete the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) application and application fee at www.ptcas.org. 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.
    1. Applicants who do not complete both UNF Graduate School and PTCAS applications will be disqualified. You are required to submit all transcripts to BOTH locations as the systems are completely separate. 
     

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 www.ptcas.org.

 

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

Official transcripts sent to PTAdmissions@unf.edu will not be reviewed.