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  2. Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

    The Department of Clinical & Applied Movement Sciences (CAMS) at the Brooks College of Health (BCH) offers one doctoral graduate degree, the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT).


    Physical therapists are healthcare professionals who work with individuals in preventing, evaluating, and treating physical dysfunction and injury. An understanding of human movement serves as the foundation for the practice of physical therapy.

    The DPT program at UNF provides graduates with the knowledge and skills to become generalist practitioners of the highest caliber. Physical therapists are graduates of an accredited physical therapy program who have passed a licensure examination.  UNF's DPT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), and graduates are eligible to take the national licensure examination.

    The professional curriculum, all of which takes place at the doctoral level, consists of approximately 104 credit hours taken over eight semesters. Applicants must comply with all requirements and procedures of the University of North Florida related to admission to graduate level programs.


    The number of students admitted each year will be determined by the Brooks College of Health in consultation with DPT faculty and with consideration given to the resources available to the program, the quality and size of the applicant pool, and current market conditions. Students who meet minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to the program. Normally, 30 students will be admitted to the program each year for the fall semester.





    The Doctor of Physical Therapy  includes internship and practicum components, so it is important to determine State Authorization of Distance Education and if you will be able to do an internship in other states, if desired. Please see the  UNF State Authorization Status website  for more information and updates. State Authorization of Distance Education is a complex and dynamic environment. Prospective students should check this site often for updates: .       

    Student Learning Outcomes

    Graduates of the UNF Physical Therapy  Program:

    • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the basic and clinical sciences relevant to physical therapy, both in fundamental context and in application to the discipline of physical therapy.
    • Understand, correlate, and apply theoretical foundations of knowledge to the practice of physical therapy, evaluate and clarify new or evolving theory relevant to physical therapy.
    • Demonstrate the behaviors of the scholarly clinician by developing and utilizing the process of critical thinking and inquiry, particularly focused on the improvement of the practice of physical therapy and the delivery of healthcare.
    • Engage in reflective practice through sound clinical decision-making, critical self-assessment, and commitment to lifelong learning.
    • Demonstrate mastery of entry-level professional clinical skills. Provision of these services is based on the best available evidence and includes physical therapy examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention, prevention activities, wellness initiatives, and appropriate healthcare utilization.
    • Are prepared to influence the development and enactment of ethical, humane healthcare regulations and policies that are consistent with the needs of the patient and society.
    • Demonstrate leadership, management, and interpersonal skills to effectively participate in physical therapy practice and the healthcare team.
    • Demonstrate the professional and social skills to adapt to changing healthcare environments to effectively provide physical therapy care.


         DPT Outcomes Data 


        Graduation Rate

        Total Percentage of Students in Graduation Class Who    

        Took NPTE Licensure Examination and Passed

         Employment Rate Within 6 Months 

        of Licensure

        2015 96.67% 100% 96%
        2016 93.33%




        100.00% 100% 98%
        Three Year Average 






        Program of Study  



        Major: Physical Therapy 

        Degree: Doctor of Physical Therapy
        Science Prerequisite Courses (32 credits):  

      1. 8 semester hours of General Chemistry
        • CHM 2045/2045L General Chemistry I with Lab (4 credits)
        • CHM 2046/2046L General Chemistry II with Lab (4 credits)
      2. 8 semester hours of Algebra-Based Physics
        • PHY 2053/2053L Algebra-based Physics I with Lab (4 credits)
        • PHY 2054/2054L Algebra-based Physics II with Lab (4 credits)
      3. 8 semester hours of Anatomy and Physiology
        • BSC 2085C Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab (4 credits)
        • BSC 2086C Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab (4 credits)
      4. 8 semester hours of General Biology
        • BSC 1010C General Biology I with Lab (4 credits)
        • BSC1011C General Biology II with Lab (4 credits)

      Non-Science Prerequisite Courses (9 - 12 credits):


      • 3 semester hours of Introduction to Psychology
        • PSY 2012 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
      • 3 semester hours of Additional Psychology
        • DEP 3054 Lifespan Development Psychology or CLP4143 Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
      • 3 semester hours of Elementary Statistics
        • STA 2014 Elementary Statistics (3 credits)
      • 3 semester hours of Medical Terminology (optional, but encouraged)
        • HSC 3537 Medical Terminology (3 credits)