• Graduate Program
    Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

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

     

    Physical therapists are health 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 Physical Therapy program at the University of North Florida (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 Physical Therapy 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 102 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 PT program 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.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    Graduates of the UNF Physical Therapy program:

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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 health care.
    4. Engage in reflective practice through sound clinical decision-making, critical self-assessment and commitment to lifelong learning.
    5. 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 health care utilization.
    6. Are prepared to influence the development and enactment of ethical, humane health care regulations and policies that are consistent with the needs of the patient and of society.
    7. Demonstrate leadership, management, and interpersonal skills to effectively participate in physical therapy practice and the health care team.
    8. Demonstrate the professional and social skills to adapt to changing health care environments to effectively provide physical therapy care. 

    DPT Outcomes Data

    2011-2013

    Graduation Rate 

    Total Percentage of Students in Graduation Class Who

    Took NPTE Licensure Examination and Passed

    Employment Rate Within 6 Months

    of Licensure

    2011 89.3% 100% 100%
    2012 96.9% 100% 97%
    2013 100%

       100%   

    96%

    Three Year Average

    2011-2013

    95.4% 100% 97.6%

     

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