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Brooks College of Health Graduate Admission & Degree Requirements

School of Nursing

Department of Health Administration

Department of Public Health

Department of Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences

Department of Nutrition

School of Nursing

BSN to DNP Nurse Anesthetist (DNP)

Nurse Anesthetist is a clinical specialty track within the School of Nursing. The nurse anesthetist curriculum is an extremely rigorous academic and clinical undertaking. It consists of a nine-semester continuous program of full-time graduate study. Graduates are eligible to take the National Certification Examination to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (C.R.N.A.) as well as to obtain the Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (in nurse anesthesia) credential from the Florida Board of Nursing. This program admits for the spring term.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the program must meet general University requirements for admission to graduate studies. In order to be considered for the Nurse Anesthetist track, the interested applicant must meet these additional requirements:
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from a regionally accredited institution with a nursing curriculum based on AACN's Essentials of Baccalaureate Education (or other appropriate discipline from a regionally accredited institution*) 
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from undergraduate nursing major (generally the last 60 hours) 
  • GRE test scores within the last five (5) years
    • Prior to July 1, 2011: combined 1000 on verbal and quantitative portions, plus at least 3 out of 6 on the essay portion 
    • After July 1, 2011: 153 verbal, 144 quantitative, and a minimum of 3.5 out of 6 on the essay portion                  
     
  •  A minimum of two (2) year experience as a Registered Nurse in an critical care setting (resume or CV 1-2 pages in length that includes professional work experience with a brief explanation of each position’s responsibilities)  
  • Personal statement of 500 words or less describing one's purpose in seeking admission to the CRNA program and preparations made for such academic studies (typewritten in no smaller than 12pt font with 1” margins) 
  • Current licensure as a Registered Nurse; out-of-state applicants will need to obtain FL licensure as a RN upon admission to the program (copy of actual RN license) 
  • Successful completion of undergraduate Health Assessment, Statistics, and Research courses with a grade of "B" or better in each 
  •  Two (2) letters of recommendation addressed to the NAP Selection Committee (but submitted to the Graduate School) from individuals qualified to render an opinion regarding your qualification to undertake the study of anesthesia and nursing at the graduate level
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BSN-DNP Family Nurse Practitioner (DNP) 

 

The purpose of the BSN-DNP Family Nurse program is to prepare family care nurse practitioners to become skilled in meeting healthcare needs of individuals and families across the life span. Family nurse practitioners concern their practice with the treatment of common, uncomplicated problems and the prevention of disease and disability. Program graduates will be eligible to take the Family Nurse Practitioner certification examinations. Graduates will also be eligible for licensure as Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners by the Florida Board of Nursing.

The School of Nursing offers full- and part-time enrollment in this track. The Program-of-Study reflects the full-time option; please contact the program for information regarding the part-time track.

Admission Requirements

 Applicants to the BSN-DNP FNP track must meet general University requirements for admission to graduate studies. In order to be considered for the Family Nurse Practitioner track, the interested applicant must meet these additional requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from a regionally accredited institution with a nursing curriculum based on AACN's Essentials of Baccalaureate Education
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from undergraduate nursing major (generally the last 60 hours)
  • GRE test scores within the last five (5) years
    • GRE: 153 Verbal, 144 Quantitative, & at least 3.5 out of 6.0 Analytical, or
    • MAT: 410
    • Applicants with a previous graduate-level degree from a regionally accredited institution will not be required to submit any test scores for admission consideration.
     
  • One (1) year experience as a Registered Nurse in a clinical setting (resume no longer than 2 pages in length to only include professional RN work experience with a brief explanation of each position's responsibilities, indication if the position was FT or PT, & an estimate of the hours worked overall in the position). 
  • Letter of Intent regarding academic and professional goals (typewritten, not to exceed 1 page; must indicate if full- or part-time enrollment is desired.
  • Clear and active licensure as a Registered Nurse in Florida; out-of-state applicants will need to obtain FL licensure as a RN upon admission to the program (copy of actual RN license) 
  • Successful completion of undergraduate Health Assessment, Statistics, and Research courses with a grade of "B" or better in each
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation addressed to the FNP Director (but submitted to the Graduate School; one professional and one academic), which address clinical skills & academic abilities
  •  DNP Enrollment Selection Form
  • An interview may be requested of the applicant at the discretion of the program

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Post-MSN Doctor of Nursing Practice (Generic) 

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)  generic track is a post-professional degree that prepares nurses at the highest level of practice. The 48-credit program includes a clinical residency as well as a nursing doctoral project. The purpose of the program is to enhance the preparation of advanced practice nurses by giving them the cutting-edge skills and education necessary to engage in an evidence-based practice while conducting research related to their practice. The program has specific admission requirements above and beyond the ones currently required by the university.

Admission Requirements

The post-MSN Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of North Florida is designed as a program for those who already possess, at a minimum, a Master of Science in Nursing and specialty certification. This program is offered in online format.

The program will require specific admission requirements above and beyond the ones currently required by the University. Admission requirements for the Post-MSN DNP track include:

  • Masters degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution and program accredited by the ACEN (formally NLNAC) or CCNE
  • National certification in one of the following APRN roles: NE-BC, NEA-BC, CNE, CNM, CNS, CRNA, or NP (copy of certificate required);
  • Minimum graduate GPA of 3.30;
  • Current licensure as a Registered Nurse or advanced practice registered nurse in the candidate's state of practice (copy of actual licensure is required);
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae; and
  • Two (2) letters of reference addressed to the DNP Director (but submitted to the Graduate School; preferably one professional and one academic), which address clinical skills and academic ability; and, 
  • DNP Enrollment Selection Form

Post-MSN Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

The post-MSN Doctor of Nursing Practice PMHNP program at the University of North Florida is designed as a program for those who already possess, at a minimum, a Master of Science in Nursing and are certified as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse who wish to obtain their DNP and become certified as a PMHNP. This program will lead to the completion of a Doctor of Nursing Science. The program requires 53 credits and 630 clinical hours. This program can be completed online.

Admission Requirements

The program will require specific admission requirements above and beyond the ones currently required by the University. Admission requirements for the Post-MSN PMHNP DNP track include:

  • Masters degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution and program accredited by the CCNE or ACEN (formerly NLNAC); 
  • Active national certification as a nurse practitioner (copy of actual certification is required); 
  • Minimum graduate GPA of 3.30; 
  • Current licensure as a Registered Nurse or advanced practice registered nurse in the candidate's state of practice (copy of actual licensure is required); 
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae; and, 
  • Two (2) letters of reference addressed to the DNP Director (but submitted to the Graduate School; preferably one professional and one academic), which address clinical skills and academic ability; and, 
  • DNP Enrollment Selection Form

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Department of Health Administration

Master of Health Administration

UNF's Health Administration Program, accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Management (CAME), is designed to prepare individuals in the Southeastern United States to serve as effective administrators, managers, and leaders in the wide variety of organizations and agencies that make up the health services field. Our 54-credit-hour program includes a combination of class room instruction and real world experience; providing students the opportunity to learn and interact with some of the nation's largest health care organizations. To accommodate student schedules, courses are offered in the evenings from 6:00-8:45pm. Graduates are typically employed in hospitals, large integrated delivery systems, academic medical centers, physician practices, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient care centers, and insurance companies.      

Admission Criteria

All applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. No specific undergraduate major is required. However, applicants must have met prerequisite course requirements. Prerequisite coursework includes: Principles of Financial Accounting and Statistics. Additionally, students are expected to be proficient in word processing and spreadsheet applications.

Each applicant must submit the following:  

  • Personal Statement: This is a brief essay (2-3 pages) outlining one's reasons for pursuing graduate education in health administration, career objectives, and any other information he or she would want the UNF MHA Admission Committee to know.   
  • Resume: Education and work background; honors; memberships in professional, school, and service organizations; etc.  
  • Letters of recommendation: Two letters of recommendation that address the following: 1) Characteristics that make you an ideal candidate for the UNF MHA Program, and 2) How the MHA degree will help you achieve your career goals.     
  • Undergraduate Transcripts: An official transcript, indicating graduation from a college or university that has been accredited by a recognized U.S. accrediting organization. Competitive candidates should have at least a 3.0 grade point average in all undergraduate upper division work. However, the Admission Committee may consider the entire application for admission.   
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): Competitive candidates will have a verbal GRE score of 146 and a quantitative score of 148 on the new GRE point scale; or a minimum 20 verbal and 22 quantitative score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and a desired minimum total GMAT score of 500. GRE /GMAT scores may be waived for applicants holding a professional doctoral degree (e.g., M.D., J.D., D.D.S) from a U.S. accredited school. 
  • Minimum TOEFL Score: Applicants from countries where English is not the official language, or for an applicant whose bachelor’s degree is not from an accredited U.S. institution must meet University requirements for scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum TOEFL score of 500 paper-based (61 internet-based) is required.
  • Admission decisions are made based on evaluation of all admission materials. Applicants are judged primarily by a critical evaluation of their demonstrated academic ability and potential. Consideration is given to health care experience, motivation, and leadership potential. 

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Department of Public Health

Master of Public Health Program

The  MPH Program is the most widely recognized professional credential for leadership positions in public health. This degree is appropriate for those who wish to pursue careers in developing, planning, managing, or evaluating health promotion and disease prevention programs, or in conducting public health related research or epidemiology. The UNF MPH Program prepares students with a broad understanding of the core areas of public health combined with a focus on competencies specific to one of two concentrations: health promotion/health education and epidemiology. MPH graduates will be able to integrate and apply their knowledge to address public health problems, and will possess skills and competencies necessary for public health practice in a wide range of public and private institutions. Graduates are typically employed in governmental or non-profit health agencies, health care facilities, work site wellness programs or school settings. 

The UNF MPH Program is nationally accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Graduates are eligible to become Certified in Public Health (CPH) by passing the CPH exam offered by the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE).  Graduates are also eligible to become a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) by passing the exam offered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC).

The UNF MPH Program courses are offered in a mixed-delivery (sometimes referred to as "hybrid") format. Each course is offered in one of three ways:  1) face-to-face; 2) distance learning (DL); or 3) hybrid.  Face-to-face courses meet on UNF campus, typically one night per week, 6:00-8:45pm. DL courses are offered online.  Hybrid courses are a combination of the first two methods, with no more than half of classes meeting face-to-face.  This format makes the UNF MPH Program very accessible to those working full time while still providing meaningful interaction with faculty and peers. Students can complete the program in two years if enrolled full-time, or three years if enrolled part-time. Students meet on campus one to two nights per week on average.  The Program admits one cohort of students each fall semester.   

Admissions Process 

MPH Program admissions are handled by the UNF Graduate School (http://www.unf.edu/graduateschool/). The UNF MPH Program only accepts applications for the fall term of each year.  The following information must be submitted to the UNF Graduate School by the published deadline.     

Admission Criteria

Minimum admissions requirements for the MPH Program are listed below. Each student shall submit:

  • Official transcripts from all attended institutions documenting a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent from a foreign institution with a GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale or higher on all work attempted as an upper division undergraduate student (normally the last 60 hours) and any graduate level work or degree.
  • GRE test scores (verbal and quantitative) dated within the past five years. Other standardized exams will not be accepted in lieu of the GRE.
  • Letter of intent describing: 
    • reasons for seeking an MPH degree
    • short and long-term goals
  •  Resume
  •  Two letters of recommendations

Applicants not meeting the 3.0 minimum GPA requirements may contact the Master of Public Health Program Director (Dr. Barr, ebarr@unf.edu ) for additional admission criteria options.

NOTE:  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. 

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Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program is designed to provide comprehensive training for individuals who wish to facilitate counseling with diverse populations in a variety of mental health settings. This program provides students with an intellectually stimulating and supportive environment, which encompasses academic rigor and promotes excellence, ethical and professional integrity, and effective interpersonal communication and therapeutic skills. Curricular experiences include opportunities to explore the life span and social and cultural foundations of behavior; practice empirically supported psychotherapeutic and diagnostic skills; engage in personal growth and self-care; and complete extensive clinical field experiences in order to apply knowledge and skills in professional settings. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates have received the necessary course work to apply for the Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) credential in the state of Florida. 

Admission Criteria

All applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. No specific undergraduate major is required.
Each applicant must submit the following:    

  • Graduate student application (available at www.unf.edu/graduatestudies) and appropriate application fee.    
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended. A GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale or higher on all work attempted as an upper division undergraduate student (normally the last 60 hours) and any graduate level work or degree is required. Admission into the CMHC program is competitive and often exceeds the minimum GPA requirement.
  • Applicants are required to take the GRE (Graduate Record Examination); a competitive GRE score (300 and above- combined verbal and quantitative) is preferable. 
  • Letter of Intent: Your responses should be typewritten, double spaced,12-point font, and should not exceed 3 pages: (1) What motivates you to pursue a degree in clinical mental health counseling? (2) Describe your work and/or volunteer experiences in a helping role (3) What are your short-term and long-term educational, research, and professional goals? 
  • Resume: Your professional resume should summarize your education, employment, and volunteer work history related to mental health counseling, research activities, and any counseling-related presentations, or poster sessions you have facilitated at professional conferences.  
  • Three references are required.  References consist of completion of a required brief applicant rating form with the option of submitting a letter. It is preferable to have at least one reference from a current or previous professor. Other references can be from counseling professionals, employers, supervisors, or an individual who can recommend your suitability for graduate study and for the profession of clinical mental health counseling.    

**An interview is also required. On-site interviews are preferred; however, telephone interviews may be conducted for applicants living outside of the greater Jacksonville area.  

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Department of Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences

Masters of Science in Health: Exercise Science and Chronic Disease

The Master of Science in Health (MSH) in Exercise Science and Chronic Disease (ESCD) is a life sciences degree that integrates an evidenced-based curriculum in an applied research environment. Students pursuing the MSH in ESCD are required to take nine core exercise science, epidemiology, and biostatistics courses for a total of 30 credit hours. The remaining credits will be will be satisfied with nine credits of elective coursework and either a six credit internship, project, or thesis option. Elective coursework is available in the areas of strength and conditioning, epidemiology, pharmacology, and nutrition. Students must declare a thesis or non-thesis option upon acceptance in to the program. The MSH in ESCD requires the completion of 45 graduate credit hours and should be completed in two years.

The MSH in ESCD curriculum will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to work and provide leadership in the areas of health and fitness, preventive medicine, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, diabetes education, strength and conditioning, lifestyle coaching, and clinical research. Thesis option students will begin preparation towards becoming independent investigators by developing the skills necessary to conduct original research. Thesis option students may be exposed to both primary data collection (human subjects) and secondary data analysis (existing data sets). Students planning on pursuing a thesis and terminal degree (e.g., Ph.D., M.D.) are strongly encouraged to pursue elective coursework in chronic disease and nutrition epidemiology. Thesis option students will be accepted each fall on a competitive basis and contingent upon graduate assistantship funding. Students are encouraged to sit for the national certifications offered by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). The internship option culminates in a 300-hour experiential internship working under the direct supervision of a graduate degreed professional in the field of Exercise Science, Epidemiology, Public Health, or Medicine.

Admission Criteria

UNF admits 15-20 students into the MSH in ESCD program each fall semester. To be considered for admission, students must apply to the program by July 15th (postmark) of the year for which they wish to be admitted. Prior to enrolling in MSH courses, students must have the following credentials:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university recognized by the University of North Florida. The MSH program does not require a specific undergraduate major. Applicants who apply while still enrolled in an undergraduate degree program will be admitted contingent upon successful completion of the bachelors’ degree and prerequisite coursework prior to enrolling in graduate courses. 
  • Completion of all prerequisite courses. Applicants who apply while still enrolled in prerequisite courses will be admitted contingent upon successful completion of all courses. 
  • Cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher in the last 60 semester hours taken during the last two years of undergraduate study.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the past five years: 
    • o If a GPA from the last two years of undergraduate study (60 semester hours) is above 3.0, a minimum combined score of 290 on the new GRE (146 or higher on the verbal and 144 or higher on the quantitative) or a minimum combined score of 900 on the previous GRE (400 or higher on the verbal and 500 or higher on the quantitative) is required. A GRE writing score of 3.5 is required.
    • o If a GPA from the last two years of undergraduate study (60 semester hours) is below 3.0, a minimum combined score of 295 on the new GRE (148 or higher on the verbal and 147 or higher on the quantitative) or a minimum combined score of 990 on the previous GRE (420 or higher on the verbal and 570 or higher on the quantitative) is required. A GRE writing score of 3.5 is required. 
     
  • Interview with MSH Program Director. Telephone or Skype interviews are options for applicants who are not able to come to the UNF campus; however, visiting the campus for an in-person interview is encouraged.  

Master of Science in Athletic Training

The Department of Clinical & Applied Movement Sciences (CAMS) offers a Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT). This degree program offers a challenging pathway for post-baccalaureate students to pursue a career in the prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries and conditions among patients and athletes. The MSAT program will prepare students for the Board of Certification Examination to become a Certified Athletic Trainer. The UNF MSAT program provides students the opportunity to gain valuable clinical experience in a variety of settings, including secondary school, college/university, professional, clinic, and industrial. 

Admission Criteria 
Students with a bachelor's degree in any academic area and meet the admission requirements below may be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT). Admitted students will begin classes during the Summer B semester.
The admissions requirements are as follows:
  1. A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university. 
  2. A minimum of a 3.0 overall GPA in undergraduate coursework. Students must complete all prerequisite courses prior to successfully matriculating through the MSAT. Failure to submit final transcripts by June 30th will result in dismissal from the MSAT.
  3. GRE required with preferred scores above the 50th percentile in the verbal, quantitative, and analytical areas. GRE Institution Code: 5490
  4. Meet the technical standards for admission (Technical Standards Form).
  5. 50 hours of observational experience under the supervision of a Certified Athletic Trainer (UNF Athletic Training Observation Form). 
  6. Three (3) letters of recommendation. One letter of recommendation must be from an Athletic Trainer who supervised you during your observational experience.
  7. Personal statement describing prior experiences, accomplishments, and career goals.
  8. Interview (on campus preferred) with the UNF Athletic Training Faculty and Preceptors 
 
Prerequisite Courses (35 semester credit hours)
The requirements listed below are prerequisites for the MSAT. Course numbers listed below are for courses in the Florida State University System. Any substitutions to these requirements are made at the time of evaluation for admission into the MSAT program. Applicants must demonstrate completion with a minimum grade of “C” at the undergraduate or graduate levels in each of the following courses:
  • CHM 2045/2045L General Chemistry I with Lab 
  • PHY 2053/2053L Algebra-based Physics I with Lab 
  • BSC 2085C Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab 
  • BSC 2086C Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab 
  • BSC 1010C General Biology I with Lab 
  • PSY 2012 Introduction to Psychology
  • PET 3312C Biomechanics or PET 3310 Kinesiology 
  • HSC4612 Exercise Physiology for Health Science 
  • HUN2201 Basic Prin Human Nutrition 
  • STA2023 (GM) Elem Statistics-Business   
How to Apply
Applicants should follow each of the steps below:
  1. Application submitted through ATCAS ($85 for first application, $45 for each additional program). 
  2. Application and admission to UNF ($30 Non-refundable application fee). Complete the UNF online application for graduate school admission; 
  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 require the revised version of the exam.

*Applicants who do not complete both UNF Graduate School and ATCAS 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. 

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Doctor of Physical Therapy

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) is a fully accredited, post-baccalaureate entry-level degree that prepares the graduate to practice physical therapy. The 102-hour program is designed to give students in-depth knowledge of basic and clinical sciences relevant to physical therapy. Full-time internships in the second and third years (totaling 34 weeks) allow students to apply this knowledge as they engage in reflective practice through sound clinical decision making under the direction of expert clinicians. Graduates are eligible to take the physical therapy licensure examination following successful completion of the program. Students applying to the physical therapy program must have earned a baccalaureate degree prior to admission. While the student can select an undergraduate major of personal interest, specific course prerequisites are required of all students. Information regarding the physical therapy program and deadlines for admission are available from the Department of Clinical & Applied Movement Sciences.

Admission Requirements

  •  A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university; 
  • 3.0 GPA or higher in all undergraduate coursework attempted, plus science prerequisite GPA and non-science prerequisite GPAs each of no less than 3.0; 
  • Completion of all science 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 Chemistry 1 & 2 with labs, 8 semester hours Algebra-based Physics 1 & 2 with labs, and 3 semester hours of Statistics; 
  • All laboratory portions of courses must be taken in person, not online. We will accept hybrid science courses as long as the lab was taken in a face to face format. Applicants will be asked to provide a course syllabus for verification purposes.
  • We will accept AP scores for the following courses: Statistics, General Psychology, Biology I with lab, Physics I with lab, Chemistry I with lab. All other courses must be completed at a regionally accredited college or university. 
  • Six (6) of the eight (8) courses comprising the science GPA must be completed at the time of deadline; in progress courses do not count as completed. 
  • 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 150 and a quantitative score of 150 are recommend. In addition, the analytical writing score minimum is 3.5 to be considered for admission. Scores below a 3.5 will be disqualified. 
  • It is required that 80 hours of observation under the direct supervision of physical therapists in a variety of settings be completed before admission, if selected for interview. Verification of observation hours will be completed in PTCAS. Do not submit these to UNF as you apply.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation are required and must be supplied on organizational letterhead to PTCAS directly. At least one (1) must be from a course instructor who can speak to the candidate’s potential success in graduate level coursework. At least one (1) must be from a licensed physical therapist who can speak to the candidate’s professional behavior. The third letter may be from either of the first two categories. 
  • 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.
  • Students apply online through the www.unf.edu website. All materials needed for admission must be sent to the Graduate School. If you have any questions about applying, please contact the Graduate School at 904-620-1360.

Admission Criteria

Students apply online through the www.unf.edu website, as well as with PTCAS at www.ptcas.org.  Please consult the official program webpages through www.unf.edu/brooks/movement_science  for additional details about applying.  If you have any questions about applying, please contact ptadmissions@unf.edu.

  • Complete the UNF online application for graduate admission;
  • Pay the UNF $30 application fee
    Submit hardcopy, official, sealed transcripts from all institutions at which you were ever enrolled (this includes AP, CLEP, IB, and military transcripts) to the Graduate School at:
    University of North Florida
    Attn: Graduate School
    1 UNF Drive
    Jacksonville FL 32224 
  • Submit hardcopy, sealed, 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.
  • Complete the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) application and application fee at www.ptcas.org. Submit any observation hours and recommendation forms, as well as GRE scores and all official transcripts (separate from the ones submitted to the Graduate School) directly to PTCAS. Allow 4-6 weeks for processing.

Note: 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.orgDo not submit any materials directly to the Physical Therapy program unless specifically directed to do so.

Department of Nutrition & Dietetics

Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics/Dietetic Internship

The Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics/Dietetic Internship is a face-to-face designed program for those students who can think critically and wish to focus on the application of advanced nutrition knowledge in clinical or community practice. Fifteen students are admitted each fall to this 4-semester, full-time program through the DICAS application system. Students must complete both the Master’s Degree and Dietetic Internship experience simultaneously in order to receive a verification statement and be eligible to take the National Registered Dietitian Examination. The Dietetic Internship at the University of North Florida has been granted Accreditation by: The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Association: 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, Phone: 312-899-0040 ext. 5400. 

Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics/Non-internship Option 

The wholly online Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics/Non-internship options is for Registered Dietitians or graduates of an ACEND accredited baccalaureate (DPD) program in nutrition and dietetics who wish to pursue graduate training. The coursework for all these programs is delivered using an online distance learning format. Students must choose one concentration from Professional Studies in Dietetics, Nutritional Sciences, Global Health, or Healthcare Informatics. This M.S.Nutrition/ Non-internship option allows students to pursue an independent research, thesis and or project as a culminating experience in their master’s program, earn a Global Health certificate, or earn a Healthcare Informatics certificate through a 12-credit certificate program.

To view admission and program of study degree requirements for the MS/Non-internship programs click here

To view graduate application deadlines click here.

Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition 

The Department of Nutrition & Dietetics now offers an online Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition (DCN). The DCN program is an advanced practice doctoral program with emphasis on leadership, advanced evidence-based practice, and outcomes-based research. In contrast to a PhD in Nutrition, which is generally focused on bench research, this degree focuses on practice and emphasizes production of applied scholarship and evidence-based outcomes in practice settings. The DCN will prepare practitioners for leadership roles in clinical, community or higher education settings through the course work, advanced practice residency, and the production of applied scholarship. 

Graduates will gain expertise and skills in leadership and public policy, clinical treatment, cultural competency, critical thinking, and outcomes research to become advanced level nutrition and dietetics practitioners and researchers. The curriculum will integrate evidence-based practice in nutrition and dietetics to provide the foundation for completion of an outcome based research project. The significance of developing an advanced practice Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition is evident from the increasing prevalence of dietary-related chronic diseases (such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, certain cancers, and renal disease). Graduates of the program will be rigorously trained to provide leadership in dietary prevention, intervention, and treatment of chronic disease at the individual and population level.

To view admission and degree requirements for the DCN program click here

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