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Brooks College of Health Graduate Admission & Degree Requirements

School of Nursing

Department of Public Health

Department of Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences

Department of Nutrition

School of Nursing

Clinical Nurse Specialist (MSN)

The purpose of the M.S.N Clinical Nurse Specialist- Adult Gerontology (C.N.S) and Clinical Nurse Specialist- Women's and Children Health (C.N.S) prepare nurses to develop a concentrated area of knowledge and to teach in nursing and health profession programs, in healthcare institutions and agencies, and in the community. The program offers courses that provide for a solid foundation in teaching and learning. Specialty concentrations that we currently offer for this degree include Adult Gerontology, as well as Women's and Children's Health. The School of Nursing offers full- and part-time enrollment options for these CNS tracks.

Admission Requirements  

 Applicants to the CNS track must meet general University requirements for admission to graduate studies. In order to be considered for the CNS 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
    • 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
    • Applicants may submit a MAT score of 410 in lieu of a GRE
     
  • Two years' experience as a Registered Nurse in a clinical setting (resume 1-2 pages in length that includes professional work experience with a brief explanation of each position’s responsibilities);
  • Written statement of academic and professional goals, which clearly indicates the specialty sought (typewritten in no smaller than 12pt font with 1” margins, not to exceed 3 pages);
  • 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 reference, one professional and one academic, which address clinical skills and academic abilities;
  • An interview may be requested of the applicant at the discretion of the program. 

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Nurse Anesthetist (MSN)

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 seven 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. Last admitted cohort is Fall 2014.  

Admission Requirements  

Applicants to the MSN 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 one (1) year experience as a Registered Nurse in an acute 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, not to exceed 3 pages) 
  • 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 
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to render an opinion regarding your qualification to undertake the study of anesthesia and nursing at the graduate level

Applicants who have met the minimum admission requirements may be invited for an interview. Applicants will not be admitted without an interview.  *RNs who have a baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than nursing may also be eligible for admission through the MSN Bridge option. For these students the bridge courses are integrated into the Nurse Anesthetist Program curriculum, thus not lengthening the program of study. As an alternative, bridge courses may be taken prior to admission to the program and prior to beginning Nurse Anesthetist courses. (Copied from webpage).

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BSN-DNP Nurse Anesthetist

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. First cohort will be admitted Spring 2015.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the BSN-DNP CRNA track 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 one (1) year experience as a Registered Nurse in an acute 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, not to exceed 3 pages) 
  • 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 
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to render an opinion regarding your qualification to undertake the study of anesthesia and nursing at the graduate level

Applicants who have met the minimum admission requirements may be invited for an interview. Applicants will not be admitted without an interview. 

*RNs who have a baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than nursing may also be eligible for admission through the MSN Bridge option. For these students the bridge courses are integrated into the Nurse Anesthetist Program curriculum, thus not lengthening the program of study. As an alternative, bridge courses may be taken prior to admission to the program and prior to beginning Nurse Anesthetist courses. (copied from webpage)

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BSN-DNP Family Nurse Practitioner

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.

** Those who already hold MSN degrees should go to the post-MSN DNP and/or FNP Certificate webpages if interested in becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner.

The School of Nursing offers full- and part-time enrollment in this track. Please note that tbe Program of Study presented below is for the Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner track, which no longer offers admission. This will appear until June 2014. For the upcoming BSN-DNP FNP curriculum, which will admit for Fall 2014. 

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
    • 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
    • Applicants may submit a MAT score of 410 in lieu of a GRE
     
  • Two years' experience as a Registered Nurse in a clinical setting (resume 1-2 pages in length that includes professional work experience with a brief explanation of each position’s responsibilities) 
  • Written statement of academic and professional goals (typewritten in no smaller than 12pt font with 1” margins, not to exceed 3 pages) 
  • 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, one professional and one academic, which address clinical skills and academic abilities
  • An interview may be requested of the applicant at the discretion of the program 

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Post MSN Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)  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 and on-campus formats.

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 DNP track include:

Masters degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution and program accredited by the NLNAC or CCNE
National certification in one of the following APRN roles: 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, one professional and one academic, which address clinical skills and academic ability.  

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Post Graduate Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

The Post Graduate Family Nurse Practitioner Certificiate is for individuals who currently have a master’s degree in nursing and who want to obtain a certificate that will allow them to take the national certification examinations as a family nurse practitioner in order to practice in that capacity.  In addition, individuals who are nationally certified as ANP, PNP, GNP, CNM, and WHNP may apply for this certificate program. Past education and current advanced practice experience will be considered when determining program requirements. Admission to this program is offered on a space-available basis.  (copied from webpage) 

Admission Requirements 
Applicants to the FNP Certificate program must meet general University requirements for admission to graduate studies. In order to be considered for the track, the interested applicant must meet these additional requirements: 

  • Graduate degree in Nursing from a nationally accredited program 
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale in the Masters program 
  • Two years' experience as a Registered Nurse in a clinical setting (resume 1-2 pages in length that includes professional work experience with a brief explanation of each position’s responsibilities) 
  • Written statement of academic and professional goals (typewritten in no smaller than 12pt font with 1” margins, not to exceed 3 pages) 
  • Current licensure as a Registered Nurse in the state of 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 within the past 10 years
  • Two (2) letters of reference, one clinical and one academic, which address clinical skills and academic abilities
  • An interview may be requested of the applicant at the discretion of the program (copied from webpage)

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Department of Public Health 

Master of Health Administration

UNF's Health Administration Program, accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Management (CAME), is designed to prepare students for careers in management and leadership in health services organizations. This 54-credit-hour program includes a combination of class room instruction and practical, real world experience; providing students with knowledge and skills essential for entry-level management roles or for advancement in established health care careers. To accommodate students' schedule, all the courses are offered in the evenings from 6:00-8:45pm. Graduates are typically employed in hospitals, doctors' offices, nursing care facilities, home health care services, 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 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 using the MHA Recommendation for Graduate Study form.    
  • Undergraduate Transcripts: An official transcript, indicating graduation from a regionally accredited college or university in this country or a recognized university abroad, is required. Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average in all undergraduate upper division work.  
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score of at least 1000 or a minimum verbal score of 146 and a minimum 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 or for applicants with more than ten years of increasingly responsible positions in the healthcare industry).

    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: Students 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.
  •  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: Students 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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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. 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 the health promotion and education concentration area. 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). This certification is only available to graduates of CEPH accredited programs. 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).

Admissions Process 

 MPH Program admissions are handled by the UNF Graduate School (http://www.unf.edu/admissions/applynow/). The UNF MPH Program only considers applications for new students 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 M.P.H. Program are listed below. Each student shall:

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent from a foreign institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study 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.
  • Official transcripts from all attended institutions.
  • GRE test scores: Prior to July 1, 2011:  1000 combined verbal and quantitative scores with no lower than 400 on either section; After July 1, 2011:153 verbal and 144 quantitative.
  • Letter of intent describing: 
    • reasons for seeking an MPH degree
    • short and long-term goals
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendations

Applicants not meeting the GRE or 3.0 minimum requirement may contact the Master of Public Health Program Director (Dr. Moore, mmoore@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 Health (Specialization in Geriatric Management)  

The mission of the University of North Florida's Aging Services Management Program is to prepare graduates for entry and mid-level administrative and management positions in organizations providing health and social services to the aging population. This program combines classroom theory, scholarly research, and community-based activity to establish a foundation for lifelong learning while contributing to the well-being of Northeast Florida's senior population.

Admission Criteria

All applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. No specific undergraduate major is required. One prerequisite course is required: Principles of Financial Accounting (ACG2021). 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 Aging Services Management.     
  •  Resume: Education and work background; honors; memberships in professional, school, and service organizations; etc.  
  • Undergraduate Transcripts: An official transcript, indicating graduation from a regionally accredited college or university in this country or a recognized university abroad, is required.   
  • GPA and GRE Scores: Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average in all undergraduate upper division work, and a minimum of 146 on the verbal and 147 on the quantitative sections of the current   GRE. Combined verbal and quantitative scores from GRE’s taken prior to fall 2011 must be a minimum of 850.   

Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program is designed to provide comprehensive training for the preparation of professional clinical counselors in a variety of mental health settings. Curricular experiences encompass opportunities to explore the life-span, social, and cultural foundations of behavior; practice psychotherapeutic and diagnostic skills; and complete extensive 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 licensure as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) 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 is preferable. ETS conversion scores are used. See ETS website for the new GRE Concordance Table for verbal and quantitative conversion scores. Recent applicants had average GRE scores of 1066.
  • Letter of Intent: Your responses should be typewritten, double spaced,12-point font, and should not exceed 5 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 letters of reference are required. It is preferable to have at least one letter from a current or previous professor. Other letters 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 MSH in ESCD is a graduate that degree integrates advanced training in exercise science and epidemiology. The field of Exercise Epidemiology examines the relationship(s) between physical activity, sedentary behavior and fitness level with chronic diseases ubiquitous in today’s society. Students pursuing the MSH in ESCD are required to take seven exercise science and epidemiology core courses for a total of 24 credit hours. The remaining credits will be satisfied with nine credits of elective course work and either a six credit internship/project or thesis. Students must declare a thesis or non-thesis option upon acceptance into the program. The MSH in ESCD requires the completion of 39 graduate credit hours dependent upon the student’s elective focus and can be completed in two years.

 Admission Criteria

UNF admits 15-20 students into the program each fall semester. To be considered for admission, students must apply to the program by June 1st (postmark) of the year for which they wish to be admitted. Prior to enrolling in MSH courses, students must fulfill the following:

  • 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 may be admitted contingent upon successful completion of the bachelors’ degree prior to enrolling in graduate courses.
  • Completion of all prerequisite courses. Applicants who apply while still enrolled in prerequisite courses may 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. Students with a GPA below 3.0 may be admitted if they meet a higher GRE criterion.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the past five years:
    •  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.
    • 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.
        Interview with MSH faculty. A phone interview is available for applicants with extenuating circumstances. Applicants may take HSC4612 (offered in fall semester only) and HSC3500 (offered every semester) at UNF as a post-baccalaureate student. PET4550 (offered in spring semester only) is open to post-baccalaureate students on space available basis. Contact Brooks College of Health advising office at (904) 620-2812 regarding the post-baccalaureate application process. The three upper level courses are also offered at other Florida State Universities.
  • 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.  

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;
  • Five (5) of the eight (8) courses comprising the science GPA must be completed at the time of deadline;
  • 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 recommend.  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 if selected for interview. However, letters of verification are not required.  Do not submit these to UNF as you apply; instead, you will discuss these in person at the interview if you are selected for one.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation are required and must be supplied on organizational letterhead to the UNF Graduate School.  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.  These will not be accepted by the program through PTCAS. 
  • 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 designed for those students who wish to emphasize the application of advanced nutrition knowledge in clinical or community based health programs. Fifteen students are admitted each fall to this 4-semester, full-time program. Students must complete both the Master’s Degree and Dietetic  Internship experience in order to receive a verification statement and sit for the National Registration Examination. There are three options to this 43- semester hour program: Thesis option, Non-Thesis option, or Clinical Practicum (Internship) option. 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 (formerly known as the American Dietetic Association): 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, Phone: 312-899-0040 ext. 5400.

Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics/Thesis and Non-Thesis Options
The Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics/Thesis or Non-Thesis options are for Registered Dietitians who wish to pursue graduate training with an emphasis in clinical or community dietetics. The coursework for all these programs is delivered using an accelerated distance learning format. These M.S./Nutrition thesis or non-thesis options allow students to pursue an independent research project as a culminating experience in their master’s program or 12 pre-approved credits through a series of project, field experience, and independent study courses, respectively. 

To view admission and degree requirements for the MS thesis and non-thesis programs click here 

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