Dr. Paul Mettler
Graduate Program Director
Fall Term . . . . . . . . November 15
Admits during fall term only.
Additional program requirements:
Two letters of recommendation
Must be on organizational letterhead
One letter must be from a course instructor or academic advisor
One letter must be from a licensed physical therapist
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* A personal interview will be required for the top competitive candidates. Applicants will be contacted by the DPT program directly if selected for the interview process.
* Applicants are required to complete the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) application in addition to the UNF application.
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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Additional requirements for International applicants can be found here.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) is a post-baccalaureate entry-level degree conferred upon successful completion of an entry-level professional education program. The DPT is a professional clinical doctorate that prepares the graduate to practice physical therapy.
Students will be enrolled full-time and will complete the coursework as a cohort. The three-year program will give students in depth knowledge of the basic and clinical sciences relevant to physical therapy and prepare students to understand, correlate, and apply theoretical foundations of knowledge to the practice of physical therapy. Students will engage in reflective practice through sound clinical decision making, critical self-assessment necessary for lifelong learning and will master entry level professional clinical skills. In addition to the academic coursework, students will participate in full-time clinical internships during the second and third years of the program, for a total of 34 weeks. Students in the DPT program at UNF will have the opportunity to gain first hand experience and be fully prepared for their careers in the field of physical therapy.
In Florida, persons are eligible to take the physical therapy licensure examination if they have received a degree in physical therapy from an institution that has been approved by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
The following science prerequisite coursework must be completed within seven (7) years prior to entering the program with a 3.0 GPA or higher in all prerequisite coursework:
Five (5) of the eight (8) courses must be completed at the time of application.
Additionally, the program requires a 3.0 or higher in the following non-science prerequisite courses:
While not required, 3 semester hours of Medical Terminology is recommended.
Applicants are required to complete the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) application in addition to the UNF application.
The DPT program has a higher tuition rate than other UNF graduate programs.
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