Yes; the DPT program is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) through 2023.
The University of North Florida (UNF) is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of North Florida. Individual contact to the Commission on Colleges about the University of North Florida accreditation status should occur only if there is evidence that appears to support significant noncompliance with a requirement or standard.
The DPT program admits a cohort of approximately 30 students each fall semester, which normally begins in late August. The application window is generally July - mid-November in PTCAS, with the UNF Graduate School application opening the last week in August and closing mid-November. Candidates, however, are responsible for consulting the Important Dates section for the annual deadline. The deadline is a receive-by deadline and late items will not be considered.
No one undergraduate major is preferred for candidates entering the DPT. We are proud of the diverse backgrounds that our students possess. The most important factors are that the institution awarding the baccalaureate degree holds regional accreditation status at the time of attendance and that the prerequisite GPAs and GRE scores meet the minimum posted requirements. Note that meeting the minimum requirements does not ensure admission or even an interview; this is a competitive application process.
Unfortunately, transfer work from another DPT program is not accepted by the UNF program. New applicants and DPT transfers are considered for admission based on the same criteria.
Interested individuals will need to follow all of the application steps provided on the DPT admissions page. Note that one of the requirements includes applying through PTCAS. UNF is the primary application; PTCAS is the supplemental application. Ensure that both are fully completed by the application deadline to avoid disqualification.
PTCAS will notify the DPT program as to which applicants are in what stage of processing on the PTCAS end of things. However, they do not actually send the program or the UNF Graduate School GRE scores, LORs, observation hour documentation, or transcripts.
Candidates must supply transcripts to both organizations on their own. Applicants who fail to submit all of their official transcripts to both PTCAS and the UNF Graduate School will have their applications cancelled. Official GRE scores are due to the UNF Graduate School, too, but candidates should check directly with PTCAS to see if GRE scores are a mandatory item for their application process. Additionally, the required letters of recommendation (LORs) should be submitted to PTCAS. Candidates should also submit Observation Hours in PTCAS.
As long as your non-science prerequisite GPA and science prerequisite GPA are each at least 3.00, then you are welcome to apply. Please note that all attempts on a course (passed or failed) will be averaged to calculate the prerequisite GPA scores. Those with less than a 3.00 in either of the prerequisite GPA categories at the time of final consideration for interview selection will be denied.
Those admitted to the Fall 2020 cohort averaged 3.67 in their science prerequisites and 3.91 in their non-science prerequisites. Their average rGRE scores were 152 V, 152 Q, and 4.0 A.
Due to resource limitations, only the transcripts of those who actually make application with the university will be reviewed. If a candidate has a question on one or two courses then those may be directed to email@example.com.
Yes, there are twelve (12) prerequisites to the DPT program, which are denoted in PTCAS and on the program webpage. Applicants must have had all prerequisites within the past seven (7) years, without exception. For Fall 2020 applicants, (students start /cohort Fall 2021) nothing older than Spring 2013. Anything older that that time must be retaken.
No; feel free to apply before you complete all of the prerequisites. You may be considered for acceptance with a few courses left in progress at the time of decision. At the time of the application deadline, however, at least six (6) of the eight (8) science prerequisite courses must be completed. Courses in progress do not count as completed. Admission would be contingent upon successful completion of outstanding requirements with a B or better in each course.
Yes; candidates are permitted to complete the necessary prerequisites at any accredited institution. Note that not all institutions will permit re-enrollment in courses previously passed with a 'C' or higher. Check with the institution of your choice in advance and plan accordingly.
Yes; though the courses that will suffice are limited. UNF's DPT program will honor Microbiology with lab and Genetics with lab. Note that for candidates with Biology II and another appropriate Biology course, individuals should request for the best grade completed to be considered. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions regarding the acceptability of any other courses.
Acceptable courses include DEP 3054 Lifespan Developmental Psychology or CLP 4143 Psychology of Abnormal Behavior. Candidates with other coursework may email email@example.com to inquire about acceptance. Be prepared to submit the course description and syllabus. Note: Sociology and Anthropology courses are not sufficient.
Yes; however, applicants lacking rGRE scores will not be forwarded to the DPT program by the Graduate School until all documents are received in and processed by the Graduate School. Candidates who wish to improve upon previous GRE scores are encouraged to submit original scores to the Graduate School and submit written notice to the firstname.lastname@example.org once updated scores are filed with the university. Exam results for additional attempts must be submitted to the Graduate School for processing by the deadline to be considered.
Late scores will not be considered. Please plan your test date accordingly.
Following the testing policies of ETS, candidates may submit multiple sets of scores for consideration. All attempts, however, MUST be on file by the actual application deadline and reported officially by the test agency. This means that applicants must plan their testing appointments in accordance with our application deadline. Note that the minimum acceptable analytical (essay) score is 3.5 without exception.
Those who retake the exam after submitting their initial applications should confirm with the DPT Admissions Office at email@example.com the attempt that they desired to be considered. Scores are only entered on the applicant tracking spreadsheet one time upon initial review. The office will not know that new scores exist without word from the candidate.
UNF does not SuperScore GRE tests. UNF will take the highest score achieved on any one exam. UNF cannot take section scores from multiple exams.
The only acceptable scores at UNF for the GRE are those that are officially reported via the testing company. Scores are not accepted from self-reports, college transcripts, etc. If a candidate has an open set of scores at home (now considered unofficial because they were opened) then those may be supplied temporarily, but official scores are MANDATORY by the application deadline. The program now requires the revised GRE examination to include the analytical writing portion. Extensions will not be granted. Plan accordingly please.
Candidates are encouraged to read the requirements for GRE score submission to PTCAS online at www.ptcas.org.
ETS, which manages the GRE, only archives scores for five (5) years. If you are unable to obtain an official report of scores, then you must take the exam and submit new scores by the application deadline. The ONLY exception is if you previously submitted official, appropriate scores to UNF and they are still on file and not from the old GRE format. Consult the firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
A personal interview may be requested for competitive candidates.
Recommendation letters are required by the deadline and must be submitted to PTCAS. It is required that one (1) come from a licensed Physical Therapist with whom you did Observation Hours. The other letter must come from an instructor/professor/assistant professor/associate professor/professor in your major, and identify the associated course you took with that instructor. It is preferred the letter come from your instructor in one of the following courses? Anatomy & Physiology, Biology, Chemistry, or Physics.
Observation hours are required to be documented to the program through PTCAS. The 80 minimum observation hours come from the direct supervision of physical therapists in multiple facilities; ideally, three (3). Hours must be completed before the application deadline.
We are looking to see you have the observed a minimum of three of the following disciplines: General Orthopedics (musculoskeletal); Neurologic (neuromuscular); Cardiovascular/Pulmonary; Integumentary (wound management); Geriatrics; Pediatrics; Sports; Aquatics; Women's Health; or Other Diagnoses.
Yes. You must submit 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
If you do not submit your transcripts to the UNF Graduate School your application will be cancelled.
As long as your observation time was supervised by a licensed physical therapist, you may document hours earned during employment &/or internships.
Applicants should check their myWings portal to verify the receipt of their application, application fee, transcripts, and GRE scores. If you have specific questions pertaining to this portion of the application, please email email@example.com.PTCAS should also include a method of checking the status of your received items in their system (transcripts, LORs, Observation Hours).
Application deadline for entry term Fall 2021 is Monday, November 16, 2020, 11:59pm EST. NO EXCEPTIONS. Candidates will receive official notification via email to the address listed on their application materials once decisions have been made.
This requirement means that we do not have proof that your bachelor's degree has been earned. In many instances, the requirement will not delay the referral of the application. When all of the required documents (including an incomplete official transcript) are on file, an applicant's file is normally forwarded to the graduate program director for a decision.
The "Proof of Bachelor's Degree" requirement will be added to the admissions checklist for all applicants that are still completing their degree at the time of application. It serves as a placeholder that lets you know we still require proof of your bachelor's degree. If admitted, you will need to send a final and official transcript to the UNF Graduate School once the degree has been earned.
If the final and official transcript showing proof of bachelor's degree is not received after the first term of attendance, a hold preventing future registration will be placed on your student account.
Yes; alternates may be selected and will be contacted should vacancies become available. There is no guarantee that an alternate will be called into the program. Those not admitted may apply for a future term if they desire.
We do not currently engage in the early decision process.
Tuition and fees are available on the tuition and fees web page. They are subject to change each fall.
Residency and tuition waiver questions should be directed to the Graduate School at (904) 620-1360 prior to the start of the program.
General campus tours are available on weekdays, generally twice per day, through the One-Stop Center and Swoop Squad. Contact One Stop at (904) 620-5555 or the Welcome Center for more information.
If you would like a Graduate Student Campus Tour, please visit our Tour Webpage and fill out the informational form. DPT program tours are generally not available during the Fall and Spring due to classroom usage. For more information, you can contact the Graduate School directly at (904) 620-1360.
DPT has scheduled a Virtual Open House Saturday, October 24, 2020 from 9am - Noon. Registration is required, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Questions regarding actual enrollment in the program, and not regarding admission requirements, should be directed to Dr. Sherry Pinkstaff, Interim Program Director, at email@example.com.
Questions regarding admission should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The PT curriculum is rigorous and requires a substantial commitment of student time. Students will need to remain flexible with their time to participate fully in lab sessions, clinicals, and internships. Most students are unable to maintain regular employment while enrolled in the program.
The UNF DPT program exceeds national averages annually with first time and ultimate pass rates. The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) also maintains statistics for each program at www.apta.org.