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Admissions Information - Doctor of Physical Therapy

 The following are exceptions to admission requirements due to COVID-19 for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle. 

 

  • Online Courses/Labs: If your lab course was transitioned to an online format, during the Spring, Summer and/or Fall 2020 semesters, we will accept the coursework toward prerequisites without in person lab work. If, however, your Fall courses offer a hybrid option whereby the lab portion is in person, that is the preferred method of instruction. 
  • Pass/Fail coursework: We are encouraging all prospective applicants to opt for the letter grade option if that is available. Prerequisites for the DPT program taken as pass/fail during the Spring and/or Summer 2020 semesters will be accepted and will not negatively impact admissions decisions for prospective students. 
  • Observation Hours: Our program is waiving requirements for the minimum number of observation hours.  
  • GRE Testing: We will accept the new at-home GRE testing being offered by ETS for this admissions cycle only. 

Again, these exceptions are only for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle. Please check back for future updates for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle. 

  

Prospective applicants are encouraged to review the important dates page for the program, as well as the FAQs page linked on the left-side menu. 

For specific information about admissions statistics, you can look at the program Fast Facts. For additional application information please see our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Admission Requirements

Below you will find the basic requirements for admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of North Florida. Please note that satisfaction of the below factors does not guarantee an interview or admission to the program as the application process is highly competitive. Applicants to the UNF DPT Program must have:

  • A baccalaureate degree in any discipline from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • 3.0 GPA or higher in all work attempted as an upper-level student, normally the 60 semester hours taken during the last two years of undergraduate study, plus science prerequisite GPA and non-science prerequisite GPAs each of no less than 3.0. Please note that all attempts at a prerequisite course will be averaged together when calculating the prerequisite GPA score.
  • Completion of all science and math prerequisite coursework within 7 years prior to application.
    • Online courses are NOT accepted for the following prerequisites: anatomy courses, biology courses, physiology courses, physics courses, or chemistry courses.
    • Hybrid courses are only accepted for the prerequisite courses listed above if the lab component is delivered in a face-to-face format (submission of course description/syllabi is required to verify course delivery mode).
     
  • Six (6) of the eight (8) courses comprising the science GPA must be completed at the time of deadline (courses in progress are not considered completed).
  • Two (2) of the three (3) required courses comprising the non-science GPA must be completed at the time of deadline (courses in progress are not considered completed).
  • All prerequisites must be completed and final transcripts received prior to entering the program, if admitted.
  • Applicants who apply while still enrolled or plan to enroll in prerequisite courses may be admitted contingent upon successful completion of all courses with a grade of B or higher in each course (a grade of a B- is not acceptable).
  • GRE test scores within 5 years, including the analytical writing portion, are required.
    • Applicants with an analytical writing score below a 3.5 will be disqualified. The minimum acceptable score is a 3.5.
    • Competitive Verbal and Quantitative scores are generally in the 152 range. There is no minimum for these sections.
     
  • It is required that a minimum of 80 hours of observation under the direct supervision of physical therapists, in at least three types of settings, be completed before the application deadline. Verification documentation should be submitted directly to PTCAS. Do not submit these letters to the UNF Graduate School as you apply.
  • Two letters of recommendation are required using the PTCAS recommendation forms and should be submitted through the PTCAS evaluation system.                
  • To be relevant to the application process, the recommendation letters should come from the following individuals: 
    • At least one (1) from a course instructor/professor/assistant professor/associate professor/professor in your major, and identify the associated course you took. It is preferred the letter come from your instructor in one of the following courses: Anatomy & Physiology, Biology, Chemistry, or Physics.
    • At least one (1) from a licensed Physical Therapist with whom you did Observation Hours. 
     
                Letters submitted to the UNF Graduate School will not be considered.
  • Applicants are required to have the 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.
  • An interview may be required for competitive candidates. Candidates selected for an interview will be assigned by the admissions chair.

Prerequisite Courses

The requirements listed below are prerequisites for the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT). The course numbers listed under each requirement are course numbers from the University of North Florida. Any substitutions to these requirements are made at the time of evaluation for admission into the DPT program. We only accept AP credits for first level science prerequisite courses. Introduction courses are not accepted in place of Chemistry I, Biology I, or Physics I.

Science Prerequisite Courses (32 credits):

  • CHM 2045/2045L General Chemistry I with Lab (4 credits)
  • CHM 2046/2046L General Chemistry II with Lab (4 credits)
  • PHY 2053/2053L Algebra-based Physics I with Lab (4 credits)
  • PHY 2054/2054L Algebra-based Physics II with Lab (4 credits)
  • BSC 2085C Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab (4 credits)
  • BSC 2086C Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab (4 credits)
    • We will accept Anatomy with Lab (4 credits) along with Physiology with Lab (4 credits) as a substitution for the Anatomy & Physiology courses.
     
  • BSC 1010C General Biology I with Lab (4 credits)
  • BSC1011C General Biology II with Lab (4 credits)

Non-Science Prerequisite Courses (9-12 credits):

  • PSY 2012 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • DEP 3054 Lifespan Development Psychology or CLP4143 Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
  • STA 2014 Elementary Statistics (3 credits)
  • HSC 3537 Medical Terminology (3 credits) (optional, but encouraged)

How to Apply

To be considered for admission, students must submit all application materials following the below steps by the application deadline (received by) listed on the Important Dates page. We are not responsible for processing times so please plan accordingly.

Applicants should follow each of the steps below. Please note there are TWO required applications, each requiring all documentation to be sent separately.

  • Complete the UNF online application for graduate admission;
  • Pay the UNF $30 application fee;

  • 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:

    1. University of North Florida, Attn: Graduate School, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224;

    2. Please contact the Graduate School directly for questions about the UNF application process - GraduateSchool@unf.edu

     
  • Submit official GRE scores to the Graduate School (institution code is 5490); scores are only kept by ETS for a 5-year period.

    • 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.

     
  • Complete the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) application and submit application fee at www.ptcas.org. Submit all necessary items (in addition to the items submitted to the Graduate School) directly to PTCAS.
    • Materials submitted to PTCAS may be confirmed online at ptcas.org. 
     
  • PTCAS material checklist:

    • All transcripts

    • 2 letters of recommendation

    • Completed PTCAS application

    • Observation hours

    • GRE scores (if you are applying to a school that requires them sent directly to PTCAS; UNF requires they are sent directly to UNF)

     

Applicants who do not complete both UNF Graduate School and PTCAS applications will be disqualified.

You are required to submit all transcripts to BOTH the UNF Graduate School and PTCAS.

Do not submit any materials directly to the Physical Therapy program unless specifically directed to do so. Official transcripts sent to PTAdmissions@unf.edu will not be reviewed. For additional information please see our Frequently Asked Questions About PT page.