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Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

The Department of Clinical & Applied Movement Sciences (CAMS) at the Brooks College of Health (BCH) offers one doctoral graduate degree, the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT).


Physical therapists are healthcare professionals who work with individuals in preventing, evaluating, and treating physical dysfunction and injury. An understanding of human movement serves as the foundation for the practice of physical therapy.


The DPT program at UNF provides graduates with the knowledge and skills to become generalist practitioners of the highest caliber. Physical therapists are graduates of an accredited physical therapy program who have passed a licensure examination. UNF's DPT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), and graduates are eligible to take the national licensure examination. The professional curriculum, all of which takes place at the doctoral level, consists of approximately 104 credit hours taken over eight semesters. Applicants must comply with all requirements and procedures of the University of North Florida related to admission to graduate level programs.


The number of students admitted each year will be determined by the Brooks College of Health in consultation with DPT faculty and with consideration given to the resources available to the program, the quality and size of the applicant pool, and current market conditions. Students who meet minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to the program. Normally, 30 students will be admitted to the program each year for the fall semester.


The Doctor of Physical Therapy includes internship and practicum components, so it is important to determine State Authorization of Distance Education and if you will be able to do an internship in other states, if desired.

Please see the UNF State Authorization Status website for more information and updates. State Authorization of Distance Education is a complex and dynamic environment.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the UNF Physical Therapy Program:

  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the basic and clinical sciences relevant to physical therapy, both in fundamental context and in application to the discipline of physical therapy.
  • Understand, correlate, and apply theoretical foundations of knowledge to the practice of physical therapy, evaluate and clarify new or evolving theory relevant to physical therapy.
  • Demonstrate the behaviors of the scholarly clinician by developing and utilizing the process of critical thinking and inquiry, particularly focused on the improvement of the practice of physical therapy and the delivery of healthcare.
  • Engage in reflective practice through sound clinical decision-making, critical self-assessment, and commitment to lifelong learning.
  • Demonstrate mastery of entry-level professional clinical skills. Provision of these services is based on the best available evidence and includes physical therapy examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention, prevention activities, wellness initiatives, and appropriate healthcare utilization.
  • Are prepared to influence the development and enactment of ethical, humane healthcare regulations and policies that are consistent with the needs of the patient and society.
  • Demonstrate leadership, management, and interpersonal skills to effectively participate in physical therapy practice and the healthcare team.
  • Demonstrate the professional and social skills to adapt to changing healthcare environments to effectively provide physical therapy care.

DPT Outcomes Data 2017-2019

Year Graduation Rate NPTE Pass Rate/First Time NPTE Pass Rate/Ultimate Employment Rate
2017 96.6% 96.4% 100% 98%
2018 87.5% 93.1% 100% 100%
2019 100% 100% 100% N/A
Three Year Average 2017-2019 94.7% 96.6% 100% 99% (2017-2018)

Physical Therapy (Doctor of Physical Therapy)

Program Description for Physical Therapy

Major: Physical Therapy Degree: Doctor of Physical Therapy


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.

  • 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)
  • 8 semester hours of General Chemistry
  • PHY 2053/2053L Algebra-based Physics I with Lab (4 credits)
  • PHY 2054/2054L Algebra-based Physics II with Lab (4 credits)
  • 8 semester hours of Algebra-Based Physics
  • BSC 2085C Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab (4 credits)
  • BSC 2086C Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab (4 credits)
  • 8 semester hours of Anatomy and Physiology
  • BSC 1010C General Biology I with Lab (4 credits)
  • BSC 1011C General Biology II with Lab (4 credits)
  • 8 semester hours of General Biology
  • Non-Science Prerequisite Courses (9-12 credits):
  • PSY 2012 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • 3 semester hours of Introduction to Psychology
  • DEP 3054 Lifespan Development Psychology or CLP4143 Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
  • 3 semester hours of Additional Psychology
  • STA 2014 Elementary Statistics (3 credits)
  • 3 semester hours of Elementary Statistics
  • HSC 3537 Medical Terminology (3 credits)
  • 3 semester hours of Medical Terminology (optional, but encouraged)

1st Semester (15 credits)

PHT6110C Gross Anatomy for PT (6 Credits)

PHT5005 Fndn Prof Prac and Clin Ed (3 Credits)

PHT5257C Clinical Skills (3 Credits)

PHT6153C Human Physiology (3 Credits)

2nd Semester (16 credits)

PHT6267C Examination and Intervention (5 Credits)

PHT6161C Clin Neuroanat/Phy (4 Credits)

PHT5806 Clinical Practicum (1 Credit)

PHT6606C Fdn of EBP (3 Credits)

PHT6126C Kinesiology (3 Credits)

PHT6910 Independent Study - Research (1 Credit)

Elective - the course can be completed up to 3 times any time after the 1st semester of the DPT program.

3rd Semester (8 credits)

PHT6218C Therapeutic Modalities (3 Credits)

PHT7551 Leadership in Physical Therapy (3 Credits)

PHT6070 Imaging in Rehabilitation (2 Credits)

4th Semester (16 credits)

PHT6318C Ortho I: Extremities (4 Credits)

PHT6191C Motor Control (3 Credits)

PHT6314C Neurology I: Path,Exam and Int (4 Credits)

PHT6306 Pathology-Pharmacology (5 Credits)

5th Semester (14 credits)

PHT7385C Exercise Physio Cardio PT (4 Credits)

PHT7183C Ortho II:Spine and Occ Health (4 Credits)

PHT7315C Neurology II:Adv Exam and Inte (4 Credits)

PHT6607C Clinical Inquiry II (2 Credits)

6th Semester (10 credits)

PHT6941C DPT 2A Clinical (5 Credits)

PHT6942C DPT 2B Clinical (5 Credits)

7th Semester (15 credits)

Take PHT7617c - Clincial Inquiry III if selecting the research track.

PHT7009C Differential Diagnosis (4 Credits)

PHT7741C Spinal Cord Inj and Prosthetic (3 Credits)

PHT7328C Lifespan: Pediatrics (3 Credits)

PHT7374C Lifespan Geriatrics (3 Credits)

PHT7936 Advanced Seminar (2 Credits)

PHT7930 Special Topics in PT (1-5 Credits)

8th Semester (10 credits)

PHT7943C DPT 3A Clinical (5 Credits)

PHT7944C DPT 3B Clinical (5 Credits)