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Brooks College of Health Graduate Admission & Degree Requirements

School of Nursing

Department of Health Administration

Department of Public Health

Department of Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences

Department of Physical Therapy

Department of Nutrition

School of Nursing

BSN to DNP Anesthesiology Nursing (DNP)

Nurse Anesthesiology is a clinical specialty track within the School of Nursing. The nurse anesthesiology 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 Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) credential from the Florida Board of Nursing. This program admits for the spring term.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the program must meet general University requirements for admission to graduate studies. In order to be considered for the Anesthesiology Nursing 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
    • 153 verbal, 144 quantitative, and a minimum of 3.5 out of 6 on the essay portion       
     
  •  A minimum of two (2) years experience as a Registered Nurse in a critical 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 (1 page only) 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) 
  • Current licensure as a Registered Nurse; out-of-state applicants will need to obtain FL licensure as a RN or have a license that is from a compact state upon admission to the program (copy of actual RN license) 
  •  Two (2) letters of recommendation addressed to the NAP Selection Committee (but submitted to the Graduate School) from individuals qualified to render an opinion regarding your qualification to undertake the study of anesthesia and nursing at the graduate level
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BSN-DNP Family Nurse Practitioner (DNP) 

 

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.

The School of Nursing offers full- and part-time enrollment in this track. The Program-of-Study reflects the full-time option; please contact the program for information regarding the part-time track.

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)    
  • One (1) year experience as a Registered Nurse in a clinical setting (resume no longer than 2 pages in length to only include professional RN work experience with a brief explanation of each position's responsibilities, indication if the position was FT or PT, & an estimate of the hours worked overall in the position). 
  • Clear and active licensure as a Registered Nurse in Florida; out-of-state applicants will need to obtain FL licensure as a RN upon admission to the program (copy of actual RN license) 
  • An interview may be requested of the applicant at the discretion of the program

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BSN to MSN Nursing Education   

The purpose of this Master of Science in Nursing Education is to prepare nurses at the graduate level for the role of nurse educator in the academic or clinical setting. This program will provide learners with the teaching and research skills necessary to effectively lead students, clinical staff, and patients in various settings. The curriculum integrates core graduate level concepts such as patient safety and research with advanced clinical concepts and evidence-based pedagogy to prepare nurses for roles in education within the community, college settings or healthcare agencies. The program curriculum includes all nurse educator competencies to prepare students to obtain Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) credentials upon graduation (must meet NLN eligibility criteria). 

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the BSN-MSN Nursing Education track must meet general University requirements for admission to graduate studies. In order to be considered for the Nursing Education 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) 
  • One (1) years' experience as a Registered Nurse in a clinical setting (resume no longer than 2 pages in length to only include professional RN work experience with a brief explanation of each position's responsibilities, indication if the position was FT or PT, & an estimate of the hours worked overall in that position)
  • Clear and active licensure as a Registered Nurse in FL; out-of-state applicants will need to obtain FL licensure as a RN upon admission to the program (copy of actual RN license required)
  • An interview may be requested of the applicant  at the discretion of the program

For assistance with self-uploads of materials, please contact the UNF Graduate School at (904) 620-1360. 

BSN to MSN Nursing Leadership and Administration

The purpose of this Master of Science in Nursing Leadership and Administration is to prepare nurses at the graduate level to successfully manage and lead healthcare services across a variety of settings. Graduates will be equipped with the skills to incorporate evidence-based knowledge into practice to improve healthcare outcomes in response to emerging trends and issues in practice and health care. The curriculum builds on leadership, evaluation, and organizational management methods to improve healthcare delivery in today’s complex care settings. Graduates are prepared with the requisite knowledge to take the ANCC Nurse Executive certification exam upon graduation (must meet ANCC eligibility criteria). 

 

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the BSN-MSN Nursing Leadership & Administration track must meet general University requirements for admission to graduate studies. In order to be considered for the Leadership 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) 
  • One (1) years' experience as a Registered Nurse in a clinical setting (resume no longer than 2 pages in length to only include professional RN work experience with a brief explanation of each position's responsibilities, indication if the position was FT or PT, & an estimate of the hours worked overall in that position)
  • Clear and active licensure as a Registered Nurse in FL; out-of-state applicants will need to obtain FL licensure as a RN upon admission to the program (copy of actual RN license required)
  • An interview may be requested of the applicant  at the discretion of the program

For assistance with self-uploads of materials, please contact the UNF Graduate School at (904) 620-1360.

Post-MSN Doctor of Nursing Practice (Generic) 

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) generic track 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 format.

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 ACEN (formerly NLNAC) or CCNE
  • National certification in one of the following APRN roles: NE-BC, NEA-BC, 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 of all nursing roles/experiences

Post-MSN Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner DNP

The post-MSN Doctor of Nursing Practice PMHNP DNP 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 are certified as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) who wish to obtain their DNP and become certified as a PMHNP. This program will lead to the completion of a Doctor of Nursing Practice. The program requires 61 credits and 750 clinical hours. This program is completed online.

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 PMHNP DNP track include:

  • Masters degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution and program accredited by the CCNE or ACEN (formerly NLNAC); 
  • Active national certification as a nurse practitioner (copy of actual certification is required); 
  • Minimum graduate GPA of 3.30; 
  • Current licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) in the candidate's state of practice (copy of actual licensure is required); 
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae of all nursing roles/experiences

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Department of Health Administration

Master of Health Administration

UNF's Master of Health Administration Program, accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Management (CAME), is designed to prepare individuals in the southeastern United States to serve as effective managers and leaders in health services organizations. Our 45-credit-hour program includes a combination of classroom instruction and real world experience; providing students the opportunity to learn and interact with some of the nation's largest health care organizations. To accommodate student schedules, courses are offered in the evenings from 6:00-8:45pm. Graduates are typically employed in hospitals, large integrated delivery systems, academic medical centers, physician practices, skilled nursing facilities, 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, or their equivalent. 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 the candidate's reasons for pursuing graduate education in health administration, career objectives, and any other information he or she would want the UNF MHA 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 that address the following: 1) Characteristics that make you an ideal candidate for the UNF MHA Program, and 2) How the MHA degree will help you achieve your career goals.     
  • Undergraduate Transcripts: An official transcript, indicating graduation from a college or university that has been accredited by a recognized U.S. accrediting organization. Competitive candidates should have at least a 3.0 grade point average in all undergraduate upper division work. However, the Admission Committee may consider the entire application for admission.   
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): Competitive candidates will have a desired verbal GRE score of 153 and a quantitative score of 144 on the new GRE point scale; the GMAT will be accepted in placed of the GRE with a desired 500 total score. 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 as well as those who earned their undergraduate degree from UNF with a GPA of 3.5 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60 credit hours of their undergraduate study.
  • Minimum TOEFL Score: 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 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 assessed primarily by a critical evaluation of their demonstrated academic ability and potential. Consideration is given to candidates who can effectively communicate their motivation for earning their MHA and their leadership potential in the field of healthcare administration.

Master of Health Administration

UNF's Executive Masters in Health Administration is uniquely designed to focus on the academic and leadership imperatives that enable highly talented mid-career professionals to excel in our rapidly changing health care delivery environment. Our 30 credit-hour program provides contextual and leading-edge concepts to provide you with the critical-thinking skill-sets and necessary competencies to succeed in complex and challenging business situations.

To accommodate the unique needs of working student, our courses are offered online. Graduates are typically employed in hospitals, large integrated delivery systems, academic medical centers, physician practices, skilled nursing facilities, 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.

Each applicant must submit the following:  

  • At least five years of healthcare experience.
  • Currently employed in the health or human services field and have, or expect to have, managerial or supervisory experience.
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Allowances may be made when justified by exceptional work experience and letters of recommendation.
  • Letter of Interest.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation.
 

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Department of Public Health

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 epidemiology; in developing, planning, managing, or evaluating health promotion and disease prevention programs; in conducting public health related research; or advocating for public health policy. The UNF MPH Program is aligned with the Council on Education for Public Health’s (CEPH) 22 Foundational Competencies and offers concentrations in Epidemiology and Social & Behavioral Science. 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, or work site wellness programs.

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).  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).

The MPH Program admits one cohort of students each fall semester. The full- time program can be completed in 2 years and the part time in 3 years (including fall, spring, and summer terms). The program is hybrid and requires approximately 50% face-to-face instruction and 50% online instruction. Students spend approximately 1-2 evenings per week in class. This format makes the Program very accessible to those working full time while still providing meaningful interaction with faculty and peers.

Admissions Process 

MPH Program admissions are handled by the UNF Graduate School (http://www.unf.edu/graduateschool/). The UNF MPH Program only accepts applications 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 MPH Program are listed below. Each student shall submit:

  • Official transcripts from all attended institutions documenting a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent from a foreign institution with 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.
  • GRE test scores (verbal and quantitative) dated within the past five years. Other standardized exams will not be accepted in lieu of the GRE.
  • Letter of intent describing:
    • reasons for seeking an MPH degree;
    • short and long-term goals; and
    • what makes you a great candidate for our program.
     
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendations

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 Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program is designed to provide comprehensive training for individuals who wish to facilitate counseling with diverse populations in a variety of mental health settings. This program provides students with an intellectually stimulating and supportive environment, which encompasses academic rigor and promotes excellence, ethical and professional integrity, and effective interpersonal communication and therapeutic skills. Curricular experiences include opportunities to explore the life span and social and cultural foundations of behavior; practice empirically supported psychotherapeutic and diagnostic skills; engage in personal growth and self-care; and complete extensive clinical 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 the Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) credential 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.
  • Letter of Intent: Your responses should be typewritten, double spaced,12-point font, and should not exceed 3 pages: (1) What motivates you to pursue a degree in clinical mental health counseling at  UNF? (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 references are required.  References consist of completion of a required brief applicant rating form with the option of submitting a letter. It is preferable to have at least one reference from a current or previous professor. Other references 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, video conferencing or telephone interviews may be conducted for applicants living outside of the greater Jacksonville area.

**UNF seniors in psychology, sociology, or public health may be eligible to apply via the Express Application process. This waives one letter of recommendation. Details available on the CMHC webpage.

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Department of Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences 

Masters of Science in Health: Kinesiology and Lifestyle Medicine 

The Master of Science in Health (MSH) in Kinesiology and Lifestyle Medicine (KALM) is a life sciences degree that integrates an evidenced-based curriculum in an applied research environment. Students pursuing the MSH in KALM are required to take 11 core courses in exercise physiology, epidemiology, biostatistics, research methods, and behavioral medicine for a total of 33 credits hours. The remaining credits will be satisfied with either a three or six credit internship/project or six credit thesis option. Elective coursework is available for students who choose the three credit internship/project option in the areas of strength and conditioning, epidemiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, nutrition and ethics. Students must declare a thesis or non-thesis option upon acceptance in to the program. The MSH in KALM requires the completion of 39 graduate credit hours and should be completed in two years.

The MSH in KALM curriculum will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to work and provide leadership in the areas of health and fitness, preventive medicine, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, diabetes education, strength and conditioning, lifestyle coaching, and clinical research. Thesis option students will begin preparation towards becoming independent investigators by developing the skills necessary to conduct original research. Thesis option students may be exposed to both primary data collection (human subjects) and secondary data analysis (existing data sets). Students planning on pursuing a terminal degree (e.g., Ph.D., M.D.) are strongly encouraged to pursue the thesis option. Thesis option students will be accepted each fall on a competitive basis and contingent upon graduate assistantship funding. Students are encouraged to sit for the national certifications offered by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). The internship option culminates in a 150 or 300-hour experiential internship working under the direct supervision of a graduate degreed professional in fields including Exercise Physiology/Kinesiology, Epidemiology, Public Health and Medicine.

Admission Criteria

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

 

  • 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 will be admitted contingent upon successful completion of the bachelors’ degree and prerequisite coursework prior to enrolling in graduate courses. 
  • Completion of all prerequisite courses. Applicants who apply while still enrolled in prerequisite courses will 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.
  • 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 GRE (146 or higher on the verbal and 144 or higher on the quantitative) is required. A GRE writing score of 3.5 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 GRE (148 or higher on the verbal and 147 or higher on the quantitative) is required. A GRE writing score of 3.5 is required. 
  • Interview with MSH Program Director. Telephone or Zoom 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.  

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Master of Science in Athletic Training

The Department of Clinical & Applied Movement Sciences (CAMS) offers a Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT). This degree program offers a challenging pathway for post-baccalaureate students to pursue a career in the prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries and conditions among patients and athletes. The MSAT program will prepare students for the Board of Certification Examination to become a Certified Athletic Trainer. The UNF MSAT program provides students the opportunity to gain valuable clinical experience in a variety of settings, including secondary school, college/university, professional, clinic, and industrial. 

Admission Criteria 
Students with a bachelor's degree in any academic area and meet the admission requirements below may be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT). Admitted students will begin classes during the Summer B semester.
The admissions requirements are as follows:
  1. A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university. 
  2. A minimum of a 3.0 overall GPA in undergraduate coursework. Students must complete all prerequisite courses prior to successfully matriculating through the MSAT. Failure to submit final transcripts by June 30th will result in dismissal from the MSAT.
  3. GRE required with preferred scores above the 50th percentile in the verbal, quantitative, and analytical areas. GRE Institution Code: 5490
  4. Meet the technical standards for admission (Technical Standards Form).
  5. 50 hours of observational experience under the supervision of a Certified Athletic Trainer (UNF Athletic Training Observation Form). 
  6. Three (3) letters of recommendation. One letter of recommendation must be from an Athletic Trainer who supervised you during your observational experience.
  7. Personal statement describing prior experiences, accomplishments, and career goals.
  8. Interview (on campus preferred) with the UNF Athletic Training Faculty and Preceptors 
 
Prerequisite Courses (35 semester credit hours)
The requirements listed below are prerequisites for the MSAT. Course numbers listed below are for courses in the Florida State University System. Any substitutions to these requirements are made at the time of evaluation for admission into the MSAT program. Applicants must demonstrate completion with a minimum grade of “C” at the undergraduate or graduate levels in each of the following courses:
  • CHM 2045/2045L General Chemistry I with Lab 
  • PHY 2053/2053L Algebra-based Physics I with Lab 
  • BSC 2085C Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab 
  • BSC 2086C Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab 
  • BSC 1010C General Biology I with Lab 
  • PSY 2012 Introduction to Psychology
  • PET 3312C Biomechanics or PET 3310 Kinesiology 
  • HSC4612 Exercise Physiology for Health Science 
  • HUN2201 Basic Prin Human Nutrition 
  • STA2023 (GM) Elem Statistics-Business   
How to Apply
Applicants should follow each of the steps below:
  1. Application submitted through ATCAS ($85 for first application, $45 for each additional program). 
  2. Application and admission to UNF ($30 Non-refundable application fee). If you are a current UNF student, you can complete the Express Application
  3. Submit hard copy, 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. Institutions can submit transcripts vial email to the graduate school (graduateschool@unf.edu) from an approved vendor such as ScriptSafe, Credentials, or Parchment.
  4. Submit official GRE scores to the Graduate School (institution code is 5490); scores are only kept by ETS for a 5-year period and we require the revised version of the exam.

*Applicants who do not complete both UNF Graduate School and ATCAS applications will be disqualified. You are required to submit all transcripts to BOTH locations as the systems are completely separate.
*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. 

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Department of Physical Therapy

Doctor of Physical Therapy

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) 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. Clinical education is woven throughout all three years of the program.  These experiences allow students to apply their knowledge in reflective practice under the direction of expert clinicians. Graduates of the DPT program 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 DPT program and deadlines for admission are available from the Department of Clinical & Applied Movement Sciences.

Admission Requirements  

Below you will find the basic requirements for admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (DPT) 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 must adhere to the following requirements:
  • Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Applicants must have a 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. They must also have a 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.
  • Applicants must have completed all science and math prerequisite coursework within 7 years prior to application.
    • Online courses are NOT accepted for the following prerequisites: anatomy, physiology, physics, 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 are still enrolled or who 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).
  • Applicants must have GRE test scores, including the analytical writing portion, that are no more than 5 years old.
    • 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.
     
  • Applicants must have a minimum of 80 hours of observation under the direct supervision of physical therapists, in at least three types of settings. These hours must 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.
  • Applicants must have two (2) letters of recommendation using the required 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) be from a course instructor or academic advisor
    • At least one (1) from a licensed physical therapist. 
     
  • 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. The Admissions Chair will assign applicants to be interviewed.

Admission Criteria

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
     

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.

The following are exceptions to admission requirements due to COVID-19 for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle. 

  • Online Courses/Labs: If your lab course was transitioned to an online format, during the Spring 202, Summer 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021 semesters, we will accept the coursework toward prerequisites without in person lab work. 
  • 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 2021-2022 admissions cycle. Please check back for future updates for the 2022-2023 admissions cycle. 

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Department of Nutrition & Dietetics

Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics/Dietetic Internship

The Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics/Dietetic Internship is a face-to-face designed program for those students who can think critically and wish to focus on the application of advanced nutrition knowledge in clinical or community practice. Fifteen students are admitted each fall to this 4-semester, full-time program. The Master of Science and Dietetic Internship program participates in the matching system and used DICAS online applicant portal. Students must complete both the Master’s Degree and Dietetic Internship experience simultaneously in order to receive a verification statement and be eligible to take the National Registered Dietitian Examination. 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: (Address: 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995; Phone: 312-899-0040 ext. 5400; Email: ACEND@eatright.org; Website: https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend). 

Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics/Non-internship Option 

The wholly online Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics/Non-internship options is for Registered Dietitians or graduates of an ACEND accredited baccalaureate (DPD) program in nutrition and dietetics who wish to pursue graduate training. The coursework for all these programs is delivered using an online distance learning format. Students must choose one concentration from Professional Studies in Dietetics, Nutritional Sciences, Global Health, or Healthcare Informatics. This M.S. Nutrition/ Non-internship option allows students to pursue an independent research, thesis or project as a culminating experience in their master’s program, earn a Global Health certificate, or earn a Healthcare Informatics certificate through a 12-credit certificate program.

View admission and program of study degree requirements for the MS/Non-internship programs

View graduate application deadlines.

Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition

The Department of Nutrition & Dietetics now offers an online Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition (DCN). The DCN program is an advanced practice doctoral program with emphasis on leadership, advanced evidence-based practice, and outcomes-based research. In contrast to a PhD in Nutrition, which is generally focused on bench research, this degree focuses on practice and emphasizes production of applied scholarship and evidence-based outcomes in practice settings. The DCN will prepare practitioners for leadership roles in clinical, community or higher education settings through the course work, advanced practice residency, and the production of applied scholarship. 

Graduates will gain expertise and skills in leadership and public policy, clinical treatment, cultural competency, critical thinking, and outcomes research to become advanced level nutrition and dietetics practitioners and researchers. The curriculum will integrate evidence-based practice in nutrition and dietetics to provide the foundation for completion of an outcomes-based research project. The significance of developing an advanced practice Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition is evident from the increasing prevalence of dietary-related chronic diseases (such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, certain cancers, and renal disease). Graduates of the program will be rigorously trained to provide leadership in dietary prevention, intervention, and treatment of chronic disease at the individual and population level.

View admission and degree requirements for the DCN program.

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