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Doctor of Physical Therapy

Graduate Program Director & Advising Coordinator

Ashley Drake

Dr. Beven Livingston

Building 39 , Room 2037


Application Information
Applications are accepted for fall term matriculation only.
Application Deadlines

Fall Term . . . . . . . . October 16

Admits during fall term only.


UNF strives to serve our students and applicants to the best of our ability. We are aware that there may be processing delays due to the natural disasters in August and September 2017. If you have experienced a delay in receiving your required documentation (GRE scores/transcripts) please email us at so we can work with you during this difficult time to complete your application in a timely manner.



Admission Requirements

University requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent from a foreign institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study.

Additional program requirements:

  • Official transcripts from all attended institutions
  • A 3.0 average in science prerequisite courses
  • A 3.0 average in non-science prerequisite courses
  • GRE scores within the past five years (Institutional Code: 5490)
  • 149 verbal, 146 quantitative and a 3.5 on analytical writing

* 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.     


* Please note:  In addition to submitting your application, application fee, official transcripts and official GRE scores to the UNF Graduate School, applicants must also complete the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) application and provide PTCAS with all the necessary documents that they require by the established DPT application deadline, as well.


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.


For more information on how to apply click here.

Additional requirements for International applicants can be found here.


Program Overview

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 32 full-time weeks and 16 part-time 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).

Special Notes about the Program

The DPT program has a higher tuition rate than other UNF graduate programs.


Curriculum and Requirements
Total Program
Credit Hours
Average Length
of the Program
Three years
Approximate Enrollment
30 per cohort
Community Connections
Clinical internships with over 30 regional hospitals and medical centers; hospital-based internships in pediatric vestibular research and in shoulder disorder research (Mayo, Nemours, and Brooks Rehab); post-professional residencies in orthopedic and neurological physical therapy; contracts with many outpatient private practices.
Career Possibilities