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
- A 3.0 average in science prerequisite courses
- A 3.0 average in non-science prerequisite courses
Important: The DPT program has a higher tuition rate than other UNF graduate programs. Please refer to the Controller website for additional information.
Application Requirement Information
International Applicant Requirements
Frequently Asked Questions
Fall Term . . . . . . . . October 15
Admits for fall term only.
The following must be submitted by the posted deadline. Incomplete applications with outstanding requirements, or those post-marked after the posted deadline, are subject to cancellation. Once an application has been cancelled, the applicant will be required to apply for the next available term, or as a graduate non-degree seeking applicant (limitations apply).
- UNF admission application
- Application fee
- If applicable, collection holds and judicial holds must be cleared
All of the below university and program 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.
Official transcripts, and foreign evaluations if applicable,
from all post-secondary institutions
- GRE test scores
- Taken within the last 5 years
- 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.
In addition to submitting all of the above university and program requirements to the UNF Graduate School, applicants must also complete the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) application. PTCAS must also be provided with the necessary documents that they require by the posted application deadline.
Curriculum and Requirements
of the Program
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.