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Doctor of Physical Therapy


Program Overview

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) is a post-baccalaureate entry-level clinical degree that prepares the graduate as a physical therapy practitioner. It is a three calendar year program including two summers that is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

Students will be enrolled full-time and will complete the coursework as a cohort. The 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.

Candidates must apply separately to both the University Graduate School and the DPT Program. Satisfaction of minimum University requirements does not guarantee admission to the DPT program. The admission deadline and instructions for both the Graduate School AND the DPT Program is posted below. 

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 Information

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Application Requirement Information

International Applicant Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions

Application Deadlines

Fall Term . . . . . . . . November 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

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. 

  • Official transcripts, and foreign evaluations if applicable, from all post-secondary institutions attended.

Program requirements:

  • GRE test scores
    • Taken within the last 5 years
    • 3.5 on analytical writing 
  • 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. All necessary program application forms can be found at the PTCAS website.
  • A personal interview may be requested for competitive candidates. The DPT program admissions chair will contact applicants directly if an interview is requested.
  • Applicants must meet all University and Program requirements to be considered for admission. Applications are accepted once a year and admitted students begin the program in the fall semester. Applicants should check with the DPT program website for the most up to date admission requirements prior to commencing the application process.


Program Policies

Average Length
of the Program

3 years

Approximate Enrollment


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.
Graduate Program Director & Advising Coordinator

Dr. Sherry Pinkstaff, DPT Program Director

Chair, Department of Physical Therapy

DPT Admissions Team