2019-20 Applicants

University of Florida


Contact Information more...

Amy Ladendorf
Assistant Director of Education
Department of Physical Therapy
University of Florida
PO Box 100154 (Mailing)
1225 Center Drive, Room 1142 (Physical and Overnight)
Gainesville FL, 32611
(352) 273-6085
ufdpt@phhp.ufl.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/24/2020
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degree
DPT/MPH
Additional information about the class profile
The DPT program does not weigh state of residency in admission decisions.
Social networking
Facebook Page for PT Program
Facebook Page for Parent University/College/School
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
71
Anticipated size of next entering class
70
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
80%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
20%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Sex

% Male
30%
% Female
70%

Race / Ethnicity

% Hispanic
11%
% Asian
11%
% African-American/Black (Non-Hispanic)
2%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
72%
% Two or More Races
3%

Program Description more...

The entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program provides the required education necessary for graduates to take the professional licensure examination and embark on a professional career in physical therapy. The program embodies a strong foundational background in the biological, kinesiological and behavioral sciences, incorporation of principles of logical and scientific reasoning throughout the curriculum, and the philosophy that the practice of physical therapy is empowered by the collaborative efforts of the team, ensuring a partnership of people working towards a common goal.

The curriculum is an eight semester plan of study, which incorporates 32 weeks of full-time clinical internship and several weeks of integrated part-time clinical experiences. The students are awarded the DPT degree after completing 113 credit hours of professional course work.

The curriculum had been established along three basic educational principles that are instilled in the philosophy and mission of the program. First, it is necessary that a strong basic science background in the biological, kinesiological, and behavioral sciences be established as the foundation upon which the curriculum is developed. Secondly, incorporation of principles underlying logical reasoning and the scientific method shall be woven throughout all aspects of the curriculum. These principles shall be implicitly stated in the faculty’s behavior as role models through their incorporation of their research and clinical practice experiences in the classroom setting. Thirdly, students will recognize that the practice of physical therapy is empowered by the collaborative efforts of the team, ensuring a partnership of people working toward a common goal. This principle is instilled in the students throughout the content of the curriculum and is exemplified by the faculty’s collaborative teaching and research efforts.

Ranking and Accreditation
The program is ranked 10th in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

To read more about our mission and philosophy please visit our website. http://pt.phhp.ufl.edu/dpt-program/admissions/

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
11/01/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

All transcripts, letters of recommendation, observation hours verification, completed PTCAS application, GRE scores, TOEFL (if required), and foreign transcript evaluations (if required) MUST arrive to PTCAS by November 1st, 2019.

The University of Florida online (supplemental) application MUST be completed by November 1st, 2019 with supplemental application fee paid. Applications not meeting all of these criteria by the deadline will NOT be reviewed.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
No
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$0.00

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
No
Footer label here
Footer Text here Footer Text here Footer Text here Footer Text here Footer Text here Footer Text here

GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.67
Upper Division GPA (All work completed after attainment of 60 semester hrs)
3.00
3.77
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Program considers all attempts at courses when calculating GPAs.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7731
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
11/01/2014
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
146
154
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
144
154
Analytical writing scaled score
3.5
4.5
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
If the applicant has taken the GRE more than once, the highest overall combined test performance from the best single test date is used. Scores from different test administrations are not combined.

Scores should be sent to code 7731 and must be received by the application deadline.

Observation Hours

 
A minimum of 40 hours of observation or volunteer work in at least 3 different types of physical therapy settings (a minimum of 10 hours must be completed in each setting type), including at least one orthopedic setting, one neurological setting, and one specialty area, such as pediatrics, sports, geriatrics, acute care, etc. The specific number of hours completed in each setting must be distinctly documented in PTCAS so the number of hours observed in each setting type is evident. A maximum of two of your setting assignments can be counted towards this requirement within the same institution, even if these are separate assignments. All required hours must be completed and verified in PTCAS by the application deadline.

Self-submitted uploaded forms must contain the following in order to be accepted by the program;
- Total number of hours completed
- Signature and license information of the PT shadowed
- Type and setting of PT observed
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - a licensed PT must verify hours w/ signed form uploaded or online via PTCAS
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
40
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
100-300
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
11/01/2019
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Required

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$30.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
Description of supplemental requirements
The University of Florida online (supplemental) application MUST be completed by November 1st, 2019 with supplemental application fee paid.

Applications not meeting all of these criteria will NOT be reviewed.
Deadline for supplemental materials
2019-11-01
Link to supplemental forms or instructions
Legend
Applicant must send one reference from this SPECIFIC type of evaluator
Applicant must send reference from ONE OR MORE evaluators in category to fulfill program's requirements
Evaluator type ACCEPTED
Evaluator type NOT accepted

Evaluator Types

Physical Therapist
Physical Therapist (additional)
Professor in Major
Professor
Academic
Supervisor/Employer
Teaching Assistant
PTA
Pre-PT Advisor
Politician
Health Care Professional
Friend
Family Member
Co-worker
Clergy
Other
Number of references required by program
3
Additional information about program's reference requirements
Program requires 3 references from:

(1) someone practicing physical therapy

(2) someone who can speak on the applicant's academic ability

(3) someone who can speak on the applicant's character.

It is the applicant's responsibility to inform their referrers that a narrative, or letter, should be included within the PTCAS evaluation form. For the electronic reference form referrers can add narrative in the comments section. For paper reference form referrers can attach a letter.

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
  • Canadian citizens
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens
  • Other non-citizens (e.g., refugees)
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?
Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) coursework
Send WES foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Send original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
Non-native English speakers are required to achieve the minimum score of 550 (paper based) or 80 (internet based) on the TOEFL.

After you select the program and enter your coursework on the application, you may be required to match your courses to the program's course prerequisites in the "Prerequisites" tab of the "Program Materials" section.
General information
Five of the ten prerequisites must be completed by the end of the summer term prior to applying.
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?
Yes
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department
No
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Anatomy
Fulfill 1 of 3 Biology sequences. Labs are required for General Biology and Anatomy. Lab for Human Physiology is prefered, but not required. Botany and Exercise Physiology courses are NOT accepted: (A) 2 sem. of General Biology + 1 sem. of Human Physiology (B) 1 sem. of General Biology + 2 sem. of Human Anatomy and Physiology (C) 1 sem. of General Biology + 1 sem. of Anatomy + 1 sem. of Human Physiology. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology I
Fulfill 1 of 3 Biology sequences. Labs are required for General Biology and Anatomy. Lab for Human Physiology is prefered, but not required. Botany and Exercise Physiology courses are NOT accepted: (A) 2 sem. of General Biology + 1 sem. of Human Physiology (B) 1 sem. of General Biology + 2 sem. of Human Anatomy and Physiology (C) 1 sem. of General Biology + 1 sem. of Anatomy + 1 sem. of Human Physiology. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General
Biology II
Fulfill 1 of 3 Biology sequences. Labs are required for General Biology and Anatomy. Lab for Human Physiology is prefered, but not required. Botany and Exercise Physiology courses are NOT accepted: (A) 2 sem. of General Biology + 1 sem. of Human Physiology (B) 1 sem. of General Biology + 2 sem. of Human Anatomy and Physiology (C) 1 sem. of General Biology + 1 sem. of Anatomy + 1 sem. of Human Physiology. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: General II
Chemistry I
Introduction and Survey courses are not accepted. Lab is required. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
Chemistry II
Introduction and Survey courses are not accepted. Lab is required. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
Physics I
General Physics and Physics with Calculus are acceptable courses. Survey and Introductory courses not accepted. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
  • Physics: General
Physics II
General Physics and Physics with Calculus are acceptable courses. Survey and Introductory courses are not accepted. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
Fulfill 1 of 3 Biology sequences. Labs are required for General Biology and Anatomy. Lab for Human Physiology is prefered, but not required. Botany and Exercise Physiology courses are NOT accepted: (A) 2 sem. of General Biology + 1 sem. of Human Physiology (B) 1 sem. of General Biology + 2 sem. of Human Anatomy and Physiology (C) 1 sem. of General Biology + 1 sem. of Anatomy + 1 sem. of Human Physiology. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Psychology
1 of 2 psychology courses required. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General
Psychology
2 of 2 psychology courses required. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General II
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Psychopathology
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Sports
Statistics
Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics