2019-20 Applicants

University of South Florida


This page is intended for college transfer students and graduates ONLY. High school students MUST contact the institution directly for information about the guaranteed freshman-entry program. Do not apply using PTCAS.

Contact Information more...

Jeremy Turkall
Academic Services Administrator - Admissions
School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences
University of South Florida
12901 North Bruce B. Downs Blvd., MDC77
Tampa FL, 33612-4399
(813) 974-8870
dpt-admissions@health.usf.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/01/2020
Social networking
Facebook Page for PT Program
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Twitter Page for Parent University/College/School
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
48
Anticipated size of next entering class
48
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
60%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
40%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
25%

Sex

% Male
42%
% Female
58%

Race / Ethnicity

% Hispanic
13%
% Asian
11%
% African-American/Black (Non-Hispanic)
15%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
61%

Program Description more...

As an integral part of the USF Morsani College of Medicine and USF Health system, the School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences offers you top-notch classroom and clinical experience in your entry-level preparation as a physical therapy practitioner.

Our innovative, integrated, interprofessional Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) curriculum, which places physical therapy students alongside various other health professional programs (MD, PharmD, Public Health, Nursing, PA) at USF Health. The School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences boasts an impressive and broadly experienced cadre of faculty who are engaged in teaching, as well as scholarly and research activities that contribute to our discipline's body of knowledge. As part of USF Health, our Doctor of Physical Therapy students receive instruction from physicians, nurses, public health professionals and basic science experts. Teaching and learning together form the basis for future successful collaborative practice that is so necessary in today’s healthcare environment.

* Three-year comprehensive curriculum with extensive clinical education in a variety of locations, including the USF Physical Therapy Center.

* Opportunities for participation in a student run pro bono clinic and service learning outreach activities.

* Classrooms and teaching laboratories are state-of-the-art with instruction conducted in a wireless environment.

* 6,000 square foot Human Functional Performance Laboratory with the latest instrumentation to study human movement and function.

* Our students have an exceptional pass rate on the National Physical Therapy Examination, the examination required for licensure and practice as a physical therapist. USF School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences graduates have consistently scored at or above state and national averages on the NPTE.

* USF has been continuously accredited by CAPTE to offer entry-level physical therapy education since the graduation of our first class in 2001.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
11/15/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

We do not interview for our DPT program decisions are made with information provided via your PTCAS application. Please be as thorough and honest when completing your PTCAS application. We will notify all applicants of their decision on or before February 1, 2020.

For Open House information visit: https://health.usf.edu/medicine/dpt/admissions/dpt-admissions/admissions-events/spotlight-days

For DPT Q & A Session information visit: https://health.usf.edu/medicine/dpt/admissions/dpt-admissions/admissions-events/qa-sessions

For Pre-Admissions Advising visit: https://health.usf.edu/medicine/dpt/admissions/dpt-admissions/admissions-events/pre-admission-advising


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes

Deposits

Deposit Required
No
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$0.00

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
No
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GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.20
3.80
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.20
3.80
Science GPA
3.20
3.75
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
We use GPA's calculated by PTCAS which will take into account all course attempts in the calculation.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
4083
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
11/01/2019
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning % score
 
64%
Quantitative reasoning % score
 
51%
Analytical writing % score
 
64%
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
GRE scores are required of all applicants. There is no minimum score required for admission, but your scores will be used in the selection process.

Observation Hours

 
We require that each applicant complete a minimum of 20 hours of observation. We recommend that applicants try to complete observation hours in 2 or more clinical setting (e.g., acute care, inpatient, outpatient).
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
20
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
No
Supplemental fee amount
$0.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
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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
2
Additional information about program's reference requirements
Letters of reference must be submitted through the PTCAS portal. Application materials sent directly to the program will not be accepted. Both letters of reference must be written by licensed physical therapists. No other professional designation will substitute.

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?
Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) coursework
Do not send any foreign documentation. PT program only considers U.S. courses
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Do not send any Canadian documentation
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
TOEFL is required for non-native speakers. Contact USF School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences directly for more information.


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
Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and Dual Enrollment (DE) (unless DE courses were completed at a four year university) credit is NOT normally accepted as a substitution for completion of any college level prerequisite coursework unless validated by advanced coursework in the subject matter which demonstrates academic strength. If their are questions about this requirement reach out via email dpt-admissions@health.usf.edu.
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
Yes
Anatomy & Physiology I
This course includes basic biochemistry, cell structure and function, tissues, anatomical terminology, anatomy and physiology of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. Coursework older than 5 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Human
Anatomy & Physiology II
Anatomy and physiology of the autonomic, nervous, endocrine, lymphatic, immune, respiratory, digestive, excretory and reproductive systems. Coursework older than 5 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Human
Biology I
The course deals with biological systems at the cellular and subcellular levels. Topics include an introduction to biochemistry, cell structure and function, enzymes, respiration, mitosis and meiosis, genetics and gene expression. Coursework older than 5 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: General
Chemistry I
Principles and applications of chemistry including properties of substances and reactions, thermochemistry, atomic-nuclear structure and bonding, periodic properties of elements and compounds. Coursework older than 5 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
Principles and applications of chemistry including solutions, chemical thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibria, aqueous chemistry, electrochemistry and nuclear chemistry. Coursework older than 5 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
Physics I
Principles and applications of chemistry including solutions, chemical thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibria, aqueous chemistry, electrochemistry and nuclear chemistry. Coursework older than 5 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
A second semester of non-calculus based general physics. Topics studied include electricity and magnetism, optics and modern physics. Coursework older than 5 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Psychology
Complete a course in abnormal psychology or lifespan/developmental psychology to fulfill prerequisite. The Abnormal Psychology course includes descriptions, theoretical explanations, research evidence, and treatment of maladaptive behavior. The Life Cycle/Developmental course is an examination of individuals and the physical, cognitive, personality and social changes which occur throughout the entire life span. Coursework older than 5 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
Psychology
The course is an introduction to psychology. It presents psychological theory and methods in a survey of various areas including clinical, cognitive, developmental, health, industrial, social and biopsychology. Coursework older than 5 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: General II
Statistics
Descriptive and inferential statistics, principles of probability theory, discrete and continuous probability distributions, binomial probability distribution, Poisson probability distribution, uniform probability distribution, normal dist and more. Coursework older than 5 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics