The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
program educates students to become competent, compassionate, and ethical
practitioners in a variety of health care settings. Graduates will be highly
dedicated professionals with excellent patient care, communication, critical
thinking, patient education and advocacy, management and research skills.
CURRICULUMThe Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program is a full-time professional doctoral program requiring completion of 112 credits beyond the bachelor’s degree. The course work is taken in a prescribed sequence over nine semesters as provided here and all course work is required. The program requires a total of 34 weeks of full-time clinical training. During the clinical affiliations, students work under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist.
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Each prerequisite course must be completed with a minimum grade of "C". The overall GPA for all prerequisite courses must be a 3.00 or higher to be considered for admission. The program recommends all prerequisite courses be completed at time of application. Candidates with all prerequisites completed at time of application may be given preference over those still completing courses. No more than two prerequisite courses may be in progress the fall semester prior to the program's start and no more than one course may be in progress during the spring semester prior to the program's start. Courses older than seven years will not be accepted. Online courses are not accepted for the
following prerequisites: biology courses, anatomy courses, physiology courses,
physics courses, or chemistry courses. Hybrid courses for any of the courses listed above are strongly discouraged and must be approved by the DPT Admissions Committee prior to enrollment (email firstname.lastname@example.org to request review).
Anatomy and Physiology - Two courses with labs and a minimum of 8 credit hours is required. One of two options must be met:
Option 1: One semester of Human Physiology with lab and one semester of Anatomy with lab.
Option 2: Two semesters of Anatomy/Physiology combined courses with labs.
Biology / Biological Studies - Two courses and a minimum of 6 credit hours is required. Labs are not required. Must be courses for science majors.
Chemistry - Two courses with labs and a minimum of 8 credit hours is required. Introduction and survey courses are NOT accepted.
Physics - Two courses with labs and a minimum of 8 credit hours is required. General Physics and Physics with Calculus are both acceptable courses.
Psychology - One course (3 credit hours) is required. Any psychology course that is taken within the Psychology Department will meet this requirement.
Statistics - One course (3 credit hours) is required.
Summer Term 1 (14 Credit Hours)
- PHT 5003 Foundations of Physical Therapy I (2 credit hours)
- PHT 5125 Clinical Kinesiology (2 credit hours)
- PHT 5125L Clinical Kinesiology Lab (2 credit hours)
- PHT 6115C Gross Anatomy/Neuroscience I (6 credit hours)
- PHT 6606 Research Methods in Physical Therapy (2 credit hours)
Fall Term 1 (17 Credit Hours)
- PHT 5240 Physical Assessment (1 credit hour)
- PHT 5240L Physical Assessment Lab (2 credit hours)
- PHT 5260 Patient Care Skills (2 credit hours)
- PHT 5260L Patient Care Skills Lab (1 credit hour)
- PHT 6118C Gross Anatomy/Neuroscience II (6 credit hours)
- PHT 6156C Applied Human Physiology for Health Science (5 credit hours)
Spring Term 1 (14 Credit Hours)
- PHT 5218 Theories and Procedures I (2 credit hours)
- PHT 5218L Theories and Procedures I Lab (1 credit hour)
- PHT 5241 Therapeutic Exercises I (2 credit hours)
- PHT 5241L Therapeutic Exercise Lab I (2 credit hours)
- PHT 6242 Orthopedic Physical Therapy (2 credit hours)
- PHT 6242L Orthopedic Physical Therapy Lab (1 credit hour)
- PHT 6306 Pathology/Pharmacology (4 credit hours)
Summer Term 2 (12 Credit Hours)
- PHT 5718 Neurological Physical Therapy (2 credit hours)
- PHT 5718L Neurological Physical Therapy Lab (1 credit hour)
- PHT 6219 Theories and Procedures II (2 credit hours)
- PHT 6219L Theories and Procedures II Lab (1 credit hour)
- PHT 6245 Therapeutic Exercise II (3 credit hours)
- PHT 6245L Therapeutic Exercise II Lab (1 credit hour)
- PHT 7722C Physical Therapy Integration I (2 credit hours)
Fall Term 2 (16 Credit Hours)
- PHT 6521 Management of Physical Therapy Services (3 credit hours)
- PHT 6322C Pediatric Physical Therapy (3 credit hours)
- PHT 6381C Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy (2 credit hours)
- PHT 6070C Radiology/Imaging for Physical Therapy (3 credit hours)
- PHT 6805C Clinical Education I (3 credit hours)
- PHT 6716C Advanced Orthopedic Physical Therapy I (2 credit hours)
Spring Term 2 (12 Credit Hours)
- PHT 6374C Gerontology in Physical Therapy (2 credit hours)
- PHT 6618 Research Applications in Physical Therapy (2 credit hours)
- PHT 6719 Advanced Neurological Physical Therapy (2 credit hours)
- PHT 6719L Advanced Neurological Physical Therapy Lab (1 credit hour)
- PHT 7134C Physical Therapy Integration II (2 credit hours)
- PHT 6720 Wound Care and Professional Issues (1 credit hour)
- PHT 7730C Primary Care for the Physical Therapist (2 credit hours)
Summer Term 3 (6 Credit Hours)
- PHT 7822C Advanced Clinical Education I (6 credit hours)
Fall Term 3 (10 Credit Hours)
- PHT 7823C Advanced Clinical Education II (4 credit hours)
- PHT 7721C Advanced Orthopedic Physical Therapy II (1 credit hour)
- PHT 7772C Advanced Neurological Physical Therapy II (1 credit hour)
- PHT 7780C Advanced Gerontology in Physical Therapy I (1 credit hour)
- PHT 7329C Advanced Pediatric Physical Therapy I (1 credit hour)
- PHT 7521C Management of Physical Therapy Services II (2 credit hours)
Spring Term 3 (11 Credit Hours)
- PHT 7021 Professional Practice in Physical Therapy (2 credit hours)
- PHT 7900 Capstone Project in Physical Therapy (3 credit hours)
- PHT 7829C Advanced Clinical Education III (4 credit hours)
- PHT 7XXXC ***Elective Course (2 credit hours)
***Elective Course Options (student must select at least one of the following courses, pending availability):
- PHT 7742C Acute Care Physical Therapy (2 credit hours)
- PHT 7778C Advanced Manual Therapy (2 credit hours)
- PHT 7764C Advanced Neurologic Treatment (2 credit hours)
- PHT 7702C Advanced Orthotics and Prosthetics (2 credit hours)
- PHT 7779C Sports Physical Therapy (2 credit hours)
This program requires a final comprehensive examination on all course work in the program of study. Students are required to pass the comprehensive examination with an 80% proficiency. Students will be allowed to re-take the examination for a total of three (3) attempts. A student may not graduate from the Doctor of Physical Therapy program until the comprehensive examination is passed with an 80%. Failure to pass the examination after 3 attempts will result in a meeting with the Retention and Advancement Committee for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, where further action will be determined. In addition, comprehensive examinations may be required at the end of each year of the program. Participation and completion of a capstone (research) project is also required of each student prior to graduation.
Students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program pay a $90 equipment fee each semester that they are enrolled.
Independent LearningAll students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program are required to engage in independent learning, a process in which individuals take the initiative, with or without help of others to attain knowledge, skills, and professional behaviors. Tangible assignments, such as "Grand Rounds" (i.e., patient case studies), research projects, scholarly reviews, and full-time clinical practica mandated by the program and provide important independent learning experiences giving students ample opportunities to develop and demonstrate independent learning skills as a result of self-inquiry and group dialogue.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at UCF participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service, known as PTCAS. Prospective students applying to the entry-level physical therapist education program for the 2017 entering class must apply online using the PTCAS application. To learn more about the PTCAS application process, visit www.ptcas.org.
All application materials MUST be sent directly to PTCAS. Materials sent to the university or program and not to PTCAS will not be accepted. The following application materials must be received by PTCAS no later than October 17th:
- Completed PTCAS Application (www.ptcas.org), including all documents required by PTCAS.
- One official transcript from each college/university attended.
- Official GRE scores taken within last five years. Use GRE CODE for UCF PTCAS: 3871 (Do not use the "Institution Code" for GRE listed to the right.)
- Prerequisite courses completed within seven (7) years of anticipated matriculation.
- A minimum of 30 hours of volunteer or work experience under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Hours must be verified through PTCAS by October 17th to be considered. A variety of settings is recommended.
- Three (3) letters of recommendation with PTCAS recommendation forms, including one from a physical therapist.
- Applicants who have attended a college/university outside the United States must also provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation.
- UCF Graduate Application (supplemental) must be submitted in addition to PTCAS application. Deadline to submit the supplemental application is December 1, 2016.
Incomplete applications will NOT be reviewed.
- The bachelor’s degree may be in any discipline from a regionally accredited institution and may be in progress at time of application. However, the degree must be awarded prior to the program’s start date in the Summer C semester (mid-May).
- Minimum GPA of 3.00 (on 4.00 scale) in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate degree.
- Minimum GPA of 3.00 (on 4.00 scale) for all prerequisite courses. Each prerequisite course grade must be a ‘C’ or higher.
- Minimum GRE scores of 146 for verbal reasoning; 144 for quantitative reasoning; and 3 on the analytical writing portion.
- An on-campus interview, by invitation only, scheduled after the initial application review process is complete.
- UCF Graduate Application (supplemental) MUST be completed by December 1, 2016 with supplemental application fee paid by ALL APPLICANTS.
- A resume will only be required for students who are offered an interview by the program. Once requested, the applicant will email the resume directly to the program.
Applicants not meeting these minimum requirements will not be considered for admission. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee an applicant an interview or admission to the program. All applicants and admitted students to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program must perform certain Essential Functions in order to participate and complete program requirements.
PTCAS will begin accepting applications in July, however the program will not begin reviewing applications until September.
Admissions decisions will be made only once per academic year. Incoming students must begin the program in the summer C semester (mid-May).
Thirty-six (36) students are admitted to the program each year. The demographics of a recent class include an average age of 24 years and a grade point average of 3.77 (on a 4.0 scale) for both GPA of upper division coursework and prerequisite courses, and an average GRE scores of 156Q / 155V / 4WA.
Admission to the program is competitive based on the above criteria, the applicant's abilities, past academic performance, work experience and match of the applicant with the program's mission and goals.
Applications are only accepted for Summer admission. The application for this program can be found at www.ptcas.org.
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International Transfer Applicants
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.
Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website
, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information
section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.
Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.