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DPT 2017 Admissions Update

Applications for admissions to the USF School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences DPT Class of 2017 closed on November 15, 2013. Over 1200 applications were received during this admissions cycle. All completed applications on file with PTCAS by the November 15th deadline were reviewed by the SPTRS Student Selection Committee. Students selected for the DPT 2017 class will be notified with Letters of Offer/Acceptance Forms mailed to their preferred address on/about February 1, 2014. Other qualified students who have been placed on our Waiting List will be notified at that time as well.

Standards for Admission, Matriculation and Graduation

Physical therapy education requires that the accumulation of scientific knowledge be accompanied by the simultaneous acquisition of skills, professional attitudes, and behaviors. Standards presented in this document are prerequisites for admission and graduation from the University of South Florida School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences. All courses in the curriculum are required in order to develop the essential skills necessary to become a competent therapist. A candidate for the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree must have aptitude, abilities, and skills in the following five areas in order to perform in a reasonably independent manner:
  • Observation
  • Communication
  • Motor Coordination or Function
  • Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities
  • Behavioral and Social Attributes

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General Information

The program accepts applications from residents of any state. Applicants are considered without regard to gender, race, marital status, or religious affiliation.   The program design is a 4 + 3 model. A baccalaureate degree is required for admission. A Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree is awarded upon completion of the program. Applicants must have completed or be able to complete the necessary prerequisite coursework prior to matriculation into the program. The Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program is a limited access program with a current enrollment of 48 students per class each year.

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The School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service, known as PTCAS. Students applying to the entry-level professional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program Class of 2018 entering August 2015 will apply online using the PTCAS application beginning July 1, 2014. To learn more about the PTCAS application process, please visit the PTCAS web site at: www.ptcas.org.

Admission Requirements

The University of South Florida School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences will accept applications beginning July 1, 2014 through November 15, 2014 via PTCAS. Qualified students - those with at least the minimum required GPA and either (a) having completed all degree and course requirements or (b) those with no more than two (2) course prerequisites and degree in progress (no exceptions) - are encouraged to apply for admission. Completed applications of qualified students with all supporting documentation, received by PTCAS by November 15, 2014 will be reviewed by the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences DPT Student Selection Committee. The 48 most qualified applicants will be offered enrollment as a member of the DPT Class of 2018. Letters of offer will be mailed to selected students on or about February 1, 2015. A Waiting List will be maintained of otherwise qualified applicants in the event that a class opening should occur.

Specific Minimum Admissions Requirements

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident Alien (PRA) with a Green Card in your possession before we will consider your application;
  • Minimum 3.2 (out of 4.0) GPA overall and in upper division and prerequisite coursework;
  • Note: Level of prerequisite courses must be appropriate for science majors, and must have been completed within five (5) years of date of matriculation;
  • Twenty (20) total volunteer, observational or employment hours experience with a minimum of 8 hours in each type in order to appreciate the differences in physical therapists' responsibilities in each setting. Hours must be documented observational, volunteer or other work experiences in both hospital inpatient and outpatient physical therapy settings;
  • Two References from Licensed Physical Therapists with knowledge of the applicant's aptitude and potential for success in professional school;
  • Written autobiographical statement of personal values and purpose for pursuing Physical Therapy as a career

For Applicants for whom English is not the native language, a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score is required at the time of application. This requirement may be waived by the SPTRS Selection Committee if the applicant has received an undergraduate degree from an accredited school in the United States by the time of matriculation into the DPT degree program; Meeting minimum admissions requirements does not guarantee admission to the School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences.

Please address admissions questions to dpt-admissions@health.usf.edu.