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DPT Admissions

The Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Florida participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service, known as PTCAS. To learn more about the PTCAS application process, please visit the PTCAS web site at www.ptcas.org. The program requirements and instructions for applying can be found below.

Applicants must meet all University, College and Program requirements (described below) to become part of the applicant pool. Applications are accepted through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) . The admission deadline is November 1st of the year prior to your entry term. Applications are accepted once a year and admitted students begin the program the following fall semester. Since the program is an entry-level clinical program, it is only open to those who have not yet completed clinical training in the field.

Please click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Achievement Testing

Applicants are required to take all three sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), General Test, including the quantitative, verbal and analytical writing sections. Minimum scores of 146 on the verbal portion, 144 on the quantitative portion and a 3.5 on the analytical writing portion on the GRE are required.

If the exam is taken more than once, the highest overall test performance from the best single test date is used in making admissions decisions. Scores from different test administrations are not combined. Official GRE scores must be sent to UF’s Program via PTCAS (code 7731)

GRE scores must be received by the program no later than the application deadline.


Current annual tuition and fees are $22,721.72 for Florida residents and $31,961.72 for non-Florida residents, payable in two installments (fall and spring). Tuition and fees are subject to change. Additional information regarding payment dates and methods is available at The Office for Student Financial Affairs.

In addition to tuition and fees, students are responsible for lab fees, books, and expenses incurred with clinical internship experiences, both full-time and integrated. These may include housing, food, transportation, and related professional expenses. Costs will vary depending upon the location of the internship site, but students should be prepared financially for possible full-time internships outside the state of Florida.

DPT Admission Criteria

The following are minimum requirements for entry into the DPT program. Please see DPT Admission Procedure and Deadlines below for instructions on how to document these requirements.

1.  Baccalaureate degree in any discipline from an accredited college or university. Degree needs to be completed prior to entering the program, but is not required to be complete at the time of application

2. Minimum score of 146 on the verbal portion of the GRE, 144 on the quantitative portion and 3.5 on the analytical writing portion for GRE test.

3.  Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) for undergraduate college level coursework completed in any semesters after attainment of 60 semester credit hours (in effect, your GPA for your junior and senior years)

4. Minimum GPA of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) for the average of all prerequisite courses

5. Completion of the PTCAS Application

6. Completion of prerequisite course work within the last 7 years

7. Three letters of reference with PTCAS recommendation forms

  • One from someone practicing in the field of physical therapy
  • One from someone who can speak to your academic ability
  • One from someone who can speak to your character

*Please note that both a letter and the form are required and can be submitted to PTCAS. If the PTCAS electronic letter of recommendation is completed the required letter can be entered into the “comments” section. If the hard copy recommendation is completed the required letter can be attached to the PTCAS form and mailed back to PTCAS.*

8. 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. Applicants may fulfill a maximum of two required observation settings at one facility. 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.

Applicants who self-submit uploaded observation forms must include the following information. Forms without this information will not be accepted by the program.
– Total number of hours completed
– Signature and license information of the PT shadowed
– Type and setting of PT observed

All required hours must be completed and verified through PTCAS by the application deadline.

9. All application materials received no later than November 1st of the year prior to your entry date

10. A personal interview may be required

Additional Requirements for International Students

  1. Minimum of 550 on the paper-based or 80 on the Internet-based version of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) for all international students or a minimum score of 6 on the IELTS (the International Language Testing System), or a minimum of 77 on the MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery)
  2. International students with transcripts from foreign institutions of higher education must also submit a foreign credentials evaluation available through Josef Silny & Associates or World Education Services. The transcript must be translated to English and a course by course evaluation must be completed

DPT Prerequisites

Five of the ten prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the summer term prior to submitting your application.

Required Prerequisites:

Chemistry – General College Chemistry I and II with labs (Introductory Chemistry or Chemistry Calculation courses DO NOT fulfill this requirement)

Physics – General College Physics I and II with labs

Psychology – Two semesters of psychology including General Psychology and one additional psychology course. Suggested courses include Developmental Psychology, Child Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, or Psychology of Disability

Statistics – One semester of Introductory Statistics

Biology (One of the following three sequences should be met)

A. Two semesters of General Biology with labs (Botany courses are not acceptable) AND one semester of Human Physiology with lab (Human Physiology lab is preferred, but not required; Exercise Physiology is not acceptable)

B. One semester of General Biology with lab (Botany courses are not acceptable) AND two semesters of Human Anatomy and Physiology with labs

C. One semester of General Biology with lab (Botany courses are not acceptable), AND one semester of Anatomy with lab AND one semester of Human Physiology with lab (Human Physiology lab is preferred, but not required; Exercise Physiology is not acceptable)

Examples of course numbers meeting prerequisites under the Florida common course numbering system are listed below. (Please check with the Physical Therapy department if you have any questions about prerequisites. If you have questions about completion of your undergraduate degree, call the College of Public Health & Health Professions academic advisors at 352-273-6400.)

1. BSC 2010 and 2011 (or 1010 and 1011) with labs for Biology
2. PET 2350 or APK2105c for Human Physiology with lab
3. PET 2320C or APK 2100c for Human Anatomy with lab
4. BSC 2085, 2086 (or 1085 and 1086) for Human Anatomy/Physiology 1 & 2
5. CHM 2045 and 2046 (or 1045 and 1046) with labs for Chemistry
6. PHY 2053 and 2054 (or 1053 and 1054) with labs or PHY 2048 and 2049 with labs
7. PSY 2012 and DEP 3053 for Psychology
8. STA 2023 for Statistics

DPT Admission Procedure and Deadlines

Complete application procedures can be found by going to the PTCAS  website.

To be considered for admission, applicants must apply to the University of Florida via the Office of Admissions application web page AND to PTCAS.

PTCAS begins accepting applications in July. The Physical Therapy program at the University of Florida will not begin reviewing completed applications until September. Applicants taking summer classes are asked to finalize their PTCAS applications after the summer semester is complete to ensure those grades are included in the review process.

Applications submitted early in the fall semester are encouraged. Early application by highly qualified applicants may result in an early offer.

The following items MUST arrive to PTCAS by November 1st. All necessary forms can be found at the PTCAS website.

  • All Transcripts
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Completed PTCAS Application
  • TOEFL & Foreign Transcript Evaluation (if required)
  • Observation Hours MUST be completed AND verified by a physical therapist
  • GRE Scores

The University of Florida online application MUST also be completed by November 1st with application fee paid.

Applications not meeting all of these criteria will NOT be reviewed.

Contact Information

Admission advising is available by appointment. To make an appointment, or for general questions concerning admission to the DPT program, please send an email to the program. Please be sure to read our FAQ page. Answers to many commonly asked questions can be found there. For questions regarding using PTCAS or materials submitted to PTCAS please contact them directly at 617-612-2040.

Admission Decisions

Admission decisions are based on many factors, including overall academic record, letters of recommendation, personal statement, observation experiences, and achievement testing performance, among others. Although interviews are not required, they may be requested. Decisions are emailed to applicants on a rolling basis. Offers of admission cannot be deferred for future years. All applicants can expect a decision by email.

Prospective Students

Prospective students are encouraged to meet our faculty through attendance at our Open House events. Please email the program or call (352) 273-6507 for more information about dates and times of our Open Houses.

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