Entry-Level DPT Admissions


Admission Requirements

The University of South Florida School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences will accept applications beginning July 1, 2017 through November 15, 2017 via PTCAS for the DPT 2021 class. 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, 2017 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 2021. Letters of offer will be mailed to selected students on or about February 1, 2018. A Waiting List will be maintained of otherwise qualified applicants in the event that a class opening should occur.

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

Click here for information regarding Prerequisite Courses. (Updated February 1, 2015) (For DPT 2020 Class Admissions Cycle Beginning July 1, 2016)

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.

PTCASClick here to view our PTCAS program profile.

The School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences 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.

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
  • Beginning application cycle 2018-19, submission of GRE scores will be required. GRE scores are not required for the 2017-18 application cycle.

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.

In June 2017, Gov. Rick Scott vetoed funding for the USF-UWF DPT Educational Partnership. The two institutions have agreed that the DPT Class of 2020 that matriculated in 2017 will be the last cohort of students to participate in this partnership. No further students will be accepted into the program.