Meeting minimum admissions requirements does not guarantee admission to the School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences. Visit the USF Graduate Catalog for more information.
1. We review your application to ensure that you meet the minimum requirements for admissions to our program, all listed above.
2. If you meet the above requirements, then the DPT selection committee will begin a comprehensive review of all items in your PTCAS application. This includes:
Academic Success - We will review your GRE scores, GPAs, transcripts, and more to ensure you are prepared to succeed academically in our program.
Understanding of the Profession - We will review observation hours and letters of recommendation to see that you have an understanding of physical therapy. For observation hours the focus should be on the quality of the experience, not the number of hours. More hours do not equate to better understanding.
Involvement - We will review your extra-curricular activities, work experience, research, etc. to see what experiences you have that might relate well to our program and profession. We also look to see if there are any leadership positions or just membership.
Professionalism - We will review letters of recommendation, your personal statements, and other essays to get a sense of your level of professionalism and work ethic.
Research - If you have any research this will be reviewed as part of your application.
All other items - The committee will review everything in your application to determine which students will be the best fit for our program.
Lastly, we DO NOT interview for our program. All admissions decisions are made based on your PTCAS application, and all decisions from the selection committee are final.
1. Waiving Observation Hours - USF DPT is not requiring a minimum number of hours of observation for the 2021-2022 cycle. We ask that if a student completes any hours that they have them verified and submitted via PTCAS for review with your application. We will accept any online or telehealth hours as well. If you are finding it hard to gain shadowing and observation hours we recommend reviewing the following sites for information about our profession:
2. Letters of Recommendation - USF DPT will still require 2 Letters of Recommendation, but they do not need to be from a licensed PT for the 2021-2022 cycle. We recommend the letters be from a Physical Therapist, Academic Faculty member, or Supervisor. Keep in mind that any letters submitted via PTCAS all programs you apply to will have access to review them. Check each program for their requirement.
3. GRE – As with other DPT program we will still require the GRE for the 2021-2022 cycle. We will accept both the tradition GRE and any at home exams. Make sure to send your scores to 4083 to ensure we receive them.