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School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences

Doctor of Physical Therapy Admissions


American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

Visit APTA website for:

  • PT and PTA education resources
  • Organizations, events, and services
  • Career information and statistics

Physical Therapy Central Application Services (PTCAS)

Visit PTCAS website for:

  • Submitting an application
  • Program information
  • Applicant responsibilities and procedures

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Visit GRE website for:

  • Where and when to take exam
  • Register to take the exam
  • Preparation and more information

High School Students interested in PT

USF’s Physical Therapy program is a professional doctoral level program, meaning the first step is for an applicant to complete a four-year bachelor’s degree prior to applying to the DPT program. Most PT programs, including USF, will accept any undergraduate major. USF offers many undergraduate majors and while there is no preferred major, we encourage students to choose a major that will allow them to fulfill our prerequisite course requirements. If you want to apply to USF for your Bachelor’s degree, please contact Undergraduate Admissions to learn about the requirements and deadlines. Undergraduate Admissions’ contact information can be found here.

Once you are accepted to an undergraduate institution, you will want to meet with an advisor who can help you select a major and courses based on your interest in going to PT school. If you want to learn more about our program, please attend a Q & A session or DPT Spotlight Day Event.

Movement Science Pre-College

This is a four to five day educational experience for high school juniors and seniors (ages 15-18) to learn more about movement science career paths such as Physical Therapy, Athletic Training, Kinesiology, Occupational Therapy, and more. Students will spend all of their time on campus with professional staff and faculty, and all lunches and snacks throughout are provided. Students only need transportation to and from campus.

Activities Include, but are not limited to:

  • Visiting USF Athletics and Sports Medicine
  • USF Health PT Center Visit/Activity
  • Interactive Sessions learning about movement science
  • Admissions and Financial Aid
  • and much more!

Summer 2024 date will be updated soon, but this event is usually hosted in early June each year.