USF/UWF DPT Partnership Program Structure
The program accepts applications from students completing a minimum of their last 48 hours of upper division course work at UWF toward a baccalaureate degree in an appropriate discipline, including Athletic Training, Biology, Health Sciences, Chemistry, Exercise Science, Psychology, and Sociology. 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 USF/UWF Partnership Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program is a limited access program with a projected enrollment of up to 12 qualified UWF graduates per class. Students admitted into the USF/UWF partnership DPT Program will spend their first year in the program in Tampa at the USF Health School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences and the final two years at UWF. All clinical education internships will be conducted at facilities in Pensacola or the surrounding Florida panhandle.
The USF Health 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 will apply online using the PTCAS application. To learn more about the application process, please visit the PTCAS web site at: www.ptcas.org. Qualified applicants from UWF for the USF/UWF Partnership DPT degree program will have their applications noted for identification by the USF SPTRS Student Selection Committee.
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;
· Have completed the last 48 hours of upper division course work toward a baccalaureate degree in an appropriate discipline at UWF;
· Achieve a 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;
· Volunteer twenty (20) total 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.
· Provide two References from Licensed Physical Therapists with knowledge of the applicant's aptitude and potential for success in professional school;
· Write an autobiographical statement of personal values and purpose for pursuing Physical Therapy as a career.
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 USF Health School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences DPT degree program.
Please address admissions questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and Dual Enrollment (DE) (unless DE courses were completed at a four year university) credit is NOT normally accepted as a substitution for completion of any college level prerequisite coursework unless validated by advanced coursework in the subject matter which demonstrates academic strength.