Florida Gulf Coast University

Information about Physical Therapist program at Florida Gulf Coast University




Florida Gulf Coast University (A4, D5, F1, PU)


Last Updated by Program: 01/18/2007


Address:   Department of Physical Therapy and Human Performance


10501 FGCU Boulevard South

Fort Myers, FL33965-6565


Phone:   (239)590-7530  Fax:   (239)590-7474


Web Address:   http://www.fgcu.edu/chp/pt/pt_home.html

Program E-mail:   ekwill@fgcu.edu



Ellen Kroog Williamson, PT, MS




  Accreditor:   Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges

  Carnegie Classification:   Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)



  Date of Initial Accreditation:   May 2001

  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation

  Next Visit   2006

  Five Year History:   Accreditation



Master of Science in Physical Therapy



The curriculum includes eight semesters (75 hours) of graduate coursework, including 30 weeks of clinical internship/residency. The program is designed to meet the diverse needs of the college students of today and of the future. Students develop or improve their skills in the use of technology and become self-directed learners through the active learning format that characterizes the program -- skills that aid them in being resourceful scholars and clinicians. Faculty are committed to providing an environment which accommodates a variety of learning styles, supports self-paced learning and fosters success.



Students participate in multiple clinical experiences including a full-time residency during the final semester of study. Clinic sites are primarily in southwest Florida, but may include other locations.



There are two full-time and two part-time faculty members. Of the full-time faculty, one has a Doctorate in Education and an Advanced Masters in physical therapy and the second has an A.S. as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Of the part time faculty, one is completing a Doctorate and one has a bachelor’s in physical therapy. The faculty to student ratio is 1:12.



The Department of Physical Therapy conducts a competitive admissions process. Students are admitted to the master's PT program in the Fall of each year. For priority consideration, all application materials must be received by January 15th of the year in which entry is sought. Application materials received after January 15th will be considered on a space available basis. Admissions decisions are made based on materials and coursework completed at the time of the application. This includes: 1) baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. 2) completed all prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better (a grade of C- or less is not acceptable).Achieved a GPA calculated for all prerequisite courses of at least 3.20 (on a 0 to 4 scale). Achieved a GPA for all upper division coursework of at least 3.00 (on a 0 to 4 scale). 3) one of the following combinations of scores: 4) a minimum score of 3.5 on the Analytical portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and a minimum total Quantitative-Verbal GRE score of 1000, with a minimum score of 400 on both the Quantitative and Verbal portions of the GRE, or 5) a minimum score of 3.5 on the Analytical portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and a minimum score of 50 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT); 6) completion of Interview and 7) submission of portfolio, including validation of two physical therapist shadowing experiences of five hours each.



92% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average). 85% of students pass the licensure exam; and 100% of those program graduates are employed (3-year average).



Tuition and fees for the 2006-2007 academic year are estimated at $62.36 per credit hour for in-state students and $229.78 per credit for out-of-state students; liability insurance and accident insurance, $25 per year, lab fees $0-20 per lab. Financial assistance is available to students who, without such aid, would be unable to attend college. A comprehensive program of employment, grants, and scholarships is available through federal, state, and institutional funds. This information is available upon request from the Office of Financial Aid.