Nova Southeastern University

Information about Physical Therapist program at Nova Southeastern University



Nova Southeastern University (D6, E3, F1, F4, PR)

Last Updated by Program: 03/09/2007
Address:   Physical Therapy Department
Health Profession Division
College of Allied Health
Nova Southeastern University
3200 S University Drive
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33328
Phone:   (954)262-1662
Fax:   (954)262-1783
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (954)262-1662
Financial Aid Phone:   (954)262-3380
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Stanley H Wilson, PT, EdD, CEAS
Associate Professor and Chair
  Accreditor:   Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges
  Carnegie Classification:   Doctoral/Research Universities
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Master in Physical Therapy, October 1996 (no longer offered) DPT degree, November 2002
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2010
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
The Department of Physical Therapy at Nova Southeastern University offers both a full-time and part-time Entry-Level Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Students are selected based on GPA, GRE, prior education/work experience, written statement, references, and interview score. The full-time Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program at Nova Southeastern University is completed in 36-39 months. The part-time entry level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program is completed in 60-63 months. Students are admitted for both programs in the summer semester.
Faculty supervised Tier IA clinical education training begins in the winter term of year one and continues in year two with Tier IC. Students experience direct patient care in a variety of health care facilities located in Broward County that primarily serve underserved populations. Tier I A and Tier IC are self-contained clinical education models where students are directly supervised in the clinic by academic faculty. Students concurrently practice their evaluation and treatment skills learned in the curriculum. The DPT program also includes 36 weeks of full-time clinical practice, Tier IB and Tier II. In Tier IB, students see patients/clients at assigned clinical sites to perform examination, evaluation, diagnoses, prognoses, and treatment skills. Students integrate the didactic information from the first year and are exposed to professional roles and issues in an authentic context. Licensed physical therapists or academic faculty provide direct supervision of students. In Tier II, students complete internships in multiple settings in multifaceted healthcare organizations with the goal of bringing their skills up to entry-level for both inpatient and outpatient care. Students also have the opportunity to choose a specialty area in physical therapy practice and complete a portion of the internships in that specialty area.
There are 13 full-time faculty, of which eleven hold doctoral degrees with two scheduled to complete their doctoral degrees in 2007. Two faculty are ABPTS certified clinical specialists, and all are engaged in various aspects of clinical practice. The faculty to student ratio is 1:8.
Nova Southeastern University has a total enrollment of approximately 21,000 students. The physical therapy program enrolls 40-45 students per year.
A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university is preferred. A minimum of 90 semester hours of accepted work will be considered for admission. At least 30 semester hours must be upper division work. Applicants must achieve a minimum of 2.75 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a four point scale, a minimum of 2.75 prerequisite and science grade point average (GPA), and a grade of C or better in each of the following prerequisite courses: Psychology/Sociology - 2 semesters (one general psychology and an additional psychology or sociology); Statistics - 1 semester; Biology - 3 semesters with lab with at least 2 in anatomy and physiology (anatomy and physiology may be combined or separate); Chemistry - 2 semesters with lab; Physics - 2 semesters with lab; and English - 1 semester of composition or writing (applied sciences are not acceptable for admission). All applicants are also required to submit official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Applications may be submitted at any time; however, only applicants who have submitted all application credentials (transcripts, evaluation forms physical therapy experience form, etc) prior to the specified deadline will be considered for admission into the June class of the same year. Thirty percent of qualified applicants are admitted to the program. (3-year average)
94% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average).
For the 2007-2008 academic year, the tuition will be $19,825 per year for Florida residents and $21,770 per year for out-of-state students. The purpose of the Student Financial Aid program is to help as many qualified students as possible to complete their health professions education. Various loans, scholarships, and grants are available to qualified students to help ease the high cost of health professionals’ education. These financial assistance programs are described in a separate university publication, Financial Freedom.
Information concerning housing may be obtained from the Office of Residential Life, 3301 College Ave., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33314 (954-475-7052). There are many opportunities for recreation and athletics at NSU. A new sports-recreation complex has been built and is fully operational that augments the existing facilities, which consist of a pool, tennis courts, basketball courts, and a fitness center. Various sporting activities are available through the Campus Life Office. The Student Center houses billiard areas, table tennis, darts, and a television lounge. Quiet areas and a conference and reception room are located in the Rosenthal Building. For more information, visit our website at