University of Central Florida

Information about Physical Therapist program at University of Central Florida



University of Central Florida (A4, D5, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 01/30/2004
Address:   Program in Physical Therapy
University of Central Florida
4000 Central Florida Boulevard
HPAI, Room 256 D
Orlando, FL 32816-2205
Phone:   (407)823-3462
Fax:   (407)823-3464
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (407)823-3470
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Gerald V Smith, PT, PhD
Associate Professor and Director
  Accreditor:   Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges
  Carnegie Classification:   Research Universities (high research activity)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor’s degree, May 1994 (no longer offered) Master’s degree, May 1998
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2013
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Master of Science in Physical Therapy
The physical therapy program at the University of Central Florida is an accredited entry-level curriculum leading to a Master of Science in Physical Therapy. It is a two-year professional program (seven consecutive semesters) beginning each May and requires students to have a bachelor’s degree to apply. Graduation is in August and graduates will be eligible to take the state licensure examination in any state in the United States or comparable examination in foreign countries with practice acts regulating the practice of health professionals. Graduates of UCF’s program are prepared to practice in an ethical, legal, compassionate, and effective manner in a variety of acute, outpatients, rehabilitative or private health care settings, providing both physical and psychosocial intervention.
There is one 4-week, one 8-week, and one 12-week clinical rotation during the 2 years of study. Other clinical experiences and field trips on specific topics are integrated throughout the curriculum.
There are five full-time professors, one part-time faculty member, and numerous adjunct faculty for a maximum of 56 students. Of the full-time faculty, 60% hold post-professional doctoral degrees, and four are engaged in clinical practice. Over the past 3 years, the faculty has averaged one publication in peer-reviewed journals. The current faculty to student ratio is 1:7.8.
Total enrollment at the university exceeds 39,000 students. The physical therapy program traditionally accepts 28 students.
Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree, GRE quantitative-verbal score minimum of 1000 or GPA of 3.0 in last 60 credits of bachelor’s degree. Applicants are expected to have a GPA of 3.0 in all prerequisites with a minimum grade C in each prerequisite. Prerequisites include courses in general psychology, developmental psychology, statistics, general biology I and II, physics I and II, general chemistry I and II, human physiology OR human Anatomy and Physiology I and II. A minimum of 10 hours of field experience under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist is required. A resume, a biographical essay and 3 letters of recommendation are required (at least 1 must be from a licensed physical therapist, documenting field hours). Completed application deadline is January 15. The top candidates will be invited for an interview. 50% of qualified applicants are admitted to the program (3-year average).
95% of admitted student’s graduate from the program (last 3 classes). 100% of the most recent class passed the state-licensing exam successfully. 97% of the last three years classes passed the state-licensing exam successfully.
Graduate tuition and fees total per hour $181.00 for Florida Residents and $666.67 for nonresidents for the 2002-2003 academic year. On-campus housing ranges from $3,500 to $4,900 and off-campus housing begin approximately $375 per month. Various loans, scholarships, and grants are available to qualified students. The department awarded four annual scholarships to students with a special interest in pediatrics. Please contact the Office of Financial Assistance (407-823-2827), Office of Graduate Studies (407-823-2766), and College of Health and Public Affairs (407-823-0010) for more details.
UCF is conveniently located in northeast Orlando. The campus is safe, secure and located in a semi-rural environment. It is a 25-minute commute to the Orlando International Airport, a 30-minute commute to Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and Sea World, and a one-hour commute to the Disney World area. Cocoa Beach and Daytona Beach are 45 minutes from the campus. There are numerous extracurricular activities available in the surrounding area. From hunting, to fishing, to canoeing, to hiking, central Florida is home for all. The 20-minute drive to downtown Orlando in combination with UCF’s campus activities allow for multiple cultural and entertainment activity opportunities. Numerous intercollegiate and intramural athletics are available on campus, as well as a brand new state-of-the-art Fitness and Wellness Center. There are approximately 250 clubs and organizations on campus.