University of Florida

Information about Physical Therapist program at University of Florida



University of Florida (A4, D6, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 06/19/2006
Address:   Department of Physical Therapy
College of Public Health & Health Professions
Box 100154 HSC
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32610-0154
Phone:   (352)273-6085
Fax:   (352)273-6109
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (352)273-6507
Financial Aid Phone:   (352)273-6202
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Krista Vandenborne, PT, PhD
  Accreditor:   Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges
  Carnegie Classification:   Research Universities (very high research activity)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor’s degree, November 1960 (no longer offered) Master’s degree, May 1998 (no longer offered) Doctoral degree, March 2005
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2013
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
The Program is housed in the College of Public Health & Health Professions in a state-of-the-art HPNP building that has a wireless computer network. The curriculum is an 8-semester plan of study (113 credit hours) that incorporates 6 semesters of classroom study with integrated part-time clinical experiences and approximately 2 semesters (32 weeks) of full-time clinical internship. Students enter the program after having completed a baccalaureate degree. The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree is awarded upon successful completion of the program.
Students begin participating in part-time clinical experiences in the first four semesters of the DPT. In the second half of the 5th semester each student is assigned to a full-time, eight week clinical in either the acute or general outpatient orthopedic setting. Each student then completes a total of 24 weeks of full time clinic experience during the seventh and first half of the eighth semesters. These final, full time experiences must be completed at two or three clinical settings which include patient populations and/or age groups that differ significantly from the previous experiences.
There are thirteen full-time and one half-time faculty members. Eleven of these faculty members hold doctor of philosophy degrees, three are certified as clinical specialists, and two are engaged in clinical practice on a regular basis. Over the past year (March 2005 –March 2006), the core faculty has had over 60 publications in peer-reviewed journals and made approximately 48 presentations of scholarly work. The current core faculty to student ratio is 1: 6.37. In addition to the full-time faculty, there are over 20 adjucnt faculty. Other nationally known faculty members at the Health Science Center provide guest lectures for the physical therapy students.
The University of Florida has a total enrollment of over 48,000 students. The physical therapy program accepts 50 new students each year.
All students must have completed a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. Prerequisite courses include: 2 semesters of biology with labs and 1 semester of human physiology with lab, 2 semesters of general college chemistry with labs, 2 semesters of general college physics with labs, 2 semesters of psychology including general psychology and one other psychology, 1 semester of introductory statistics or higher. Volunteer experience in a variety of settings and a minimum of 1000 on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) are required, as are minimum grade point averages of 3.0 overall and 3.0 in the prerequisite courses. International students must score a minimum of 550 on the paper-based or 213 on the computer-based TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Applications are accepted until January 15 of the year the student wishes to enroll. Students are notified regarding admission on or before May1st. Complete information about the program is available on the web page Potential applicants should contact the following address for complete admission requirements: Department of Physical Therapy, University of Florida, College of Public Health and Health professions, PO Box 100154 HSC, Gainesville, FL 32610-0154.
99 % of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average);; 100% of those program graduates responding to surveys are employed (3-year average). The ultimate pass rate on the license exam for 2002-2004 is 98.53%.
The Physical Therapy Program has a professional flat fee structure with the tuition $13,000 for in-state residents and $21,000 for non-residents. Fees are subject to change by the University Administration. For up-to-date tuition rates, please contact the department. Students in the DPT program may qualify for University or College assistance. Students can obtain a University financial aid application and request a Gator Aid brochure, which contains general information on expenses and financial aid, online from the Student Financial Affairs web site at or call (352) 392-1275. The majority of physical therapy students receive some sort of financial aid.
A limited number of dormitories and apartments are available on campus. Convenient off-campus housing is available in a wide price range. Intercollegiate and intramural athletics and recreational facilities are abundant. Multiple cultural and entertainment activities are an integral part of campus life.