University of North Florida

Information about Physical Therapist program at University of North Florida



University of North Florida (D5, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 03/09/2007
Address:   Physical Therapist Program
Department of Athletic Training and Physical Therapy
College of Health
University of North Florida
4567 St Johns Bluff Road South
Jacksonville, FL 32224
Phone:   (904)620-1054
Fax:   (904)620-2848
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (904)620-2841
Financial Aid Phone:   (904)620-2604
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
A Russell Smith, Jr, PT, EdD, OCS, FAAOMPT
  Accreditor:   Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges
  Carnegie Classification:   Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor’s degree, November 1994 (no longer offered) Master’s degree, May 1998
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2013
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Master of Physical Therapy
The program consists of seven semesters of didactic and clinical work, beginning in the fall semester. The professional curriculum is year-round, with students attending two summers and graduating in the fall semester. Students must complete a total of 75 semester credit hours at the graduate level. The curriculum is designed to encourage problem solving and application of information through presentation of clinical cases using a holistic approach to patient care. Students are encouraged to participate in faculty research as well as initiate independent scholarly work.
Opportunities to visit and interact in clinical environments are interspersed throughout the curriculum. Students participate in a 6-week internship at the beginning of spring semester in the second year. They then complete two 8-week internships during the final semester. Clinical facilities are concentrated in the southeastern US but are available nationwide. Limited opportunities are available for international clinical experiences.
There are six full-time and one part-time faculty members. Three of the full-time faculty hold post-professional doctoral degrees, four are certified as clinical specialists, and three are engaged in clinical practice. Over the past 3 years, the faculty has averaged two publications in peer-reviewed journals. The faculty to student ratio is 1:14.
Total enrollment at the University of North Florida is approximately 13,000 students. The physical therapy program accepts a maximum of 36 students per year. Approximately 95% of the students admitted to the physical therapy program are Florida residents.
To be considered for admission, students must apply to the program by February 15 of the year for which they wish to be admitted. Prior to enrolling in professional courses, students must have the following credentials: 1) a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university recognized by the University of North Florida. Students may select any major that represents personal interests and abilities. Applicants who apply while still enrolled in an undergraduate degree program will be admitted contingent upon successful completion of the bachelor’s degree prior to enrolling in graduate courses. 2) completion of all prerequisite courses within 7 years prior to application. Students completing courses prior to the 7-year period may request special consideration and be asked to demonstrate competency through completion of subsequent academic coursework, standardized testing, or professional experience. Applicants who apply while still enrolled in prerequisite courses will be admitted contingent upon successful completion of all courses with a grade of B or higher in each course. 3) a 3.0 GPA or higher in all science prerequisites. At least 5 of the 7 science prerequisites must be completed by time of application. 4) a 3.0 GPA or higher in all work attempted as an upper-level student, normally the 60 semester hours taken during the last two years of undergraduate study and an official score report from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) from within the past 5 years OR a composite score of 1,000 or more on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE from within the past 5 years. 5) documentation of a minimum of 10 hours of volunteer/observation experience under supervision of a physical therapist. Prerequisite courses include: college chemistry 2 semesters with lab; college physics 2 semesters with lab; general biology 2 semesters with lab; human physiology 1 semester (Note: students may substitute 1 semester of general biology and 2 semesters of anatomy/physiology for the 2 semesters of biology and the semester of human physiology.); psychology 1 semester general psych; 1 semester lifespan development statistics 1 semester taught by statistics department.
The program's 3-year graduation rate is 85.9% (2001, 2002, 2003). The program's 3-year pass rate on the licensure exam is 96.3% (includes all attempts for the classes of 2001, 2002, and 2003). The program's 3-year employment rate is 98% (2001, 2002, and 2003)
Tuition per graduate credit hour is approximately $158 for Florida residents and $536 for non-Florida residents. Costs for on-campus housing range from $1150 - $1780 per semester. 35% of all University of North Florida students receive financial aid. Federal loans and other forms of assistance are available to students who qualify. A limited number of scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships are available to physical therapy students through competitive application.
Approximately 10% of the student body live on campus in dormitories and furnished apartments. Convenient off-campus housing is available in a wide price range. Intercollegiate and intramural athletics as well as varied recreational opportunities enhance the college experience. Cultural, educational and social activities are sponsored by UNF and the Jacksonville community. The 1000-acre UNF campus is conveniently designed and provides a peaceful national environment. UNF has easy access to Interstate 95, Jacksonville beaches, and downtown Jacksonville. The nature preserve surrounding campus provides walking trails, lakes, and picnic areas.