University of South Florida

Information about Physical Therapist program at University of North Florida



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

Last Updated by Program: 09/08/2006
Address:   School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences
University of South Florida College of Medicine
12901 Bruce B Downs Blvd, MDC 77
Tampa, FL 33612
Phone:   (813)974-8870
Fax:   (813)974-8915
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
William S Quillen, PT, PhD, SCS, FACSM
Professor and Director
  Accreditor:   Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges
  Carnegie Classification:   Research Universities (very high research activity)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Master's degree, October 2001(no longer offered) DPT degree, October 2004
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2008
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
As experts in human movement and rehabilitation, physical therapists have a daily impact on the health and well-being of their patients and clients. They resolve problems in mobility through their knowledge of anatomy, physiology and other sciences. They draw upon their communication and motivational skills in their work with clients and other health care providers. Physical therapists are intent on improving overall quality of life through active caring. The University of South Florida School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences offers a 3-year entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program designed to educate highly-skilled, well-rounded practitioners of physical therapy. As part of USF Health, the School offers an innovative integrated curriculum in an interdisciplinary health sciences center setting. Basic and clinical sciences are emphasized and integrated with Longitudinal Clinical Education Experiences. The School provides course instruction through live lecture, laboratory and videostreaming/archiving and course support materials over a wireless computer network. A 4,000 square foot USF Physical Therapy Center, with full time clinical faculty, operates as part of USF Health.
The clinical education component of the curriculum comprises approximately 34 weeks of full and part-time education throughout the 3-year professional program, beginning with a half-day Longitudinal Clinical Experience in Year 1, followed by a 4-week full-time clinical experience, then two 8-week full-time clinical experiences following Year 2 and culminating with a 16-week internship in year 3. The USF School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences is affiliated with approximately 80 clinical education centers in the Tampa Bay area and over 400 facilities throughout the state of Florida and the southeastern United States.
There are currently fourteen full-time faculty members. Nine hold post-professional doctoral degrees. Two are ABPTS certified clinical specialists. Other faculties from USF Health provide instruction to physical therapy students.
The University of South Florida School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences admits 36 students per year. Approximately 150 applications are received annually.
The School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences accepts applications from residents of any state. Applicants are considered without regard to gender, race, marital status or religious affiliation. The DPT degree program design is a 4 + 3 model with a baccalaureate degree required for admission. A Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree is awarded upon successful completion of all classroom and clinical requirements with graduates eligible to take the NPTE examination required for licensure and practice. The University of South Florida School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences follows a “Rolling Admissions” Procedure beginning September 1st of each year. Qualified students (those with at least the minimum required GPA and either a) having completed all degree and course requirements or b) those with no more than two (2) course prerequisites and degree in progress) are encouraged to apply for admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program at the earliest possible time. Admissions decisions will generally be made within four (4) weeks of receipt of the completed application portfolio. Qualified students will be offered either a full or contingent admission to the DPT Degree Program until the class is fully enrolled. A waiting list of otherwise qualified applicants will be maintained with the opportunity to roll-over application portfolio for priority consideration the following year. Specific Minimum Admissions Requirements include: • Baccalaureate degree in any discipline • GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0) overall and in upper division and prerequisite coursework • 20 hours of documented observational, volunteer or other work experiences in both hospital inpatient and outpatient physical therapy settings in order to appreciate the differences in physical therapists’ responsibilities in each setting along with supervising physical therapist’s completion of the School’s Professional Abilities Assessment Form. • Written autobiographical statement of personal values and purpose for attending USF’s DPT Degree Program • Interview upon request of School of Physical Therapy • Application Fee of $30 (Check or Money Order Payable to the University of South Florida) Required prerequisite courses are: General Chemistry I (CHM 2045), General Chemistry I - Laboratory (CHM 2045L); General Chemistry II (CHM 2046), General Chemistry II - Laboratory (CHM 2046L); General Physics (PHY 2053), General Physics - Laboratory (PHY 2053L); General Physics (PHY 2054), General Physics - Laboratory (PHY 2054L); Psychological Science I (PSY 2012); Developmental Psychology (DEP 4005) or Gerontology-The Life Cycle (DEP 2004); Introductory Statistics I (STA 2023); Biology I - Cellular Processes (BSC 2010), Biology I - Cellular Processes - Laboratory (BSC 2010L); Human Anatomy & Physiology I (BSC 2085), Human Anatomy & Physiology II (BSC 2086). Organic Chemistry and/or Biochemistry are highly recommended.
Three year outcomes for the School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences MSPT degree graduates (Classes of 2002, 2003 and 2004) include: Graduation rate - 90%; NPTE 3 year pass rate - 95%; and Employment rate – 99+%.
The University of South Florida is a public institution. Professional tuition has been implemented for the DPT degree program is currently estimated at $12,978 per year for residents and $17,640 for nonresidents. Required fees are currently estimated at $1,751 for residents and $1,961 for nonresidents. Loans are available to qualified physical therapy students. The majority of physical therapy students receive some form of financial aid. College of Medicine Financial Aid Office personnel are committed to assisting students and welcome early requests for securing needed educational funds.
The University of South Florida, a Carnegie Tier 1 institution, is the 15th largest university in the United States. Founded in 1956, USF has built a solid reputation as a leader in research and learning, offering comprehensive student centered programs. USF serves over 40,000 students with over 200 academic programs on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota and Lakeland, Florida. USF libraries hold over 2.3 million volumes and Internet access to hundreds of library databases throughout the world. The Tampa campus is the location of USF Health which is comprised of the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health and the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences. The Tampa Bay region offers multiple cultural, sports and entertainment activities which are available on campus and in the surrounding community. There is limited graduate student housing available on campus. The majority of physical therapy students live off campus in private apartment complexes. Access to an automobile is required.