The UF Doctor of Physical Therapy program prepares our students to be passionate and dedicated physical therapists. The comprehensive Health Science Center in the heart of UF has allowed our faculty to create a stimulating and collaborative environment that fosters forward-thinking Gator PTs.
We admit up to 70 students each year, creating a cohort small enough to provide a tight-knit community, but large enough to have a diverse group of life-long learners. U.S. News & World Report ranks the department sixth in the nation’s public programs and fourth in the nation for AAU public universities, so prospective students know they will be receiving a credible and valuable education.
UF PT faculty are advocates for the profession, serving to advance physical therapy practice at national, state and local levels. As faculty, we believe in collaboration and progress, not only for individual patients, but also for those we’ll impact through the breadth and depth of our teaching, service, and research enterprise.
Having graduated physical therapists for over 60 years, UF has built strong clinical partnerships with top facilities in Florida, the southeast and the nation. Our program also encourages students to get involved beyond the UF community though service, professional organizations and research.
Each year, the Department of Physical Therapy receives external funding of over $10 million from foundations and federal funding agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH). DPT students benefit from research being conducted at UF, as it is a guiding principle in providing the best possible patient experience. Students are exposed to cutting-edge research throughout the curriculum to encourage analysis, exploration and critical thinking.
The Department of Physical Therapy is located in the Public Health and Health Professions, Nursing, and Pharmacy building, which is a part of the UF Health Science Center, the country’s only academic health center with six health-related colleges located on a single, contiguous campus. In addition to the facility holding classrooms and collaborative spaces for students, the program also manages a Clinical Learning Center (CLC), a teaching laboratory with state of the art equipment to enhance the student learning experience. The CLC houses the student-run Equal Access Clinic.