COVID-19 DPT Application Updates

DPT Admission Requirements for the 2020-2021 Application Cycle

Please note the changes outlined below are only applicable to applications submitted to the program in 2020 for admission in fall of 2021.


Observation Hours

Documentation of the minimum 40 hours of observation will not be required to submit applications for the 2020-2021 admission cycle. The expectation that all observation hours must be completed with appropriate documentation by program start if you are accepted.

Prerequisite Courses

The program will allow for ONE prerequisite course to be graded as a pass/fail or satisfactory/unsatisfactory taken ONLY in the spring 2020 term. No additional prerequisite courses graded in this manner, or taken in terms other that spring 2020, will be accepted for admission to the program. The content provided by required prerequisites are essential to success in the DPT program. If you feel your grasp of the content in any of these courses is not as strong as it could be we encourage you to consider taking a course(s) again.

All Coursework

Course work, including prerequisite courses, taken online will be accepted.

Non Prerequisite Courses – The program will allow courses to be graded as a pass/fail or satisfactory/unsatisfactory taken ONLY in the spring 2020 term. This applies to courses that are not routinely graded as pass/fail and/or satisfactory/unsatisfactory. Courses that are regularly graded as pass/fail or satisfactory/unsatisfactory will continue to be accepted as normal.

Letters of Reference

The “required” physical therapist reference is now “recommended.”


Official transcripts can be submitted to PTCAS for the UF DPT program as late as February 1st, 2021. If official transcripts cannot be sent by the November 1st deadline applicants MUST submit unofficial transcripts to PTCAS before the November 1st application deadline. If official transcripts are not received by PTCAS at the time an admission decision is made, any offers will be conditional based on receipt of official transcripts with no grade discrepancies.


UF DPT will continue to require the GRE for all applicants. The deadline for UF to received GRE scores is November 1st. Applicants are encouraged to take the GRE early to allow plenty of time for scores to be received by the program.  

If you have additional questions please sign up for virtual office hours or attend an open house.