Why choose UF DPT?
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. The U.S. News and World Report ranks the department tenth in the nation overall and third in the nation for AAU Public Universities, so prospective students know they will be receiving a credible and valuable education.
The Department’s faculty is nationally known for their areas of expertise and present regularly at national and international scientific meetings. UF PT faculty are also 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.
Committing to the UF DPT program offers our students a number of unique opportunities. The University of Florida has over 1,000 student organizations, a comprehensive health science center in the heart of campus, and of course, the athletic powerhouse of the Gators!
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 encourages students to display their research beyond the UF community, providing our students with local and national platforms, such as the APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting, to present research conducted as a part of the DPT program.
Each year, the Department of Physical Therapy receives external funding of over $10,000,000 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 & Health Professions, Nursing, and Pharmacy Building. The facility is equipped with state-of-the-art classrooms, conference rooms, offices, and collaborative spaces for students. In 2014, the Doctor of Physical Therapy program obtained the Clinical Learning Center, a teaching laboratory that contains leading-edge audiovisual equipment to enhance the student learning experience. The space also houses the student-run Equal Access Clinic.
Furthermore, the Department manages research laboratories across the University of Florida campus. The UF Health Science Center (HSC) is the country’s only academic health center with six health-related colleges located on a single, contiguous campus. Our faculty takes advantage of the resources and equipment housed in the HSC that are closely integrated with the program, such as the VA Brain Rehabilitation Research Center of Excellence (VA BRRC), McKnight Brain Institute, Brooks Rehabilitation, the Powell Gene Therapy Center and the and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute.