How to Apply

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The Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Florida participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). Applicants must meet all University, College and Program requirements to be considered for admission. The admission deadline is November 1st of the year prior to your entry term. Applications are accepted once a year and admitted students begin the program in the fall semester.


Admission Criteria

The following are minimum requirements for entry into the DPT program:

  • Baccalaureate degree in any discipline from an accredited college or university. Degree needs to be completed prior to entering the program but is not required to be complete at the time of application
  • A minimum score of 146 on the verbal portion of the GRE, 144 on the quantitative portion and 3.5 on the analytical writing portion for GRE test. Scores must be sent to code 7731.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) for undergraduate college-level coursework completed in any semesters after attainment of 60 semester credit hours (in effect, your GPA for your junior and senior years)
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) for the average of all prerequisite courses
  • Three letters of reference with PTCAS recommendation forms:
    1. One from someone practicing in the field of physical therapy
    2. One from someone who can speak to your academic ability
    3. One from someone who can speak to your character
  • A minimum of 40 hours of observation in at least 3 different types of physical therapy settings (a minimum of 10 hours must be completed in each setting type), including at least one orthopedic setting, one neurological setting, and one specialty area, such as pediatrics, sports, geriatrics, acute care, etc. Applicants may fulfill a maximum of two required observation settings at one facility. The specific number of hours completed in each setting must be distinctly documented in PTCAS so the number of hours observed in each setting type is evident.

Applicants who self-submit uploaded observation forms must include the following information. Forms without this information will not be accepted by the program.

  • Total number of hours completed
  • Signature and license information of the PT shadowed
  • Type and setting of PT observed

All required hours must be completed and verified through PTCAS by the application deadline.


Additional Requirements for International Students

  1. Minimum of 550 on the paper-based or 80 on the Internet-based version of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) for all international students or a minimum score of 6 on the IELTS (the International Language Testing System), or a minimum of 77 on the MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery)
  2. International students with transcripts from foreign institutions of higher education must also submit a foreign credentials evaluation available through Josef Silny & Associates or World Education Services. The transcript must be translated into English and a course-by-course evaluation must be completed.

Admission Procedures and Deadlines

Applicants must apply to the University of Florida via the Office of Admissions application web page AND to PTCAS.

PTCAS typically begins accepting applications in July. Applications submitted early in the fall semester are encouraged. Applicants taking summer classes are asked to finalize their PTCAS applications after the summer semester is complete to ensure those grades are included in the review process.

The following items MUST arrive at PTCAS by November 1st. All necessary forms can be found at the PTCAS website.

  • All transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Completed PTCAS application
  • TOEFL & Foreign Transcript Evaluation (if required)
  • Observation hours MUST be completed AND verified by a physical therapist
  • GRE Scores

The University of Florida online application MUST also be completed by November 1st with the application fee paid.

Applications not meeting all of these criteria will NOT be reviewed.


Admission Decisions

Admission decisions are based on many factors, including overall academic record, letters of recommendation, personal statement, observation experiences, and achievement testing performance, among others. Although interviews are not required, they may be requested.

Decisions are emailed to applicants on a rolling basis between the months of January and March. Offers of admission cannot be deferred for future years. All applicants can expect a decision by email.