The Physical Therapy Program at Florida Gulf Coast University participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service, known as PTCAS. Applicants applying to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, apply online using the PTCAS application. To learn more about the PTCAS application process, please visit the PTCAS web site at www.ptcas.org.
Thank you for your interest in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Florida Gulf Coast University. Please click on the "welcome letter" above for important information regarding the application process and PTCAS. Please note that applicants to the DPT Program at FGCU will also be required to complete the FGCU Graduate School application which can be found at www.fgcu.edu/graduate/prospective.html.
Students are admitted to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in the fall of each year. For priority consideration, all application materials must be received by January 16th of the year in which entry is sought. Application materials received after January 16th will be considered on a space available basis. All applications to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program must be submitted through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (www.ptcas.org).
The Department of Physical Therapy and Human Performance conducts a competitive admissions process. The following are the minimum requirements for admission to the entry-level physical therapy program. (Please note that meeting the minimum requirements for admission does not guarantee admission to the Physical Therapy program.) All applicants must have:
Criminal Background Check
All students admitted to the DPT program must complete a criminal background check. A student may encounter potential problems with clinical education placement and/or licensure as a physical therapist if he or she has a criminal record. For specific information, contact the Florida Board of Physical Therapy Practice through its website. If a student has a criminal record, it is the responsibility of the student to inquire with the Florida Board of Physical Therapy Practice as to whether a criminal record may limit the student's ability to obtain licensure as a physical therapist or practice in certain settings.
Admissions Decision Appeals
A student may appeal admissions decisions by contacting the Office of the Dean in the College of HealthProfessions at 239-590-7451. Through the Dean's Office, the student brings an appeal to the CHP Student Appeals Committee. If the student is not satisfied with the outcome of this process, he or she may bring the appeal to the University Ombudsman (www.fgcu.edu/ombudsman).