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Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) 2015-2016 Catalog Year

College of Health Professions and Social Work

Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
(239) 590-7530

Central to the mission of the Program in Physical Therapy is the mission and goals of Florida Gulf Coast University and the College of Health Professions and Social Work. Reflective of this, the academic program is designed to meet the diverse needs of the college students of today and of the future. The program prepares students to enter contemporary practice in the field of physical therapy. Students become proficient in employing current sources of information as they relate to learning and evidence-based practice. Students develop into self-directed learners through the active learning format that characterizes the program - skills that aid them in being resourceful scholars and clinicians.

Program Accreditation

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Florida Gulf Coast University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website:

Program Admission Requirements

See program website at URL listed above.

Program Requirements
  1. Required courses (105 credits)
    PHT 5109 Movement Science I (6)
    PHT 5109L Movement Science I Laboratory (2)
    PHT 6393 Movement Science II (6)
    PHT 6393L Movement Science II Laboratory (2)
    PHT 6395 Movement Science III (4)
    PHT 6395L Movement Science III Laboratory (1)
    PHT 5353 MDP I: Intro to Pharm & Imaging (2)
    PHT 7070 MDP II: Diagnostic Imaging (3)
    PHT 7352 MDP III: Applied Pharm for PT (3)
    PHT 6009 MDP IV: Diagnostic Testing (3)
    PHT 5205C Intro to PT Practice (2)
    PHT 6394 Physical Therapy Practice I (2)
    PHT 6394L PT Practice I Laboratory (2)
    PHT 6396 Physical Therapy Practice II (3)
    PHT 6396L PT Practice II Laboratory (2)
    PHT 6397 Physical Therapy Practice III (3)
    PHT 6397L PT Practice III Laboratory (2)
    PHT 6398 Physical Therapy Practice IV (5)
    PHT 6398L PT Practice IV Laboratory (2)
    PHT 7390 Physical Therapy Practice V (5)
    PHT 7390L PT Practice V Laboratory (2)
    PHT 7399C Physical Therapy Practice VI (2)
    PHT 6026 PDS I: Intro to Physical Therapy (2)
    PHT 6412 PDS II: Teaching and Learning (3)
    PHT 6413 PDS III: Sociocultural Influences (3)
    PHT 6527 PDS IV: Mgmt, Leadership/Entrep (3)
    PHT 6507 PDS V: Medical Spanish for PT (1)
    PHT 7528 PDS VI: Legal/Ethical HC Policy (3)
    PHT 7529 PDS VII: Prep for Profession (2)
    PHT 5860 Introductory Clinical Experience (1)
    PHT 6822 Clinical Education I (3)
    PHT 6941 Clinical Education II (3)
    PHT 6942 Clinical Education III (3)
    PHT 7946 APP PT-Clinical Education IV (3)
    PHT 7947 APP PT-Clinical Education V (3)
    PHT 5016 Prof Writing & Lit Review (2)
    PHT 6606 App PT: Critical Inquiry (3)
    PHT 6607 App PT: Applied Crit Inquiry (3)

  2. Restricted Electives (10 credits)
    Select one of the following:
    PHT 6906 Independent Study I (3)
    PHT 6971 Independent Research I (3)

    Select one of the following:
    PHT 6907 Independent Study II (2)
    PHT 6972 Independent Research II (2)

    Select one of the following:
    PHT 7908 Independent Study III (2)
    PHT 7973 Independent Research III (2)

    Select one of the following:
    PHT 7909 Independent Study IV (2)
    PHT 7974 Independent Research IV (2)

    Select one of the following:
    PHT 7910 Independent Study V (1)
    PHT 7975 Independent Research V (1)


Additional Graduation Requirements

Successfully complete a cumulative personal /professional portfolio.
Successfully complete all Clinical Education Courses.
Perform at Entry Level in all Criteria of the Professional Behaviors Plan.
Complete Psychomotor Skills Log.
Apply for graduation per university guidelines and timeline.
Meet all FGCU Graduate Student requirements for graduation.

Progression Requirements

Students must follow a Program of Study approved by the student's faculty advisor.
Students must receive a grade of "B" ("S" if applicable) or better on all courses within the program curriculum.
A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for all coursework taken in the Physical Therapy curriculum.
A student must perform at the appropriate level of generic abilities and criteria as outlined in the Professional Behaviors Plan.
Students must provide evidence of immunizations, CPR/AED certification, First Aid training, health insurance, malpractice insurance coverage and criminal background checks as detailed in the Program's Student Guidebook.
Additional progression requirements as outlined in the Program's Student Guidebook.

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