Physical Therapy-Transitional (D.P.T.)

College of Health Professions and Social Work
Department of Physical Therapy & Human Performance

(239) 590-7530

2013-2014 Catalog Year

Program Admission Requirements

This program is effective Spring 2014.

Students are admitted to the Physical Therapy-Transitional major of the D.P.T. program (also referred to as the t-DPT) in the fall and spring semesters of each year, dependent upon departmental review of an applicant's academic transcripts. For fall semester consideration, all application materials must be received by July 1. For spring semester consideration, all application materials must be received by November 1. Applicants will be notified of department's decision regarding start date following transcript review.

Admission to the t-DPT program is contingent on space availability. Applications will be processed and admission decisions made based on the order in which complete applications are received. The following are the minimum requirements for admission to the t-DPT program.

All applicants must have:

  1. A baccalaureate or master's degree in physical therapy from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
  2. An active physical therapy license in good standing issued by the State of Florida.
  3. A minimum GPA of 3.0 or greater (on a 4.0 scale) for the last 60 hours of the baccalaureate degree in physical therapy, or a minimum GPA of 3.0 for the master's degree in physical therapy. If the GPA is less than 3.0, then an applicantmust have a minimum entrance score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
    1. A minimum score of 4.0 on the Analytical portion of the GRE.
    2. A minimum total Quantitative-Verbal GRE score of 1000, with a minimum score of 400 on both the Quantitative and Verbal portions of the GRE, if taken prior to August 2011 or Equivalent Quantitative-Verbal (combined and individual) scores for GRE tests taken after August 1, 2011.

Admissions Decision Appeals

A student may appeal admissions decisions by contacting the Office of the Dean in the College of Health Professions and Social Work at 239-590-7451. Through the Dean's Office, the student brings an appeal to the CHPSW 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 (

Program Requirements

Required Courses:

  • PHT 5016 Professional reading and writing (2 credits)
  • PHT 5353 Intro to Medical Diagnostics (2 credits)
  • PHT 6009 Diagnostic Testing (3 credits)
  • PHT 6507 Spanish for Health Professions ( 1 credit)
  • PHT 6606 Critical Inquiry (3 credits)
  • PHT 6607 Applied Critical Inquiry (3 credits)
  • PHT 7070 Medical Imaging (3 credits)
  • PHT 7352 Pharmacology (3 credits)
  • PHT 7951 Capstone I: (2 credits)
  • PHT 7952 Capstone II: (2 credits)
  • PHT 7500 Wellness and Health Promotion (3 credits)
  • PHT 7533 Professional Issues of the Doctoring Profession (3 credits)



Additional Graduation Requirements

  • Apply for graduation per university guidelines and timeline.
  • Satisfy all university and program graduation requirements as outlined in the catalog and the DPT Student Guidebook.

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 required courses as listed above.

Transfer Notes and Acceptable Substitutes

Students entering program with a baccalaureate degree in physical therapy will complete all coursework listed above for a total of 30 credit hours. Transcripts of students entering the program with a master's degree in physical therapy will be evaluated for course equivalency, and students will be provided with an individualized program of study.