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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: www.capteonline.org.
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 December 16th of the year in which entry is sought. Application materials received after December 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 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 (www.fgcu.edu/ombudsman).