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Program at a Glance

Program
Doctorate
College(s)
College of Health Professions and Sciences
Department(s)
Kinesiology&Phys Thpy, Schl of
$575.99 per credit hour
$1,400.39 per credit hour

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The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program prepares students to become competent, compassionate, and ethical physical therapists able to effectively treat patients in a variety of health care settings. Graduates will be highly dedicated professionals who demonstrate clinical excellence through exceptional critical thinking, communication, patient education, advocacy, practice management and research skills.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is a three-year (nine consecutive semesters) professional doctoral curriculum designed to prepare entry-level therapists to practice in a variety of clinical settings. The professional curriculum is a full-time "lock-step" program. The program includes multiple clinical education experiences (internships) ranging from eight weeks to twelve weeks in duration. It also includes focused interprofessional education activities involving students from other professional disciplines as well as research training and activities.

Students who successfully complete the course of study will be granted the Doctor in Physical Therapy degree (DPT), enabling the graduate to take the national board examination leading to state licensure as a Physical Therapist. This program has potential ties to professional licensure or certification in the field. For more information on how this program may prepare students in that regard, please visit https://apq.ucf.edu/files/Licensure-Disclosure-CHPS-Doctor-of-Physical-Therapy.pdf.

The UCF Doctor of Physical Therapy program promotes lifelong learning and professional development, which is attained through active involvement in professional organizations such as the American Physical Therapy Association. UCF's Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education.

Mission

The mission of the University of Central Florida's Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is to cultivate excellence in physical therapist practice through comprehensive and focused doctoral education. The program fosters excellence through its dedication to foundational sciences, clinical skill proficiency, research and evidence-based practice, service and professional duty, and lifelong learning. The program is committed to the development and strengthening of the healthcare community in order to optimize patient care in the dynamic healthcare environment.

Vision

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Central Florida will be distinguished for:

  • Its breadth, depth, and collaborative approach to physical therapist education
  • Clinical excellence and advancement of clinical practice
  • Scholarly achievements and professional recognition of students, faculty, and clinical partners
  • Dedication to the health and well-being of the Central Florida community
  • Professional commitment and advocacy
  • Cultivation of professional development to advance the practice of physical therapy

Application Deadlines

Summer
October 15
Summer
October 15

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Career Opportunities

UCF prepares you for life beyond the classroom. Here, you’ll experience a wide range of opportunity, like learning diverse skills from world-renowned faculty to networking with top employers across Central Florida to gaining first-hand experience in internships nearby. Achieve your degree and more as a Knight.
  • Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapist
  • Clinical Laboratory Science Professor
  • Clinical Sciences Professor
  • Dentistry Professor
  • Gastroenterology Professor
  • Geriatric Physical Therapist
  • Neurology Professor
  • Occupational Therapy Professor
  • Optometry Professor
  • Orthopedic Physical Therapist
  • PT
  • Pediatric Physical Therapist
  • Pharmacology Professor
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physical Therapy Professor
  • Physiotherapist
  • Podiatry Professor
  • Public Health Professor
  • Pulmonary Physical Therapist
  • Sports Physical Therapist
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