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.
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.
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
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