Feb 04, 2023  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physical Therapy, D.P.T.

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Degree Information

Priority Admission Application Deadlines: www.grad.usf.edu/majors

Level: Doctoral Professional
CIP Code: 51.2308
Dept Code: PHT
Major/College: MPT MD

Also offered as a Concurrent Degree

Contact Information

College Morsani College of Medicine
Department School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitative Sciences

Contact information http://dpt.health.usf.edu/

As an integral part of the USF College of Medicine and USF Health system, the School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences offers you top-notch classroom and clinical experience in your entry-level preparation as a physical therapy practitioner.

Our innovative, integrated, interprofessional Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) curriculum, which places physical therapy students alongside medical students in foundational basic and clinical science courses during year 1 of studies, is one of the many reasons students are choosing to come to Tampa for their professional education. The School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences boasts an impressive and broadly experienced cadre of faculty who are engaged in teaching as well as scholarly and research activities contributing to our discipline’s body of knowledge. As part of USF Health, our Doctor of Physical Therapy students receive instruction from physicians, nurses, public health professionals and basic science experts. Teaching and learning together form the basis for future successful collaborative practice so necessary in today’s healthcare environment.

The major begins a new cohort each July.


Accredited by Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)

Admission Information

Completed applications of qualified students with all supporting documentation, received by PTCAS by November 15 will be reviewed by the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences DPT Student Selection Committee. The most qualified applicants will be offered enrollment as a member of the next DPT Class . Letters of offer will be mailed to selected students on or about February 1. A Waiting List will be maintained of otherwise qualified applicants in the event that a class opening should occur.

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident Alien (PRA) with a Green Card in your possession before we will consider your application;
  • Minimum 3.20 (out of 4.00) GPA overall and in upper division and prerequisite coursework;
  • Note: Level of prerequisite courses must be appropriate for science majors, and must have been completed within five (5) years of date of matriculation;
  • Twenty (20) total volunteer, observational or employment hours experience with a minimum of 8 hours in each type in order to appreciate the differences in physical therapists’ responsibilities in each setting. Hours must be documented observational, volunteer or other work experiences in both hospital inpatient and outpatient physical therapy settings;
  • Two References from Licensed Physical Therapists with knowledge of the applicant’s aptitude and potential for success in professional school
  • Application to be completed through PTCAS

Curriculum Requirements

Core Course Requirements

The DPT degree program is a 3 calendar year program including two summers.

Year 1 (36 weeks)

Year 2 (42 weeks)


Contact hours @ 19 weeks = 26.6

  • PHT 6178 - Movement Science 2 Credit(s): 3
  • PHT 6285 - Scientific & Professional Foundations of Physical Therapy 2 Credit(s): 3
  • PHT 6352 - Pharmacology for Healthcare Professionals Credit(s): 4
  • PHT 6609 - Critical Assessment of the Literature/EBP Credit(s): 3
  • PHT 7264 - Neuromuscular Clinical Problem Solving Credit(s): 3
  • PHT 7265 - Cardiopulmonary & Integumentary Clinical Problem Solving Credit(s): 0 (year-long, concludes in Spring)
  • PHT 7421 - Professional Issues 1 Credit(s): 2
  • PHT 7540A - Principles of Patient/Client Management & Seminar 1 Credit(s): 1
  • PHT 7866 - Integrated Clinical Experience 1 Credit(s): 1

Contact hours @ 15 weeks = 22.7

  • PHT 7265 - Cardiopulmonary & Integumentary Clinical Problem Solving Credit(s): 3 (year-long, continued from Fall)
  • PHT 7328 - Pediatric Physical Therapy Credit(s): 3
  • PHT 7402 - Psychosocial Aspects of Physical Therapy Practice Credit(s): 3
  • PHT 7531 - Professional Issues 2 Credit(s): 3
  • PHT 7540B - Principles of Patient/Client Management & Seminar 2 Credit(s): 2
  • PHT 7777 - Musculoskeletal Clinical Problem Solving Credit(s): 4

Contact hours @ 8 weeks = 40

  • PHT 6841 - Clinical Education 1 Credit(s): 5 (10 weeks @ 40 hours)

Year 3 (43 weeks)


Contact hours @ 15 weeks = 26.5

  • PHT 7151 - Health Promotion and Wellness Credit(s): 2
  • PHT XXXX - Seminar: Contemporary Issues in Physical Therapy Credit(s): 3
  • PHT 8179 - Movement Science 3 Credit(s): 3
  • PHT 8266 - Advanced Clinical Problem Solving Credit(s): 5
  • PHT 8550 - Professional Issues 3 Credit(s): 3
  • PHT 8702 - Prosthetics and Orthotics Credit(s): 3
  • * Optional Elective Credit(s): 3
Spring / Summer

  • PHT 7842 - Clinical Education 2 Credit(s): 6 (12 weeks @ 40 hours)
  • PHT 8843 - Clinical Education 3 Credit(s): 8 (16 weeks @ 40 hours)

Graduation in August of Year 3 Credit(s): 122

Comprehensive / Qualifying Exam information

Licensure Examination following graduation and prior to initiating practice – the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE)

Concurrent Degree

Also available as a Concurrent Degrees  

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