The mission of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Central Florida is to educate students to be compassionate, competent, confident, and able to practice in a variety of healthcare settings. The graduates will be highly dedicated professionals with excellent ability in patient skills, communication, critical thinking, patient education and advocacy, management and research. They will be life-long learners and ethical practitioners.
The DPT 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 with no opportunity to take courses other than those prescribed by the program. The program includes multiple clinical practica and internships ranging from six weeks to twelve weeks long. Applicants need to note that one or more of the clinical practica may be assigned at a site sufficiently removed from the Orlando area and may require the student to provide transportation and housing. Students who successfully complete the course of study will be granted the Doctorate in Physical Therapy degree, enabling the graduate to take the national board examination leading to state licensure as a Physical Therapist. The UCF DPT 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 Program in Physical Therapy is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education.
The University of Central Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, master's, specialist and doctoral levels. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Central Florida.
UCF’s Program in Physical Therapy is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education.
International Student Requirements:
In order to enroll in graduate classes, students must have obtained a baccalaureate or higher degree, prior to the start of the term for which the student is admitted, from a regionally accredited institution or from a recognized foreign institution. International students are not eligible for nondegree/certificate status unless they hold an eligible visa. International applicants are encouraged to begin the application process early. Also, international applicants should ensure all supporting documents, including those required to issue an I-20, are received by the stated application deadline. Only official documentation is accepted and it is the student's responsibility to submit all documents by the application deadline.