The Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy program selects students based on cumulative grade point average (GPA), prior academic performance, work experience, references, interview, completed application and recommendations. The general requirements include:
- A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
- A minimum of 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a four point scale.
- A minimum of 3.0 prerequisite grade point average (GPA) on a four point scale.
- A minimum of 3.0 science & math grade point average (GPA) on a four point scale.
- A grade of C or better in each of the following prerequisite courses:
Note: applied sciences are not acceptable for admission.
||2 semesters (one general psychology and an additional psychology or sociology)
|Anatomy and Physiology
||2 semesters (anatomy and physiology may be combined or separate)
||2 semesters with lab
||2 semesters with lab
||1 semester of composition or writing
- Three recommendations on the required PTCAS evaluation form, one must be from an employer (present or past).
- GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores from the ETS (Educational Testing Service) no later than March 1st of the entry year. The Admission Committee will not consider the application until the official GRE scores are received. GRE scores must be no more than 5 years old.
- An understanding about the profession of physical therapy and current issues being addressed by the American Physical Therapy Association (www.APTA.org)
- Exposure and/or understanding of physical therapy practice settings such as outpatient, acute care, skilled nursing facilities, home health, and specialty practice settings.
During the curriculum, students must use computer skills such as word processing, spread sheets, and presentation software. It is recommended that students have course work or self-study to meet these needs. Also, students should have a working knowledge of medical terminology.
Upon review of a student’s individual record, the Committee on Admissions may require additional course work and testing as a condition of acceptance. No prior graduate credits can be transferred or counted toward the DPT degree.
Inquiries should be directed to:
HPD-Coordinator of Student Services/Recruitment
Tampa Campus, College of Health Care Sciences
3632 Queen Palm Drive, Tampa, FL 33619
Office: (813) 574-5278, ext. 45278
Fax: (813) 574-5280
Office of Admissions
Physical Therapy Program
Nova Southeastern University
3200 South University Drive
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33328
(954) 262-1101 or (877) 640-0218