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Physical Therapy Program
Nova Southeastern University
3632 Queen Palm Drive
Tampa, Florida 33619
(813) 574-5309
ptinfo@nova.edu

For more information, use our contact form, visit NSU's Tampa Campus 
or email the Tampa Program Director: maryb@nova.edu

Accreditation

The Hybrid Entry Level DPT (HE-DPT) program is CAPTE accredited  (Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: www.capteonline.org) as an expansion of the Ft. Lauderdale program.

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Physical Therapy (Professional DPT - Tampa)

Frequently Asked Questions

The application opens in PTCAS in Mid-July. 

The application deadline for PT-CAS is mid- November.  The 2017 application cycle (for the class entering May 2018) officially closes on 11/15/17. 

After a review of your application, The Committee on Admissions determines which applicants, who have met all admissions criteria, are invited for an interview.

Yes.  Once your application has been processed by PTCAS, The admission department at Nova Southeastern University will send the applicant a supplemental application.   It typically takes several weeks before an applicant receives the supplemental application. 

You should recieve the link to the NSU supplemental application right away.  

If you applied and have not yet receieved the link, you may access it by visiting  http://healthsciences.nova.edu/pt/hedpt-tampa/application_procedures.html scroll to the bottom of the page and access the supplemental application where it states the following:

  • Applicants can always check the status of their applications by logging into their webstar account by clicking here
There you will be able to create a login id and password and complete the supplemental application and pay the $50 fee.
If you have any difficulty accessing the supplemental application please feel free to contact Mr. Eric Derise at ederise@nova.edu

If you have not completed all admissions requirements (for example, your bachelor’s degree or prerequisite courses) you may still be considered by the Committee on Admissions.  Any offer of admission that you receive; however, will be contingent upon your satisfactory completion of all admissions requirements.

The first term of each cohort begins during the Summer Semester which is typically at the end of May each year.

This program takes 4 years to complete.  The final 9 months are spent in full-time clinical internships.

Tuition is the same as the Traditional Face-to-Face program in Ft. Lauderdale, but it is prorated over the 4 years.

Students are allowed to work while in the program.  The majority of our students work at least part time and some even work full-time.  The amount and type of work a student can handle while in the program varies from person to person.  The flexible format of the program allows students the opportunity to work, it is important to keep in mind that it is still a full-time doctoral program. 

Your application is verified and processed by many people behind the scenes.  On average it will take 6-8 weeks before your application is reviewed by the Committee on Admissions and get a response.

Early decision is a binding option for applicants who have decided that the Hybrid DPT program is their first choice and that they will enroll if accepted. As an early decision applicant, you can apply to only 1 PTCAS program until a decision on your application has been made by the Committee on Admission. For more information on NSU early decision process please see http://www.ptcas.org/ptcas/public/Listing.aspx?seqn=1613&navid=10737426784

Yes.  But applications will not be reviewed until all required items are properly submitted.  

If you have questions related to admissions, please contact Mr. Eric DeRise at 813-574-5278 or ederise@nova.edu.  

For program related questions, please contact Dr. Mary Blackinton at 813-574-5311 or maryb@nova.edu.

To keep class sizes small, we anticipate a class of 40-44 students each year. 

For your application to be considered for admission to the DPT program - Tampa, you must meet the minimum requirements for GPA of 3.0  in all three categories:

  • Science and Math
  • Prerequisites
  • Overall GPA.

Students may obtain financial aid from public and/or private sources.  Part of planning for entry should include planning for the financial situation faced by our students. For specific questions regarding financial aid, please see:   NSU Financial Aid Office. The newsletter is available on the NSU financial aid website at http://www.nova.edu/financialaid/forms/dollars_sense_fallwinter15.pdf.

No.  The flexibility of the Tampa -DPT program allows students to live where they would like.  Our students live all across the continental United States.

No.  The DPT - Tampa program is delivered with a thoughtful and purposeful blending of face-to-face and online instruction.  Every month students are required to attend the face-to-face weekend institute.  These institutes occur Thursday - Sunday and are almost always 4 weeks apart from one another.  Sometimes the institutes are more than 4 weeks apart due to various breaks and holidays. 

Yes.  Attendance of all weekend institutes is mandatory and not negotiable. 

Hybrid students can access faculty via several methods including but not limited to appointments scheduled face to face, online through Skype, GoToMeeting, FaceTime, and Google Hangouts.

Yes.  The hybrid faculty members work full-time at the Tampa Campus during both the online and face-to-face portions of the program.   The only exception, are the adjunct faculty members who teach a few of classes within the curriculum. 

PTCAS
P.O. Box 9112
Watertown, MA 02471

No.  There is no grade forgivness. When calculating your GPA all earned grades are included and averaged together in the GPA calculations.  For example, if you oringinally earned a "C" in Physics I,  then retook Physics I and earned an "A", the caculated GPA would average these two grades.  The "A" does not replace the "C".

No.  During clinical internships students do not come to the Tampa Campus.  

After completion of your final internship, students return to the Tampa Campus for one week to prepare for graduation and the licensure examination.