Important Update of Prerequisite Courses
Recently the DPT faculty approved an updated list of required courses necessary for admission into the UCF Doctor of Physical Therapy program. This updated prerequisite list will be published in the 2013-2014 Graduate Catalog going live May 1, 2013. This change is effective immediately and will be applied to all applicants from this date moving forward. The primary difference is the requirement for both Biology AND Anatomy and Physiology and the removal of the Developmental Psychology course. The new prerequisite requirements are listed below:
Each of the following prerequisite undergraduate courses must be completed with a minimum grade of “C”. The overall grade point average for all prerequisite courses should be a minimum of 3.0. It is recommended these prerequisite courses be completed prior to applying to the program. No more than two (2) courses may be in progress the semester prior (spring ) to the starting semester in the program (summer). All prerequisite courses must be complete prior to entering the program in the summer. The following courses are prerequisites to the DPT program:
- General Psychology (3 credits) – PSY 2012
- Statistical Methods (3 credits) – STA 2023
- General Biology (6 credits or more) – BSC 2010C, BSC 2011C
All of the following require labs:
- Anatomy and Physiology (8 credits) – ZOO 3733C, PCB 3703C
- Chemistry (8 credits) – CHM 2045C, CHM 2046C (or higher)
- Physics (8 credits) – PHY 2053C, PHY 2054C (or higher)
Please refer to course descriptions in the UCF Undergraduate Catalog to determine course equivalency.
OVERVIEW OF THE PROGRAM
The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program educates students to become competent, compassionate, and ethical practitioners in a variety of health care settings. Graduates will be highly dedicated professionals with excellent patient care, communication, critical thinking, patient education and advocacy, management and research skills.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program is a full-time professional doctoral program requiring completion of 112 credits beyond the bachelor’s degree. The course work is taken in a prescribed sequence over nine semesters as provided here and all course work is required. The program requires a total of 34 weeks of full-time clinical training. During the clinical affiliations, students work under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Central Florida is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org
MISSION, VISION, GOALS, aND BELIEFS
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 Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Central Florida, through its collaborative efforts, will be distinguished for:
- The quality of our students, our faculty, and our commitment to the program and to the profession.
- Being a major intellectual resource for the community and as a role model in all areas of the profession for our students.
- Fostering a climate in which creativity and innovation flourish and enrich our involvement in scholarship, service, and teaching.
- Faculty that are actively involved participants, dedicated to the quality of life in the Central Florida community, and responsive to the needs of the University, our diverse student body, and the Central Florida community.
- Graduates who are leaders in the profession, in the community, the state, and on a national front.
- To prepare Physical Therapists who are committed to their profession through active participation in their communities, and their advocacy for patients.
- To meet the needs of the changing healthcare environment, and to provide quality physical therapy education for students at the University of Central Florida. The work of faculty encompasses teaching, practice, research and service activities to accomplish this goal.
- To inspire physical therapy students throughout their education process at UCF of the value of multidisciplinary collaboration by encouraging interdepartmental relationships and relationships with the community in education, research and service activities.
- To serve students who are diverse in age, ethnic and racial identity and socioeconomic background.
- To foster an environment of creativity and innovation by using state-of-the–art technology.
- We believe that membership in the APTA enhances professional development and that promoting membership should begin during entry-level physical therapy education.
- We believe in the importance of the APTA Guide to Physical Therapy Practice, the APTA Code of Ethics and the APTA Guide for Professional Conduct and use these documents throughout our curriculum.
- We believe in the APTA Normative Model for Physical Therapist Professional Education State practice acts and we support the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education and the Evaluative Criteria for Educational Programs for Preparation of Physical Therapists.
- We believe that Physical Therapists should uphold the scientific foundations of the practice of physical therapy and the ethical principles of the profession.
- We believe that Physical Therapists should lead by example in the areas of health, wellness, and prevention by being active participants in the community.
- We believe in respect for the values of others and the development of critical thinking and moral decision-making.
- We believe in respect for individual and cultural differences and we encourage understanding the culture of individuals and groups.
- We believe in the creation of a learning environment that fosters reflective thinking, life-long learning and intellectual curiosity.
Physical Therapy Videos
Meet alumna Karlyn Dauplaise (M.S., physical therapy, ’06) a physical therapist at Florida Hospital in Orlando.
Graduation Rate –
The graduation rate of students over the past three cohorts of DPT students who began the program (Class of 2011, 2012, 2013) is 93%.
Licensure Pass Rate – All of the graduating students (100%) of the Class of 2011, 2012, and 2013 passed the national physical therapy licensure examination. The first attempt pass rates of these three classes averaged 94%, with an overall pass rate of 100%. Please see the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, www.fsbpt.org, for further details.
Employment Rate – All of the graduating students (100%) of the Class of 2011, 2012, and 2013 were employed within six months after passing the licensure examination.
According to numerous national reporting agencies, the job outlook for competent physical therapists should remain strong well into the 2lst century.
Although physical therapists may work in hospitals or medical centers, more than 70% are employed in rehab centers, sports facilities, home health settings, pediatric facilities, research institutions, nursing centers and many other large corporations. In addition, physical therapists may be employees or serve as owners or partners in private practice settings.
For further information on training, other qualifications, employment, job outlook, earnings and other sources, visit http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Physical-therapists.htm
According toa recent article in Yahoo! Financials, physical therapy is one of the fastest growing fields in the country today. Here are the facts:
Median pay: $75,900
Top pay: $97,800
10-year job growth: 30%
Total jobs: 190,000
The job: Health care is a booming field, and the demand for physical therapists is increasing apace. You'll need to go back to school to learn the techniques for increasing patient mobility and decreasing pain, but the two- to three-year graduate program is still far shorter than the time it takes to become a doctor. You can do a nursing degree in that time, but pay and satisfaction are better for PTs.
How to switch: You'll need a master's or the increasingly common three-year doctorate. Learn more at apta.org.
Quality of life ratings:
Personal satisfaction: A
Benefit to society: A
Low stress: C
Physical Therapy Named Best Job in 2012
Significant Growth Expected in Field of Physical Therapy
HOW TO APPLY TO THE PROGRAM
Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to the most commonly asked questions regarding the Physical Therapy program.
Please note: The Documentation of Observation Hours Form must be submitted to UCF Graduate Admissions along with your application.
For information on program curriculum, prerequisites and admission requirements, visit www.graduate.ucf.edu.
For an application, visit www.graduate.ucf.edu/gradonlineapp/.
Patrick S. Pabian, PT, DPT, SCS, OCS, CSCS
Clinical Associate Professor
HPA I- 256
Samantha Moya, M.Ed.
Coordinator of Academic Support & Services
HPA I - 261
*Contact Samantha for admissions inquiries