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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Physical Therapy (MPT)

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Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)
CIP Code: 51.2308
College of Medicine (MD)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 0

Contact Information:
College of Medicine
Medical Sciences Department (MED)
12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd MDC77
Tampa FL  33612

Program Director or Coordinator:
Laura Swisher
Phone: 813-974-6203


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Program Information

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 todays healthcare environment.

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: ---
Spring: ---
Summer: November 15

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: ---
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Completed applications of qualified students with all supporting documentation, received by PTCAS by November 15, 2016 will be reviewed by the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences DPT Student Selection Committee. The 48 most qualified applicants will be offered enrollment as a member of the DPT Class of 2020. Letters of offer will be mailed to selected students on or about February 1, 2017. A Waiting List will be maintained of otherwise qualified applicants in the event that a class opening should occur.

Program Admission Requirements

  • 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 3.2 (out of 4.0) 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

Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements

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

Core Course Requirements
Year 1 (36 weeks)


Course Name


BMS 5005

Professions of Health


BMS 6206

Medical Biochemistry


BMS 6640

Medical Science 1: Musculoskeletal System


BMS 6641

Medical Science 2: Neuroscience


BMS 6633

Medical Science 3: Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Systems


BMS 6639

Medical Science 4: Excretory & Reproductive Systems


PHT 6174

Movement Science 1 (total lab hours including enhanced anatomy=30)


PHT 6205

Doctoring for Physical Therapists (Pass/Fail)


PHT 6274

Clinical Reasoning for Physical Therapists


PHT 6284

Scientific & Professional Foundations of Physical Therapy 1 (lab=60 hrs)


PHT 7864

Integrated Clinical Experience 1


Year 2 (42 weeks)

Fall 2

Contact hours @ 19 weeks = 26.6

PHT 6178

Movement Science 2


PHT 6285

Scientific & Professional Foundations of Physical Therapy 2


PHT 6352

Pharmacology for Healthcare Professionals


PHT 6609

Critical Assessment of the Literature/EBP


PHT 7264

Neuromuscular Clinical Problem Solving


PHT 7265

Cardiopulmonary & Integumentary Clinical Problem Solving (year-long, concludes in Spring)


PHT 7421

Professional Issues 1


PHT 7540A

Principles of Patient/Client Management & Seminar 1


PHT 7866

Integrated Clinical Experience 1


Spring 2

Contact hours @ 15 weeks = 22.7


PHT 7265

Cardiopulmonary & Integumentary Clinical Problem Solving (year-long, continued from Fall)


PHT 7328

Pediatric Physical Therapy


PHT 7402

Psychosocial Aspects of Physical Therapy Practice


PHT 7531

Professional Issues 2


PHT 7540B

Principles of Patient/Client Management & Seminar 2


PHT 7777

Musculoskeletal Clinical Problem Solving


Summer 2

Contact hours @ 8 weeks = 40


PHT 6841

Clinical Education 1 (10 weeks @ 40 hours)


Year 3 (43 weeks)

Fall 3

Contact hours @ 15 weeks = 26.5

PHT 7151

Health Promotion and Wellness



Seminar: Contemporary Issues in Physical Therapy


PHT 8179

Movement Science 3


PHT 8266

Advanced Clinical Problem Solving


PHT 8550

Professional Issues 3


PHT 8702

Prosthetics and Orthotics



Optional Elective


Spring / Summer 3


PHT 7842

Clinical Education 2 (12 weeks @ 40 hours)


PHT 8843

Clinical Education 3 (16 weeks @ 40 hours)


Graduation in August of Year 3


Comprehensive / Qualifying Exam information
Licensure Examination following graduation and prior to initiating practice the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE)

College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


USF Degree Requirements


Financial Assistance

Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships


Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

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New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.


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