Doctorate in Physical Therapy

USF/UWF DPT Partnership Program Structure

General Information 

The program accepts applications from students completing a minimum of their last 48 hours of upper division course work at UWF toward a baccalaureate degree in an appropriate discipline, including Athletic Training, Biology, Health Sciences, Chemistry, Exercise Science, Psychology, and Sociology. Applicants are considered without regard to gender, race, marital status, or religious affiliation.

The program design is a 4 + 3 model.  A baccalaureate degree is required for admission. A Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree is awarded upon completion of the program. Applicants must have completed or be able to complete the necessary prerequisite coursework prior to matriculation into the program. The USF/UWF Partnership Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program is a limited access program with a projected enrollment of up to 12 qualified UWF graduates per class. Students admitted into the USF/UWF partnership DPT Program will spend their first year in the program in Tampa at the USF Health School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences and the final two years at UWF. All clinical education internships will be conducted at facilities in Pensacola or the surrounding Florida panhandle.

The USF Health School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service, known as PTCAS. Students applying to the entry-level professional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program will apply online using the PTCAS application. To learn more about the application process, please visit the PTCAS web site at:  Qualified applicants from UWF for the USF/UWF Partnership DPT degree program will have their applications noted for identification by the USF SPTRS Student Selection Committee.

Specific Minimum Admissions 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;
  • Have completed the last 48 hours of upper division course work toward a baccalaureate degree in an appropriate discipline at UWF;
  • Achieve a 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; 
  • Volunteer twenty (20) total 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.
  • Provide two References from Licensed Physical Therapists with knowledge of the applicant's aptitude and potential for success in professional school;
  • Write an autobiographical statement of personal values and purpose for pursuing Physical Therapy as a career.

For Applicants for whom English is not the native language, a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score is required at the time of application. This requirement may be waived by the SPTRS Selection Committee if the applicant has received an undergraduate degree from an accredited school in the United States by the time of matriculation into the DPT degree program. 

Meeting minimum admissions requirements does not guarantee admission to the USF Health School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences DPT degree program.

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Prerequisite Courses

The following prerequisites have been selected to assist in preparing candidates for our rigorous program and to fulfill the mission of our school.

Please note:  Level of courses must be appropriate for science majors, and must have been completed within five (5) years of date of matriculation.

Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and Dual Enrollment (DE) (unless DE courses were completed at a four year university) credit is NOT normally accepted as a substitution for completion of any college level prerequisite coursework unless validated by advanced coursework in the subject matter which demonstrates academic strength.


General Chemistry I (CHM 2045 - 3cr)
General Chemistry I - Laboratory (CHM 2045L -1cr)
General Chemistry II (CHM 2046 - 3cr)
General Chemistry II - Laboratory (CHM 2046L - 1cr)


General Physics (PHY 2053 - 3cr)
General Physics -- Laboratory (PHY 2053L - 1cr)
General Physics (PHY 2054 - 3cr)
General Physics - Laboratory (PHY 2054L - 1cr)


Psychological Science I (PSY 2012 - 3cr)
Gerontology - The Life Cycle (DEP 2004 - 3cr) 


Introductory Statistics (STA 2023 - 4cr)


Biology I - Cellular Processes (BSC 2010 - 3cr)
Biology I - Cellular Processes Laboratory (BSC 2010L - 1cr)

It is the preference of the DPT Student Selection Committee that students complete BSC 2093/94 course sequence.  
Human Anatomy and Physiology I (BSC 2093C - 4cr)
Human Anatomy and Physiology II (BSC 2094C - 4cr)

However, we will accept BSC 2085/86 course sequence..
Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professionals I with Lab (BSC 2085/L - 4cr)
Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professionals II with Lab (BSC 2086/L - 4cr)

Strongly Recommended Elective Courses

Organic Chemistry and/or Biochemistry
Medical Terminology
Abnormal Psychology


For additional information contact:

Dr. George Stewart, Chair
Department of Biology
University of West Florida
11000 University Parkway
Pensacola, FL  32514
Voice:  (850) 473-7226