The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at Florida Southern College prepares physical therapy practitioners through dynamic engaged learning experiences and equips them with skills to provide patient-centered, evidence-based care.
An online webinar for prospective doctoral students to learn more about Florida Southern College's School of Physical Therapy. This event is designed to present on overview of our DPT program, provide an opportunity to connect with faculty and hear testimonials from current students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
Students are advised to submit applications as early as possible to assure optimal admission consideration.
You’ll complete your DPT in two and a half years so you can get a jump start on taking your licensure exams and applying for jobs.
Our DPT classes are all face-to-face
and limited to just 36 students. In this intimate setting, you’ll have the benefit of hands-on learning and extra attention from your professors.
Florida Southern College has invested millions of dollars in constructing brand new classrooms and laboratories featuring the most up-to-date physical therapy technology and equipment.
All of our full-time school of physical therapy faculty members have unique specialty expertise in such areas of orthopedics, neurological, or cardio pulmonary physical therapy.
Learn from some of the best professors in the field. Your classmates will also become lifelong colleagues and friends. At Florida Southern, the DPT program combines evidence-based didactic coursework with hands-on experiences that help you become a well-rounded clinician and healthcare provider.
Effective 5/15/19, Florida Southern College School of Physical Therapy has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703.706.3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org). If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 863.680.5126 or email email@example.com.
Candidate for Accreditation is an accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status does not assure that the program will be granted initial accreditation.
You’ll build the skills and experience necessary to launch a successful physical therapy career in one of the nation’s top-rated, fastest-growing professions.
"22% job growth by 2028."-Bureau of Labor Statistics
"Top 10 happiest jobs."-Forbes
"21.6% Entrepreneurship. Many physical therapists become owners or partners in their practices."-American Physical Therapy Association
"$87,930 median DPT salary in 2018."-Bureau of Labor Statistics
I chose Florida Southern because, when I interviewed, I could really tell that the faculty cared about us as people. They are so genuine and authentic, I felt like they could really take us in as a class and make it more of a family feel. Instead of teacher vs. students, it’s more of a comprehensive and cohesive feeling.
I think the selling point of two and a half years for a program, the fact that we finish half a year early, is very beneficial because we get a head start compared to other students in other PT programs. I have six months over everyone else. If you want to have a personal educational experience, this is where you need to be.
A high quality physical therapy doctoral program in central Florida designed to meet your professional goals to be the best physical therapist.
State-of-the-art physical therapy practice labs and classrooms can accommodate up to 36 students.
Course descriptions are available in the academic catalog.
Florida Southern College reserves the right to revise fee schedules.
*Tuition will be billed prior to the beginning of each semester based on credit hours. Tuition must be paid by the first day of class.
Don't forget to send all GRE results directly to Florida Southern using the GRE Designated Institution (DI) Code 4525.
Our program will accept applications through our deadline in February of each year. Our program plans to have on-site interviews in March and April, with invitations being extended at least 3 weeks in advance. All applicants will be required to attend an on-campus interview in Lakeland, Florida. After the interview, applicants should be notified of an admissions decision within 2-4 weeks.
*Tuition paid at the beginning of each year.
**Estimated transportation costs may vary for student clinical education practicum based on the clinical site location.
***Estimated according to clinical site requirement.
Effective 5/15/19, Florida Southern College School of Physical Therapy has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703.706.3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org). If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 863.680.5126 or email email@example.com. Candidate for Accreditation is an accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status does not assure that the program will be granted initial accreditation.
One of the innovative parts of our curriculum is the Integrated Professional and Community Education (IPCE). The purpose of the IPCE course series is to provide students the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills learned during didactic coursework while meeting essential community needs. On a weekly basis, all of our students will provide volunteer services at one of four community organizations the program partners with. This is a unique opportunity that exposes the students to work with patients/clients across the lifespan, within the environment in which they live, work and age; and better prepares them to deliver physical therapy services that meet the needs of an increasingly diverse and evolving society.
Yes, we have clinical agreements with many states throughout the United States. Additionally, if you have a specific area or location that you would like for your clinical practicum, we are very open to facilitating a new agreement that would be a good fit for the program and the student. Please feel free to discuss this more with our Director of Clinical Education, Dr. Christine Morgan.
DPT Office Coordinator