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DPT - Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Accreditation status: The CAPTE decision regarding the DPT program's full accreditation status is expected to be announced in November 2021.

Earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree That is Invaluable

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.

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.

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.

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.

  • 36 weeks of full-time clinical practicums
  • 108 semester credit hours

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Online Info Session for DPT

November 18

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.

Apply today to start next term
Monday, August 15, 2022

Students are advised to submit applications as early as possible to assure optimal admission consideration.

CAPTE Statement

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 (3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia  22305-3085; phone: 703.706.3245; email: accreditation@apta.org). If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 863.680.5126 or email nnuzzo@flsouthern.edu.

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.

Top Reasons to choose DPT - Doctor of Physical Therapy at florida southern college

Small Classes

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.

Job Satisfaction

Forbes ranks Physical Therapy as one the "Top 10 Happiest Jobs."

Learn from the Best

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.

Employment Outlook

$85,000*
Median salary for Physical Therapists with a DPT in 2020.
*Salaries vary based on position, years of experience, degree of education, geographic location, and practice setting.
21.6%
of Physical Therapists become owners or partners in their practices.
22%
Growth in demand for physical therapists is expected by 2028.

State of the Art Facilities

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.

Meet our Mocs

Emily

Emily

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.

Adriel

Adriel

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.

Sylvia Romilus

Perseverance. I feel like this is a quality that each and every student in our inaugural class holds. Being the first was a risk that we were all willing to take, one that pushed us all out of our comfort zone to grow personally so that we can succeed professionally. These past few years have flown by so fast, but I could not imagine a better group of individuals to continue with this journey!   Being in my first clinical rotation has already provided me with so many opportunities to apply what we have learned throughout our coursework, and I have found that there are still so many aspects of Physical Therapy that I have yet to explore! At this moment I find that I am leaning towards an interest in either Pediatrics or Neuro, but we will see where these experiences will direct my focus! I am excited to continue growing throughout this profession and cannot wait to join my colleagues in making a difference through healthcare!

Will Keith

As a Lakeland native and SEU graduate in 2018, it was incredible to see a DPT program get its start here in my hometown the very year after I completed my degree. The reputation of Florida Southern College alone, along with their promise to be invested in my community, made FSC the only place I wanted to learn to become a therapist. What was even more incredible was seeing FSC DPT’s investment in the Lakeland community come to life, and to see myself and my classmates truly have an impact on the Lakeland community as we grew together and faced so much adversity.
 

Featured Physical Therapy Faculty

Dr. Alex Siyufy
- Associate Professor of Physical Therapy

Alex Siyufy DPT, ATC, SCS, Cert. MDT, Cert. DN, SFMA is a licensed Physical Therapist and Certified Athletic Trainer. Dr. Siyufy is a board-certified Sports Clinical Specialist (SCS), certified in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (Cert. MDT), certified in the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), and also holds a certification in Dry Needling (Cert. DN) from the Spinal Manipulation Institute.

Read More about Dr. Alex SiyufyMeet Our Faculty

Program Details

A high quality physical therapy doctoral program in central Florida designed to meet your professional goals to be the best physical therapist.

On-Campus

State-of-the-art physical therapy practice labs and classrooms can accommodate up to 36 students.

  • A bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a regionally accredited institution may be in progress at the time of application. However, the degree must be awarded prior to matriculation into the Florida Southern College School of Physical Therapy Program.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.00 (on 4.00 scale) in the last 60 credit hours of college course work. The average GPA for our accepted students in the last 60 credit hours is a 3.50.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.00 (on 4.00 scale) for all prerequisite courses. No more than one "C" grade will be accepted in all of the prerequisite coursework. Please see the Prerequisite GPA section below for additional details. The average GPA for our accepted students for all prerequisite courses is a 3.41.
  • A minimum of 25 hours of demonstrable exposure to PT as evidenced by volunteer and/or paid work experience in a PT setting. Please make sure to include the Physical Therapy license number of the Physical Therapist verifying your Observation hours. Please note, we do not accept observation hours verified by a PTA. The median number completed by all PTCAS applicants last year was 219.
  • Three letters of recommendation: 1 from a licensed physical therapist (from applicant’s volunteer or work experience in a PT setting); 1 from a college level faculty member who has had you in class or was a program advisor; and 1 from either of the following: a licensed physical therapist or a supervisor/employer.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for admission. Please note, the GRE must be taken within five years prior to the time of application. GRE scores must be received by the application deadline in order for an application to be considered complete. Our program "superscores" the GRE if multiple attempts have been taken.
  • An on-campus interview by invitation only.
  • If admitted, a background check is required prior to matriculation. Our program participates in the PTCAS Background Check process through Certiphi Screening.

Application materials should be submitted electronically via PTCAS.

Applicants failing to meet all of these minimum requirements will not be considered for admission to the School of Physical Therapy. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee an applicant interview or admission to the program. All applicants and admitted students to the School of Physical Therapy must certify in writing that they are able to perform certain Essential Functions in order to participate and complete program requirements.

Approximately, thirty-six (36) students will be admitted to the School of Physical Therapy each year.

Don't forget to send all GRE results directly to Florida Southern using the GRE Designated Institution (DI) Code 4525.

Prerequisite GPA

Each prerequisite course that is considered must be completed with a "C+" grade or better. If your college/university does not offer +/- grading, then you must have a "B" or higher. For separate lecture and lab grades, they may be averaged for a maximum of two courses. Only one of the prerequisite courses may be a “C” grade.

No more than two prerequisite courses may be in progress during the spring semester prior to FSC School of Physical Therapy’s start date. Courses older than ten years will not be accepted.

Online courses are not accepted for the following prerequisites: biology courses, anatomy courses, physiology courses, physics courses, or chemistry courses. In the event of a course with an online lecture paired with a face to face (F2F) lab, this may be acceptable. You will need to contact the School of Physical Therapy for verification.

Minimum Required Semester Hours Prerequisite Courses Acceptable Courses Florida Southern Course Equivalent
4 Total Semester Hours General Biology I with Lab Cell Biology or General Biology I BIO 1500 – Biology I: Biological Essentials
4 Total Semester Hours General Biology II with Lab Cell, Embryology, General Biology II, Genetics, Histology, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular, Zoology, Botany. BIO 1600 – Biology II: Biological Diversity
4 Total Semester Hours Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab OR Human Anatomy with Lab Human Anatomy and Physiology I OR Human Anatomy
**Either option MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department
BIO 2215 – Human Anatomy and Physiology I
4 Total Semester Hours Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab OR Human Physiology with Lab Human Anatomy and Physiology II OR Human Physiology
**Either option MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department
BIO 2216 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
4 Total Semester Hours General Chemistry I with Lab General Chemistry I CHE 1111 – Principles of Chemistry I
4 Total Semester Hours General Chemistry II with Lab General Chemistry II, Biochemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, OR Organic Chemistry CHE 1112 – Principles of Chemistry II OR CHE 2221 Organic Chemistry I
4 Semester Hours Physics I with Lab Physics I PHY 2010 – General Physics I (algebra based) and PHY 2051 – General Physics Lab I OR PHY 2110 General Physics I (calculus based) and PHY 2051 General Physics Lab I
4 Semester Hours Physics II with Lab Physics II PHY 2020 – General Physics II (algebra based) and PHY 2052 – General Physics Lab II OR PHY 2120 General Physics II (calculus based) and PHY 2052 General Physics Lab II
3 Semester Hours General Psychology General Psychology PSY 1106 – Psychology and The Social World
3 Semester Hours Additional Psychology course Abnormal Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Lifespan Development, etc. must be taken in the Psychology department PSY 2209 – Developmental Psychology OR refer to current FSC Academic Handbook for other courses in the Psychology department
3 Semester Hours Statistics Math Statistics, Biostatistics, OR Psychology Statistics – but course must include both descriptive and inferential statistics MAT 2022 Elementary Statistics; MAT 2032 Biostatistics; PSY 2210 – Tests and Measurements

Coursework Petitions

An applicant can petition any of their previous coursework for acceptance to the School of Physical Therapy Admissions Committee utilizing the following procedure:

  1. An applicant writes a formal letter to Dr. Alex Siyufy. The formal letter and any supporting documentation should be submitted as an attachment to an email (asiyufy@flsouthern.edu).

    • Supporting documentation may include items such as course syllabi, course assignments, and letters from the course instructor. The GPA calculation spreadsheet (available via the FSC website) must be included for Last 60 and Prerequisite GPA completed to date.
    • Note: Only the formal letter and accompanying attachments will be reviewed. Any requests made in the body of an email will not be considered for review
  2. The letter and any attachments will be presented to the Admission Committee at the next meeting (meetings typically convene every 2 weeks, however, this depends on the time of year).
  3. Each letter is reviewed by the Admissions Committee on a case-by-case basis and a decision will be communicated to the applicant via email.

Course descriptions are available in the academic catalog.

Academic Catalog

Year 1

Fall - 18 Credit Hours (16 Weeks)

Course Number Course Name
DPT 7110 Human Anatomy for Physical Therapy - 6 Credit Hours
DPT 7120 Kinesiology/Biomechanics for Physical Therapy - 3 Credit Hours
DPT 7130 Physical Therapy Clinical Assessment I - 3 Credit Hours
DPT 7140 Pathophysiology for Physical Therapy - 3 Credit Hours
DPT 7150 Evidence-Based Physical Therapist Practice I - 1 Credit Hour
DPT 7160 Integrated Professional & Community Education (PCE) I - 2 Credit Hours
DPT 7190 Information Hour I - 0 Credit Hours

Spring - 16 Credit Hours (16 Weeks)

Course Number Course Name
DPT 7210 Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy I - 4 Credit Hours
DPT 7220 Physical Therapy Clinical Assessment II - 3 Credit Hours
DPT 7230 Acute Care Physical Therapy - 2 Credit Hours
DPT 7240 Pharmacology for Physical Therapy - 2 Credit Hours
DPT 7250 Cardiopulminary Physical Therapy - 3 Credit Hours
DPT 7260 Integrated Professional & Community Education (IPCE) II - 2 Credit Hours
DPT 7290 Information Hour II - 0 Credit Hours

Summer - 14 Credit Hours (15 Weeks)

Course Number Course Name
DPT 7310 Physical Therapy Rehabilitation I - 4 Credit Hours
DPT 7320 Neuroscience for Physical Therapy - 4 Credit Hours
DPT 7330 Administration for Physical Therapy - 2 Credit Hours
DPT 7350 Evidence-Based Physical Therapist Practice II - 2 Credit Hours
DPT 7360 Integrated Professional & Community Education (IPCE) - 2 Credit Hours
DPT 7390 Information Hour III - 0 Credit Hours

Year 2

Fall 1 - 10 Credit Hours (10 Weeks)

Course Number Course Name
DPT 7480 Physical Therapy Clinical Education Practicum I - 10 Credit Hours

Fall 2 - 5 Credit Hours (4 Weeks)

Course Number Course Name
DPT 7410 Physical Therapy Rehabilitation II - 4 Credit Hours
DPT 7460 Integrated Professional and Community Education (IPCE) IV - 1 Credit Hours
DPT 7490 Information Hour IV - 0 Credit Hours

Spring - 18 Credit Hours (16 Weeks)

Course Number Course Name
DPT 7510 Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy II - 4 Credit Hours
DPT 7520 Geriatric Physical Therapy - 4 Credit Hours
DPT 7530 Pediatric Physical Therapy - 4 Credit Hours
DPT 7540 Advanced Clinical Lifespan Problem Solving - 2 Credit Hours
DPT 7550 Evidence-Based Physical Therapist Practice II - 2 Credit Hours
DPT 7560 Integrated Professional & Community Education (IPCE) V - 1 Credit Hours
DPT 7570 NPTE Review - 1 Credit Hour
DPT 7590 Information Hour V - 0 Credit Hours

Summer - 10 Credit Hours (10 Weeks)

Course Number Course Name
DPT 7680 Physical Therapy Clinical Education Practicum II - 10 Credit Hours

Year 3

FAll - 17 Credit Hours (16 Weeks)

Course Number Course Name
DPT 7780 Physical Therapy Clinical Education Practicum III - 16 Credit Hours
DPT 7790 Physical Therapy Seminar - 1 Credit Hour

Program Total - 108 hours

Florida Southern College reserves the right to revise fee schedules.

Total Estimated Costs (28 months)

  • Cost for Tuition for the 28-month program*: $105,300 (actual tuition paid at the beginning of each semester based on $975 per credit hour).

*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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the timeline to know if I’m accepted into the program?

We will have multiple interview dates and please check our PTCAS program page for more information. Interview timing will vary per year but is typically in January – March of each cycle.

Are there any additional costs associated with the DPT program?

  • Cost for Tuition for the 28-month program*: $105,300 (actual tuition paid at the beginning of each semester based on $975 per credit hour.)
  • Books and Supplies: $4,500
  • Room: $28,000 (based on $1,000/month for 28 months)
  • Board: $11,200 (based on $400/month)
  • Transportation**: $5,000
  • Misc/Personal: $3,150
  • Background Check for Clinical Sites***: $250
  • Estimated Total Cost of the Program: $157,400

*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.

Accreditation Status

Florida Southern College has been granted the status of Candidate for Accreditation, which is the pre-accreditation stage, on May 15, 2019. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation. We do anticipate the final decision regarding accreditation by CAPTE to be made during the Fall 2021 semester.

What sets your program apart from other DPT programs?

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.

Do you have any out of state clinical opportunities?

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 (863-680-4679 or FSCDPTClinicalEd@flsouthern.edu).


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Program Contact

Kimberly Smith

Admission Counselor and Advisor
 863.680.3090
863.777.4434

Department of Physical Therapy


863.680.4718