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DPT - Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Our next admission cycle will open in July 2020.

Please check the PTCAS website at that time.


Starting in June 2020

  • FSC DPT understands that COVID-19 has created extenuating circumstances and has transitioned universities to a remote delivery model. If your lab course was transitioned to an online format, we will still accept the coursework toward prerequisites for the Spring and/or Summer 2020 semesters.
  • Pass/Fail coursework: During this time, we are learning that many institutions are offering students the option of completing their spring 2020 semester as a Pass/Fail or letter grade option. We are encouraging all prospective applicants to opt for the letter grade option if that is available.

If this is not an option for your individual situation, we ask that you e-mail our program to further discuss your options.

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

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.

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

Accelerated Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

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

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.

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.

Expert Faculty

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.

Earn a DPT 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.

"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

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.

Learn More about the DPT Program

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.

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 (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; 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 a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.

Class Format Options

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On-Campus

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

Program Information

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.

Admission Requirements

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

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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

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.

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

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: 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 a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.

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.


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Program Contact

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DPT Office Coordinator
phone 863.680.4718

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