Physical Therapy School Category: Physical Therapy Programs
General Program Description
The physical therapy program at the University of Central Florida is an accredited entry-level curriculum leading to a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. It is a three-year professional program (nine consecutive semesters) beginning each May. The program requires students to have a bachelor’s degree to apply. Graduation is in May and graduates will be eligible to take the state licensure examination in any state in the United States or comparable examination in foreign countries with practice acts regulating the practice of health professionals. Graduates of UCF’s program are prepared to practice in an ethical, legal, compassionate, and effective manner in a variety of acute, outpatient, rehabilitative or private health care settings, providing both physical and psychosocial intervention.
There is one 6-week, two 8-week and one 12-week clinical rotation during the three years of study. Other clinical experiences and field trips on specific topics are integrated throughout the curriculum, utilizing many of the healthcare systems and practices in the Orlando area.
At the end of a five-year transition, there will be 10 full-time professors, three part-time faculty members, and numerous adjunct faculty for a maximum of 96 students. Of the full-time core faculty, 100% hold post-professional doctoral degrees, and four are engaged in clinical practice. Over the past 3 years, the faculty have averaged greater one publication in peer-reviewed journals per year. The current faculty to student ratio is 1:14.5.
Total enrollment at the university exceeds 60,000 students. The physical therapy program traditionally accepts 36 students in each cohort.
Applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. The verbal, quantitative, and analytical portions of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) are required and applicants must earn a competitive GRE quantitative and verbal scores within the last five years. Applicants are expected to earn a competitive GPA have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all prerequisites with a minimum grade of “C” earned in each prerequisite course. Prerequisites courses include: one semester of general psychology, one semester of statistics, two semesters of general biology, one semester of human anatomy with lab, one semester of human physiology with lab, two semesters of general college physics with labs, and two semesters of general chemistry with labs. A minimum of 30 observation hours under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist is required. A resume, a biographical essay and three letters of recommendation are required (at least one must be from a licensed physical therapist). Applicants are accepted until November 15th, yearly. The top candidates will be invited for an interview. Approximately 15% of qualified applicants are admitted to the program (3-year average). Complete information about the program and it’s admissions process can be found on the web site http://www2.cohpa.ucf.edu/health.pro/physical_therapy.shtml and applicants are encouraged to check this site often for updates and important application/admission information.
95% of admitted students graduate from the program (last 3 classes). 100% of the most recent class passed the state-licensing exam successfully. 100% of the last three years classes passed the state-licensing exam successfully.
Tuition, fees and financial aid
Graduate tuition and fees total per hour $594 for Florida Residents and $1418 for nonresidents for the 2012-2013 academic year. On-campus housing ranges from $3,500 to $4,900 and off-campus housing begin approximately $375 per month. A limited number of loans, scholarships, and grants are available to highly qualified students. The department annually awards up to two scholarships to students with a special interest in pediatrics and one for geriatrics. Please contact the Office of Financial Assistance (407-823-2827), Office of Graduate Studies (407-823-2766), and College of Health and Public Affairs (407-823-0010) for more details.
UCF is conveniently located in northeast Orlando. The campus is safe, secure and located in a suburban environment. It is a 25-minute commute to the Orlando International Airport, a 30-minute commute to Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and Sea World, and a one-hour commute to the Disney World area. Cocoa Beach and Daytona Beach are 45 minutes from the campus. There are numerous extracurricular activities available in the surrounding area. From hunting, to fishing, to canoeing, to hiking, Central Florida is home for all outdoor enthusiasts. The 20-minute drive to downtown Orlando in combination with UCF’s campus activities allow for multiple cultural and entertainment activity opportunities. Numerous intercollegiate and intramural athletics are available on campus, as well as a brand new state-of-the-art Fitness and Wellness Center. There are approximately 250 clubs and organizations on campus.
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