Program Profile

University of South Florida


Matt Smith
Program Specialist
School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences
University of South Florida
12901 North Bruce B. Downs Blvd., MDC77
Tampa, FL  33612-4399


PTCAS application deadline11/16/2015
Deadline typeFirm
Program has rolling admissions process? No
Important dates

Please check website at for Open House announcements and other important information.


Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?No


If supplemental materials are required, send directly to the PT program.

Supplemental FEE required?No
Supplemental fee amount$0.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?No
Deadline for supplemental materials 


Custom (program-specific) questions on the PTCAS application
1.   Have you previously applied to this PT education program?
2.   If you are reapplying to this program, how have you strengthened your application?


General informationAdvanced 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.
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?Yes
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology departmentYes
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Course subjectCourse level4-YearLab HoursAcceptable coursesCourse description
Anatomy & Physiology IGeneral or CollegeVariesReq.SH: 4A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
A&P: Human
This course includes basic biochemistry, cell structure and function, tissues, anatomical terminology, anatomy and physiology of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems.
Anatomy & Physiology IIGeneral or CollegeVariesReq.SH: 4A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
A&P: Human
Anatomy and physiology of the autonomic, nervous, endocrine, lymphatic, immune, respiratory, digestive, excretory and reproductive systems.
Biology IGeneral or CollegeVariesReq.SH: 4Biology: General
The course deals with biological systems at the cellular and subcellular levels. Topics include an introduction to biochemistry, cell structure and function, enzymes, respiration, mitosis and meiosis, genetics and gene expression.
Chemistry IGeneral or CollegeVariesReq.SH: 4Chemistry: Biochemistry
Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry: Organic
Principles and applications of chemistry including properties of substances and reactions, thermochemistry, atomic-nuclear structure and bonding, periodic properties of elements and compounds.
Chemistry IIGeneral or CollegeVariesReq.SH: 4Chemistry: Biochemistry
Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry: Organic
Principles and applications of chemistry including solutions, chemical thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibria, aqueous chemistry, electrochemistry and nuclear chemistry.
Physics IGeneral or CollegeVariesReq.SH: 4Physics I
Principles and applications of chemistry including solutions, chemical thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibria, aqueous chemistry, electrochemistry and nuclear chemistry.
Physics IIGeneral or CollegeVariesReq.SH: 4Physics II
A second semester of non-calculus based general physics. Topics studied include electricity and magnetism, optics and modern physics.
PsychologyGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.SH: 3Psychology: Abnormal
This course includes descriptions, theoretical explanations, research evidence, and treatment of maladaptive behavior.

Coursework older than 5 years not accepted.
PsychologyGeneral or CollegeVariesN/ASH: 3Psychology: Life Span Development
The Life Cycle course is an examination of individuals and the physical, cognitive, personality and social changes which occur throughout the entire life span.
PsychologyGeneral or CollegeVariesN/ASH: 3Psychology: General
The course is an introduction to psychology. It presents psychological theory and methods in a survey of various areas including clinical, cognitive, developmental, health, industrial, social and biopsychology.
StatisticsGeneral or CollegeVariesN/ASH: 3Biology: Biostatistics
Business: Statistics
Mathematics: Statistics
Psychology: Statistics
Descriptive and inferential statistics, principles of probability theory, discrete and continuous probability distributions, binomial probability distribution, Poisson probability distribution, uniform probability distribution, normal dist and more.


Is GRE required?No


Number of references required by program2
Evaluator typeApplicant must send one reference from this SPECIFIC type of evaluatorApplicant must send reference from ONE OR MORE evaluators in category to fulfill program's requirementsEvaluator type ACCEPTEDEvaluator type NOT accepted
Physical Therapist-1X   
Physical Therapist-2X   
Professor in Major   X
Professor   X
Academic   X
Supervisor/Employer   X
Teaching Assistant   X
Pre-PT Advisor   X
Politician   X
Health Care Professional   X
Friend   X
Family Member   X
Co-worker   X
Clergy   X
Other   X


Program's PT hours requirementPT hours are required - a licensed physical therapist must verify hours with signed form
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED20
PAID experienceAccepted/Considered
VOLUNTEER experienceAccepted/Considered
INPATIENT experienceRequired
OUTPATIENT experienceRequired
Additional information about program's PT hours requirementA minimum of 8 hours in each setting type of (inpatient and outpatient) physical therapy is required. A licensed Physical Therapist must complete the Clinical Observation Hours form.



Citizenship types eligible for admissionU.S. citizens
U.S. permanent residents
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) courseworkDo not send any foreign documentation. PT program only considers U.S. courses
Program policy for CANADIAN courseworkDo not send any Canadian documentation
Additional information about program's policy on foreign courseworkTOEFL is required for non-native speakers. Contact USF directly for more information.


Is a Deposit Required for Accepted Applicants?No
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?No
PT program start date for entering class8/1/2016
Size of most recent entering class48
Anticipated size of next entering class48
Percent of IN-STATE applicants accepted70%
Percent of WICHE applicants accepted0%
Percent of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted30%
Percent of CANADIAN applicants accepted0%
Percent of INTERNATIONAL (non-U.S./non-Canadian) applicants accepted0%
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As an integral part of the USF College of Medicine and USF Health system, the School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences offers you top-notch classroom and clinical experience in your entry-level preparation as a physical therapy practitioner.

Our innovative, integrated, interprofessional Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) curriculum, which places physical therapy students alongside medical students in foundational basic and clinical science courses during year 1 of studies, is one of the many reasons students are choosing to come to Tampa for their professional education. The School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences boasts an impressive and broadly experienced cadre of faculty who are engaged in teaching as well as scholarly and research activities contributing to our discipline's body of knowledge. As part of USF Health, our Doctor of Physical Therapy students receive instruction from physicians, nurses, public health professionals and basic science experts. Teaching and learning together form the basis for future successful collaborative practice so necessary in today’s healthcare environment.

* Three-year comprehensive curriculum with extensive clinical education in a variety of locations including the USF Physical Therapy Center.

* Opportunities are offered for participation in a student run pro bono clinic and service learning outreach activities.

* Classrooms and teaching laboratories are state-of-the-art with instruction conducted in a wireless environment.

* 6,000 square foot Human Functional Performance Laboratory with the latest instrumentation to study human movement and function.

* Our students have an exceptional pass rate on the National Physical Therapy Examination, the examination required for licensure and practice as a physical therapist. USF School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences graduates have consistently scored at or above state and national averages on the NPTE.

* USF has been continuously accredited by CAPTE to offer entry-level physical therapy education since the graduation of our first class in 2001.
Last Updated: 06/03/2015