A Degree Designed for Modern PT Practice
Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in Florida
Expand your knowledge, enhance your skills, and jump-start your career in a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program in Florida.
A Degree Designed for Modern PT Practice
The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) is proud to offer an innovative Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program that prepares graduates to launch their career in the field. For more than 40 years, USAHS has been at the cutting edge of physical therapy education; in fact, we’re the largest PT school in the United States. USAHS’ physical therapy graduate programs on our Florida campuses are second to none for preparing PT students for the real-life practice of the PT profession.
Our faculty-practitioners have experience in both the classroom and the clinic, offering you a chance for mentorship and practical learning. At USAHS, you’ll gain access to high-tech resources, top-of-the-line simulation centers, and opportunities for hands-on practice with real and mock patients.
Residential or Flex—You Choose
Accelerate Your Education: the Residential DPT
Ready for total immersion in a rigorous PT program? The Residential DPT format offers a blend of didactic courses and in-person labs designed to maximize your learning and retention. With three start dates per year (September, January, and May), you can begin the Residential DPT program in Florida when you’re ready. In less than three years on physical therapy residency program,* you’ll walk away with a degree from a renowned institution and the skills to launch a stellar career.
Flex DPT: Transition into Your Career
Earn your degree at your own pace with USAHS’ Flex format. A great option for those who are living a distance from campus or juggling personal and professional responsibilities, the Flex DPT keeps you on track to earn your degree within an expanded time frame. It’s a format that affords non-traditional students a smooth transition to career fulfillment and success. Over 12 trimesters (four years),* you’ll gain essential PT knowledge and skills in your online courses, and you’ll participate in on-campus labs during select weekends each month.
Earn Your DPT Degree at One of Our Two Florida Locations
With a fully accredited DPT program offered on two Florida campuses, USAHS is unrivaled in the Sunshine State. Our Miami and St. Augustine campuses provide the same high quality of hands-on education, clinical equipment, and faculty mentorship. Eager to explore the top-ranked physical therapy schools in Florida? Expect unparalleled opportunities for practical rehabilitation science learning, networking, and cultural experiences.
Take the Next Step in St. Augustine
Spanish colonial architecture and sandy shores await you in St. Augustine. The USAHS St. Augustine campus is a vibrant community situated near a bustling downtown and the coastline of eastern Florida. Take advantage of the physical therapy department’s ultramodern resources and amenities, including Anatomage Tables, clinical simulation labs, and 3D printers. With a distinguished health science faculty and a storied history, our St. Augustine campus is an ideal setting for the next step on your career journey.
Getting to the Campus Address:
The campus is located right off of University Blvd just south of historic downtown St. Augustine.
1 University Blvd
St. Augustine, FL 32086
Parking: Students are not permitted to park in the north, west, and south patient/ visitor/ staff/ faculty parking lots from 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Students that park in these lots will face a parking citation of $25.00. Students can park in the west and south visitor/ staff/ faculty parking lots after 5:00 p.m. Students are permitted to park in front of the main entrance for up to 15 minutes to deliver items to faculty/staff or pick up items.
USAHS Miami: A World-Class Campus in a World-Class City
A world-class city, Miami is renowned for its rich heritage, tropical weather, and diverse culture. The USAHS Miami campus is located in scenic Coral Gables, a short drive from white-sand beaches and downtown Miami. Featuring high-tech motion measurement devices, telehealth robotics, and immersive clinical laboratories, the Miami campus will prepare you to be an innovative practitioner and qualified physical therapist, whether you remain in this stunning city or take your practice anywhere in the country.
Getting to the Miami Campus
Miami is located in the North Tower off of Douglas Rd.
Douglas Entrance North Tower,
800 S. Douglas Road, Suite 149
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Parking: Priority for parking access will be given to students who enroll in one of the Commuter Alternatives Program (CAP) options. Students with a valid parking access card are permitted to park in the Douglas Entrance Parking Garage, on the 10th to 12th floors from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. This policy is subject to change.
DPT Admissions Requirements
Requirements for admission into USAHS’ graduate PT programs include:
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, either completed or in progress
- An official GRE score report from within the past five years
- A current resume
- A statement of purpose outlining why you wish to pursue a career in PT, and specifically, a graduate physical therapy degree at USAHS
- Prerequisite courses in health and social sciences, with a minimum GPA of 3.0
- Two references, at least one from a licensed physical therapist
- 80 volunteer, work, or observation hours in a clinical setting
- A comprehensive background check and drug screening
DPT Florida Accreditation
The Doctor of Physical Therapy programs (both Residential and Flex formats) on USAHS’ campuses are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Upon completion of the PT program degree, graduates of both Florida campuses are eligible to take the national licensing examination administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT). Although physical therapy students are responsible for meeting the field education and certification requirements of the states they wish to practice in, USAHS’ program prepares students for licensure in all 50 states.
*Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable.