To receive the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, the candidate must:

  1. Complete all required coursework (103 credit hours) with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better.
  2. Complete at least 3 credit hours of Elective coursework, in addition to the 103 credit hours.
  3. Successfully complete the clinical experiences (I-IV) required.

Admission Requirements

Applicants should have a baccalaureate degree in a related field and 3.0, or ”B” average or better in the following courses:

English Composition/ Writing intensive course(5 quarter hours)3
Introduction to Statistics(5 quarter hours)3
Psychology(5 quarter hours)3
General Biology(5 quarter hours)3
General Chemistry I and II each with Lab(12 quarter hours)8
General Physics I and II each with Lab(12 quarter hours)8
Human Anatomy(5 quarter hours)3
Human Physiology(5 quarter hours)3
Combined Anatomy and Physiology I &II
(10 quarter hours)

Application Procedure

We are accepting applications through Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). Click here to apply.

The PTCAS application opens to applicants in June each year. The application deadline is October 2; we encourage you to apply early. Classes begin in May of each year. Application requirements consist of the following:

  1. Submission of all application materials to PTCAS. Completion of prerequisites or plan to complete by time of matriculation, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  2. Demonstration of knowledge concerning the physical therapy profession by submitting:
    • A minimum of 100 hours of first-hand observation and/or work experience related to the practice of physical therapy.
    • This experience must be substantiated in writing by a registered/licensed physical therapist. The name and email of the physical therapist(s) is required for verification.
  3. Submission of three to four (3-4) letters of recommendation from people who can address both the applicant’s moral character and potential as a physical therapist.
    • At least one letter must be written by a registered/licensed physical therapist, and one or more from faculty.
  4. An interview is required and will be offered to those applicants who have met the admission criteria.
  5. International students are to complete the PTCAS application and submit official transcripts to the DPT program instead of PTCAS. Transcripts that are not in English must include an official translation. International applicants must have all transcripts evaluated by the University of Miami’s Office of International Admissions before they can be considered for graduate study. Any transcript not in English must be submitted with an official translation. International applicants must meet ALL the necessary requirements to qualify for a student visa. 

For more information contact:
Admissions Office
Department of Physical Therapy
5915 Ponce de Leon Blvd., 5th Floor
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Phone 305-284-4535
Email: physicaltherapy@miami.edu
Website: www.pt.med.miami.edu

Curriculum Requirements

PTS 616Clinical Research I2
PTS 670Clinical Skills in Physical Therapy3
PTS 672Clinical Kinesiology and Biomechanics3
PTS 674Clinical Examination3
PTS 676Medical Screening in Physical Therapy1
PTS 708Normal Human Gait and Locomotion1
PTS 640Neuroscience I3
PTS 642Biophysical Agents2
PTS 644Medical Pathology Seminar II1
PTS 726Therapeutic Exercise3
PTS 728Musculoskeletal Examination and Manual Treatment I4
PTS 630Foundations of Physical Therapy3
PTS 631Gross Anatomy for Physical Therapy I3
PTS 632Gross Anatomy for Physical Therapy II3
PTS 643Medical Pathology Seminar I1
PTS 710Clinical Experience I2
PTS 646Medical Pathology Seminar IV1
PTS 650Pharmacology2
PTS 671Therapeutic Physiology2
PTS 706Neurological Evaluation2
PTS 745Integumentary Disorders and Treatment2
PTS 714Neurorehabilitation3
PTS 724Cardio-Respiratory Physical Therapy3
PTS 727Prosthetics and Orthotics3
PTS 731Geriatric Physical Therapy2
PTS 730Pediatric Physical Therapy2
PTS 770Systems-Based Practice in Physical Therapy2
PTS 629Evaluation and Treatment of Spinal Dysfunctions I3
PTS 633Communication in Physical Therapy Practice3
PTS 641Neuroscience II3
PTS 645Medical Pathology Seminar III1
PTS 675Clinical Decision Making I2
PTS 717Clinical Research Project3
PTS 748Advanced Topics in Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy3
PTS 771Complementary Therapies in Rehabilitation2
PTS 775Clinical Decision Making II2
PTS 785Medical Diagnostic Tests2
PTS 711Clinical Experience II2
PTS 803Clinical Experience III2
PTS 804Clinical Experience IV2
PTS 715Acute Care Management of the Complex Patient3
PTS 718Physical Therapy Practice Management, Professional Issues and Advancement3
PTS 729Evaluation and Treatment of Spinal Dysfunctions II3
PTS 765Health Promotion and Disease Prevention2
Electives 13
Total Credit Hours106

Students are required to complete a minimum of 3 elective credits in addition to the required courses.

Suggested Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
PTS 616 Clinical Research I 2
PTS 670 Clinical Skills in Physical Therapy 3
PTS 672 Clinical Kinesiology and Biomechanics 3
PTS 674 Clinical Examination 3
PTS 633 Communication in Physical Therapy Practice 3
 Credit Hours14
PTS 640 Neuroscience I 3
PTS 642 Biophysical Agents 2
PTS 644 Medical Pathology Seminar II 1
PTS 726 Therapeutic Exercise 3
PTS 728 Musculoskeletal Examination and Manual Treatment I 4
PTS 708 Normal Human Gait and Locomotion 1
 Credit Hours14
PTS 630 Foundations of Physical Therapy 3
PTS 631 Gross Anatomy for Physical Therapy I 3
PTS 632 Gross Anatomy for Physical Therapy II 3
PTS 643 Medical Pathology Seminar I 1
 Credit Hours10
Year Two
PTS 710 Clinical Experience I 2
PTS 646 Medical Pathology Seminar IV 1
PTS 650 Pharmacology 2
PTS 671 Therapeutic Physiology 2
PTS 706 Neurological Evaluation 2
PTS 745 Integumentary Disorders and Treatment 2
Electives 3
 Credit Hours14
PTS 714 Neurorehabilitation 3
PTS 724 Cardio-Respiratory Physical Therapy 3
PTS 727 Prosthetics and Orthotics 3
PTS 731 Geriatric Physical Therapy 2
PTS 730 Pediatric Physical Therapy 2
PTS 771 Complementary Therapies in Rehabilitation 2
 Credit Hours15
PTS 629 Evaluation and Treatment of Spinal Dysfunctions I 3
PTS 641 Neuroscience II 3
PTS 645 Medical Pathology Seminar III 1
PTS 675 Clinical Decision Making I 2
PTS 676 Medical Screening in Physical Therapy 1
 Credit Hours10
Year Three
PTS 717 Clinical Research Project 3
PTS 748 Advanced Topics in Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy 3
PTS 775 Clinical Decision Making II 2
PTS 770 Systems-Based Practice in Physical Therapy 2
PTS 785 Medical Diagnostic Tests 2
PTS 711 Clinical Experience II 2
 Credit Hours14
PTS 803 Clinical Experience III 2
PTS 804 Clinical Experience IV 2
 Credit Hours4
PTS 715 Acute Care Management of the Complex Patient 3
PTS 718 Physical Therapy Practice Management, Professional Issues and Advancement 3
PTS 729 Evaluation and Treatment of Spinal Dysfunctions II 3
PTS 765 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 2
 Credit Hours11
 Total Credit Hours106

Students are required to complete a minimum of 3 elective credits in addition to the required courses. 


The University of Miami, Department of Physical Therapy has affiliations with 350 clinical sites locally and throughout the country. Distant internships may incur additional expenses for the student.


The clinical experience is full-time (minimum of 40 hours per week). Clinical experiences are a part of the required curriculum and not paid. Note: International students in F-1 status are required to obtain authorization for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) from the Department of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) prior to engaging in practical training. Practical training is defined as alternative work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum that is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school.


Clinical experiences are typically 8-9 weeks. Clinical experiences may fall outside of the Academic Calendar dates to accommodate the required number of hours.


The mission of the UMMSOM Department of Physical Therapy is to:

  • Educate, develop and nurture the next generation of leaders in physical therapy;
  • Deliver high-caliber, compassionate physical therapy care in a wide variety of settings;
  • Create and disseminate new knowledge in support of the evidence based practice of physical therapy;
  • Provide service to our local community and beyond; and
  • Create an educational and clinical environment that embodies diversity of people and perspectives.


Specific goals and objectives for the DPT Program are the development and application of:

  • The principles and practices of the professional discipline;
  • Clinical decision making skills; and
  • Education, leadership, management and research capability.

Thus, our graduates are prepared for future professional and societal obligations through providing leadership and contributing to both the growth of the profession, and the clinical research agenda.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • DPT graduates will demonstrate proficiency for entry level professional practice at the end of their terminal clinical experience.
  • DPT graduates will demonstrate proficiency in patient/client management by the end of their terminal clinical experience.
  • DPT students will demonstrate the ability to synthesize and interpret research literature as a foundation for the practice of physical therapy.
  • DPT graduates will show entry level proficiency in clinical reasoning, the ability to apply current knowledge, theory, clinical judgment and the patient's value and perspective in patient management, at the end of their terminal clinical experience.