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Frequently Asked Questions


Is there a special undergraduate major I should pursue for physical therapy?
Any undergraduate major is acceptable for entrance as long as you have completed the required prerequisite courses. Common majors pursued by successful applicants are Health Sciences Pre-Physical Therapy, Biology, Exercise Science, Health Education, Athletic Training, and Psychology. For advising, please contact Natalie Rollan at natalie.rollan@fiu.edu

What are the prerequisite courses needed to apply to the FIU DPT program?
Go to PT Admission Requirements for further information.

Can I apply to FIU Physical Therapy while I am still completing my prerequisite courses?
Yes, however, prerequisite courses must be completed prior to starting the DPT program in the fall semester.

What are the costs of the DPT program?
Click here for tuition information.

Do you offer financial assistance?
Yes, limited financial assistance is available. The Department participates in all the Financial Aid programs offered by the University. Go to the FIU Financial Aid Office for further information.

Can I enroll in the DPT program on a part-time basis?
The DPT Program is designed to be a full-time professional program. The program of studies includes 113 credits of didactic and laboratory training, and requires nine (9) consecutive semesters of full-time study.

How long does it take to become a Physical Therapist?
The Professional DPT program includes 113 credits of didactic and laboratory training, and requires nine (9) consecutive semesters of full-time study. Upon completion of this program, students will earn a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT), and will be eligible to apply for licensure as a Physical Therapist anywhere in the United States and several other jurisdictions.

How do I apply to the Physical Therapy Program at FIU?
Information on the application requirements and process is in the How to Apply section of this website. 

Does the Physical Therapy department provide advisement to prospective candidates?
We are happy to provide one-on-one academic advising to prospective applicants. If you have specific questions regarding selection or acceptance of prerequisite courses, please contact Natalie Rollan at natalie.rollan@fiu.edu.

For other questions about your application or if you wish to visit the department, please contact Nancy Bradbury, at nbradbur@fiu.edu. If you wish to visit the department, please contact Ann Tackoor a ktackoor@fiu.edu.

Is there a licensing examination for Physical Therapists?
Yes. The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) provides a national licensure examination in physical therapy. You must apply for licensure and take the examination in the state in which you desire to practice physical therapy. Upon successful completion of the licensure application and examination, you will obtain licensure from the individual state. You must be licensed to practice physical therapy.

Where can I find out more information about the Physical Therapy profession?
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) provides information about careers in physical therapy.