Physical Therapy

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Dr. Dawn Brown-Cross, PT., EdD., and the DPT faculty and staff

About the Entry-Level Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

The Division of Physical Therapy (housed within the School of Allied Health Sciences) at FAMU was established in 1981, becoming the third physical therapy program in the State University System (SUS) of Florida. The first class of students was admitted to the baccalaureate program in 1982; the last baccalaureate class graduated in August 2001. Currently, all Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students must have completed a bachelor's degree. Consistent with other SUS physical therapy programs, applicants accepted into the FAMU program are admitted as graduate students in the professional curriculum.

Physical therapy involves the evaluation and treatment of individuals with movement disorders, disabilities, injuries caused by a variety of problems, such as musculoskeletal, neurological, and cardiovascular disorders and aging. Physical therapists treat individuals of all ages (across the lifespan) restoring function and promoting independence. To learn more about the profession, please visit the American Physical Therapy Association Website:

The DPT Program at FAMU is a full-time, campus-based program which takes 34 months to complete. Students are admitted in the fall semester annually and graduate at the end of the 3rd year Spring semester. The program includes 32 weeks of full time clinical practice. Graduates are awarded the DPT degree upon satisfactory completion of all curricular requirements.

School of Allied Health Sciences Mission Statement
The mission of the School of Allied Health Sciences is to provide an enlightened and enriched academic, intellectual, moral, cultural, ethical, technological, and student-centered environment for the purpose of educating individuals to become competent allied health professionals who are capable of: Complex critical thinking; Comprehensive communication skills; Interdisciplinary collaboration; Analysis and involvement in research processes; Improving the health status of under-represented and underserved populations; Lifelong learning

Entry-Level Doctor of Physical Therapy (EDPT) Program Mission Statement

The mission of the FAMU EDPT Program is to become a premier provider of Doctor of PT graduates who contribute to abolishing health care disparities and access in existing and emerging health care arenas by developing doctorally prepared practitioners who will increase the availability of health care to medically underserved populations in Florida. The physical therapy program fosters clinical reasoning, reflective practice, life-long learning, and critical inquiry that integrate both evidence and practice as reflected in the tenets espoused in the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice.

Entry-Level Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Vision Statement
To be recognized in the region, state and nation as a premier provider of Doctor of PT graduates who contribute to abolishing health care disparities and access in existing and emerging health care arenas.

Accreditation Status
The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Florida A & M University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100
Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085
Telephone: 703-706-3245

If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (850) 412-7866 or email:


Process for Filing a Complaint with CAPTE

CAPTE will take action only when it believes that practices or conditions indicate that the program may not be in compliance with the Evaluative Criteria for Accreditation, CAPTE’s Statement on Academic Integrity Related to Program Closure, or CAPTE’s Statement on Academic Integrity in Accreditation. A copy of these documents may be attained by contacting the Department of Accreditation.
A formal written, complaint may be filed with CAPTE at the address above. The complaint must be in the format provided by the Department of Accreditation. Complaints may not be submitted anonymously.

Ultimate Licensure Pass Rate100%91.7%95.85%
Graduation Rate92%100%96%
Employment Rate100%100%100%

American Physical Therapy Association
The American Physical Therapy Association is the national professional organization representing more than 66,000 Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist’s Assistant members. Its goal is to foster advancements in Physical Therapist practice, research, and education.

Florida Physical Therapy Association
The Florida Physical Therapy Association excellence and quality in the physical therapy profession through advocacy, education and services for its members and consumers.

Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy

Link to:  School of Graduate Studies and Research

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