The mission of the University of Central Florida's Program in Physical Therapy is to cultivate excellence in physical therapist practice through comprehensive and focused doctoral education. The program fosters excellence through its dedication to foundational sciences, clinical skill proficiency, research and evidence-based practice, service and professional duty, and lifelong learning. The program is committed to the development and strengthening of the healthcare community in order to optimize patient care in the dynamic healthcare environment.The UCF DPT Program promotes lifelong learning and professional development, which is attained through active involvement in professional organizations such as the American Physical Therapy Association. The program is a full-time professional doctoral program requiring completion of 114 credits beyond the bachelor's degree. The course work is taken in a prescribed sequence over nine semesters which includes a total of 36 weeks of full-time clinical training in which students work under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist at affiliated clinical education facilities. The program faculty consists of both researchers and clinical specialists who actively engage in student learning, clinical excellence, and professional development. The program boasts a small to medium sized cohort to promote continuous faculty interaction with students as they progress through the program. UCF's DPT Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education.