Student Resources

Frequently used resources for students of the Physical Therapy program. 

Physical Therapy Course Schedule

Below are samples of Physical Therapy Students' weekly course schedule. Please note these calendars are subject to change and should not be used in place of the course syllabi.

PT Profession Today

Developments, links, opportunities, trends.

Physical Therapy today is a very broad profession, with a full range of practice areas from generalist to specialist, geriatric to pediatric. Changes in methodologies, health care, and other issues can dramatically affect the field and its practitioners. The best way to keep abreast of new and interesting information is by following the links below.

American Physical Therapy Association - The governing body for PT in America.
APTA Career Center
Florida Physical Therapy Association
PT in Motion - The professional issues magazine of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). 
News Now  - The weekly magazine of issues.
Other APTA Publications
Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy
 - The organization that creates and administrates the national physical therapy licensure exam.

Student Guidebook

The following documents are provided in Adobe Acrobat* format. Changes or updates to the information contained in these documents will be provided directly to each enrolled student as well as on this website.


DPT Student Guidebook

Professional Behaviors Plan 
Independent Study/Independent Research Guidelines
Formatting Guidelines for Final Manuscript (ProQuest)
APTA Code of Ethics 
Immunization Requirements 
Anatomy Lab Policies 

Practice Center Policies 

Mandatory Prep for NPTE 
Notice for Initial licensure for Applicants 
Injury Prevention and Reporting Policy 
Essential Functions


tDPT Student Guidebook 


I understand that if I have any questions related to information contained in these documents, it is my responsibility to seek clarification from my program faculty advisor.

Essential Functions

The following are essential functions needed for successful completion of the Physical Therapy program at Florida Gulf Coast University.  Students must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodations, each of these essential functions in order to fully participate in the program and successfully complete the requirements of the program in which they are enrolled.  A student requesting accommodation in regard to carrying out any of these essential functions must realize that although he/she may meet program requirements to graduate, he/she may not meet some requirements of licensure and employment in the profession. 

Florida Gulf Coast University, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the University's guiding principles, provides classroom and academic accommodation to students with documented disabilities.  Students are responsible for providing documentation of disability to the Office of Adaptive Services.  Whether or not a requested accommodation is reasonable will be determined on an individual basis in consultation with the Office of Adaptive Services.  (See current FGCU Student Guidebook).

  • Cognitive Functions

  • Affective and Communication Functions

  • Psychomotor Functions

  • Sample Examinations and Interventions

Clinical Education

Clinical education is an important part of the physical therapy curriculum. It is the time for students to apply and expand the knowledge and skills they have learned in class.

During clinical experiences, all FGCU, College of Health Professions, and Department of Rehabilitation Sciences Policies are applicable. Students must adhere to these as well as the policies and procedures of the affiliated clinical sites they are assigned to. The following links and documents will serve as a reference and guide in matters related to clinic to all students, academic and clinical faculty:

Students are assigned to a wide range of facilities in order to assure experiences with patients having a variety of diagnoses/disabilities, ages, and practice parameters. Each student will gain experience working with patients with orthopedic, neurological, and medical diagnoses. In addition, each student must participate in the inpatient and outpatient perspectives and have the opportunity to experience patients throughout the lifespan. Management concepts must be a part of the student's clinical experience. Students have the opportunity to examine information about specific clinics prior to submitting a list of top choices. Students will not be assigned more than once to a facility unless the learning experiences are significantly different.

The DPT Program works with several facilities outside the State of Florida.  Individual states may have requirements and/or resources for students placed at clinical facilities in those states. Links are provided below for requirements and/or resources provided by individual states outside of Florida.

State of Texas Clinical/Experiential Learning Site Complaints.

Useful Information

Library Guide

A subject guide to assist FGCU students studying Physical Therapy by providing links to locate library resources for study/research purposes, as well as other relevant information sources. 

Physical Therapy Library Guide

  • Library Guide Details