The mission of the Program is to prepare entry-level physical therapy practitioners through dynamic engaged learning experiences and equip them with skills to provide patient-centered, evidenced-based care, and have a positive impact on the community.
You'll build the skills and experience necessary to launch a successful physical therapy career in one of the nation's top-rated, fastest-growing professions.
Students are advised to submit applications as early as possible to assure optimal admission consideration.
Apply now on PTCAS for the Fall 2023 cycle!
The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the Florida Southern College 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; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call Dr. Nancy Nuzzo at 863.680.5126 or email email@example.com.
Our Doctor of Physical Therapy classes are all face-to-face, with 36 students in each cohort. The ratio of 4 students per faculty member provides the benefit of hands-on learning and individualized attention from your professors.
You'll complete your Doctor of Physical Therapy in just two and a half years so you can get a head start on taking your licensure exams and applying for jobs.
Faculty lead students through engaged learning community experiences, working with clients across the lifespan prior to clinical practicums.
Florida Southern College has invested millions of dollars in constructing brand new classrooms and laboratories featuring the most up-to-date physical therapy technology and equipment.
Our Program design features intentional National Physical Therapy Board Exam preparation embedded in the curriculum to prepare you for success on your academic journey to become a Physical Therapist.
The Integrated Professional and Community Education course series provides students the opportunity to work alongside Faculty serving the needs of our local community through pro-bono clinics and outreach.
In DPT 7110 Human Anatomy for Physical Therapy, you will have hands-on learning experiences in small groups using a variety of plastinated cadaver prosections. The high-tech camera system provides the professor the ability to zoom into small structures that would otherwise be hard to explore, allowing for less time spent dissecting and more time spent learning. The individualized attention you will receive from the professors creates a dynamic learning environment.
I chose Florida Southern because, when I interviewed, I could really tell that the faculty cared about us as people. They are so genuine and authentic, I felt like they could really take us in as a class and make it more of a family feel. Instead of teacher vs. students, it’s more of a comprehensive and cohesive feeling.
I think the selling point of two and a half years for a program, the fact that we finish half a year early, is very beneficial because we get a head start compared to other students in other PT programs. I have six months over everyone else. If you want to have a personal educational experience, this is where you need to be.
Perseverance. I feel like this is a quality that each and every student in our inaugural class holds. Being the first was a risk that we were all willing to take, one that pushed us all out of our comfort zone to grow personally so that we can succeed professionally. These past few years have flown by so fast, but I could not imagine a better group of individuals to continue with this journey! Being in my first clinical rotation has already provided me with so many opportunities to apply what we have learned throughout our coursework, and I have found that there are still so many aspects of Physical Therapy that I have yet to explore! At this moment I find that I am leaning towards an interest in either Pediatrics or Neuro, but we will see where these experiences will direct my focus! I am excited to continue growing throughout this profession and cannot wait to join my colleagues in making a difference through healthcare!
As a Lakeland native and SEU graduate in 2018, it was incredible to see a DPT program get its start here in my hometown the very year after I completed my degree. The reputation of Florida Southern College alone, along with their promise to be invested in my community, made FSC the only place I wanted to learn to become a therapist. What was even more incredible was seeing FSC DPT’s investment in the Lakeland community come to life, and to see myself and my classmates truly have an impact on the Lakeland community as we grew together and faced so much adversity.
A high quality physical therapy doctoral program in central Florida designed to meet your professional goals to be the best physical therapist.
State-of-the-art physical therapy practice labs and classrooms can accommodate up to 36 students.
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**** Must have completed an English language training program or at least one year at an English speaking institution to waive the TOEFL/IELTS testing requirement.
Application materials should be submitted electronically via PTCAS.
Applicants failing to meet all of these minimum requirements will not be considered for admission to the School of Physical Therapy. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee an applicant interview or admission to the program. All applicants and admitted students to the School of Physical Therapy must certify in writing that they are able to perform certain Essential Functions in order to participate and complete program requirements.
Approximately, thirty-six (36) students will be admitted to the School of Physical Therapy each year.
Don't forget to send all GRE results directly to Florida Southern using the GRE Designated Institution (DI) Code 4525.
No more than two prerequisite courses may be in progress during the spring semester prior to FSC School of Physical Therapy’s start date. Courses older than ten years will not be accepted.
Online courses are not accepted for the following prerequisites: biology courses, anatomy courses, physiology courses, physics courses, or chemistry courses*. In the event of a course with an online lecture paired with a face to face (F2F) lab, this may be acceptable. You will need to contact the School of Physical Therapy for verification.
*Courses taken during the Spring 2020-Summer 2021 semesters that were restricted due to COVID-19 will be considered.
An applicant can petition any of their previous coursework for acceptance to the School of Physical Therapy Admissions Committee utilizing the following procedure:
An applicant writes a formal letter to Dr. Tyler Love. The formal letter and any supporting documentation should be submitted as an attachment to an email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you have questions about how your individual coursework applies to our policy, please contact us at FSCDPTAdmissions@flsouthern.edu for further review.
Course descriptions are available in the academic catalog.
Florida Southern College reserves the right to revise fee schedules.
*Tuition will be billed prior to the beginning of each semester based on credit hours. Tuition must be paid by the first day of class.
We will have multiple interview dates with our first interview being in January and our final interview session being in the late Spring semester. Initial offers will be made in late spring and we will continue to make offers until the class size is filled. This will vary per year but is typically in March – May.
*Tuition paid at the beginning of each year.
**Estimated transportation costs may vary for student clinical education practicum based on the clinical site location.
***Estimated according to clinical site requirement.
One of the innovative parts of our curriculum is the Integrated Professional and Community Education (IPCE). The purpose of the IPCE course series is to provide students the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills learned during didactic coursework while meeting essential community needs. On a weekly basis, all of our students will provide volunteer services at one of four community organizations the program partners with. This is a unique opportunity that exposes the students to work with patients/clients across the lifespan, within the environment in which they live, work and age; and better prepares them to deliver physical therapy services that meet the needs of an increasingly diverse and evolving society.
Yes, we have clinical agreements with many states throughout the United States. Additionally, if you have a specific area or location that you would like for your clinical practicum, we are very open to facilitating a new agreement that would be a good fit for the program and the student. Please feel free to discuss this more with our Director of Clinical Education, Dr. Elizabeth Kuba (863-680-4952 or FSCDPTClinicalEd@flsouthern.edu).
While each admission cycle varies, we typically have a range of 400 – 800 applicants apply to our program.
Admission Counselor and Advisor 863.680.3090 863.777.4434
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