Accreditation status: The CAPTE decision regarding the DPT program's full accreditation status is expected to be announced in November 2021.
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.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at Florida Southern College prepares physical therapy practitioners through dynamic engaged learning experiences and equips them with skills to provide patient-centered, evidence-based care.
At Florida Southern, the DPT program combines evidence-based didactic coursework with hands-on experiences that help you become a well-rounded clinician and healthcare provider.
You’ll complete your DPT in two and a half years so you can get a jump start on taking your licensure exams and applying for jobs.
An online webinar for prospective doctoral students to learn more about Florida Southern College's School of Physical Therapy. This event is designed to present on overview of our DPT program, provide an opportunity to connect with faculty and hear testimonials from current students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
Students are advised to submit applications as early as possible to assure optimal admission consideration.
Effective 5/15/19, Florida Southern College School of Physical Therapy has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone: 703.706.3245; email: email@example.com). If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 863.680.5126 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Candidate for Accreditation is an accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program may matriculate students in technical / professional courses. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status does not assure that the program will be granted initial accreditation.
Our DPT classes are all face-to-face
and limited to just 36 students. In this intimate setting, you’ll have the benefit of hands-on learning and extra attention from your professors.
Forbes ranks Physical Therapy as one the "Top 10 Happiest Jobs."
All of our full-time school of physical therapy faculty members have unique specialty expertise in such areas of orthopedics, neurological, or cardio pulmonary physical therapy.
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.
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.
Alex Siyufy DPT, ATC, SCS, Cert. MDT, Cert. DN, SFMA is a licensed Physical Therapist and Certified Athletic Trainer. Dr. Siyufy is a board-certified Sports Clinical Specialist (SCS), certified in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (Cert. MDT), certified in the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), and also holds a certification in Dry Needling (Cert. DN) from the Spinal Manipulation Institute.
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.
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.
Each prerequisite course that is considered must be completed with a "C+" grade or better. If your college/university does not offer +/- grading, then you must have a "B" or higher. For separate lecture and lab grades, they may be averaged for a maximum of two courses. Only one of the prerequisite courses may be a “C” grade.
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.
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. Alex Siyufy. The formal letter and any supporting documentation should be submitted as an attachment to an email (email@example.com).
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 and please check our PTCAS program page for more information. Interview timing will vary per year but is typically in January – March of each cycle.
*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.
Florida Southern College has been granted the status of Candidate for Accreditation, which is the pre-accreditation stage, on May 15, 2019. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation. We do anticipate the final decision regarding accreditation by CAPTE to be made during the Fall 2021 semester.
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. Christine Morgan (863-680-4679 or FSCDPTClinicalEd@flsouthern.edu).
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