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Physical Therapist

Interview of Karlyn Dauplaise, physical therapist, Florida Hospital, and physical therapy alumna, University of Central Florida (UCF)
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Quick Facts

  • 100% - (ATHLETIC TRAINING) First-time pass rate on the certification exam by 2016 graduates
  • 2nd - (HEALTH SCIENCES) Ranking among the 15 most popular majors at UCF in 2016-17
  • 12 - (PHYSICAL THERAPY) Ranking among "100 Best Jobs" by U.S. News & World Report

Mailing Address

Department of Health Professions
College of Health and Public Affairs
University of Central Florida

4364 Scorpius Street
Orlando, FL 32816-2205

Phone: 407-823-2214
Fax: 407-823-2596

About the Department

PT with child in wheelchairThe delivery and management of high-quality health care requires the knowledge and talents of many different health care professionals, each of whom plays an integral part in the overall health care team. Practitioners with formal education and clinical training have crucial roles in prevention, diagnosis and therapy. They work in many different environments such as hospitals, specialized-care facilities, schools, the performing arts, and government. Employment in health care occupations is strong and will continue to grow in the coming years driven by the increasing demands of an aging population and longer life expectancies. Working in health care is interesting and rewarding. You are invited to explore our website and learn about the academic health programs we offer.

Vision

The Department of Health Professions is recognized regionally and nationally for the superior quality of its educational offerings and its contributions to health care, scholarship, and service to our community. The faculty is recognized for their excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service in their respective disciplines both within the University of Central Florida and in the global community.

Mission

The Department of Health Professions prepares Health Sciences Pre-Clinical, Physical Therapy and Athletic Training students to be advocates and providers of evidence-based practices in health care settings. The department fosters inter-professional collaboration among faculty, students, and the larger community. We are committed to clinical excellence, professional ethics, and lifelong learning.

Values

The faculty, staff, and students of the Department of Health Professions value professional behavior, respect for others, honesty, integrity, creativity, competence, compassion, accountability, and altruism.

Our new student organization, the Health Awareness Prevention Society, focuses on promoting a healthy lifestyle by increasing awareness of healthy living through education and prevention.
— Suha Saleh,  Assistant Professor, Health Sciences Director
It was great to see Jennifer [Plant] honored with the statewide Athletic Trainer of the Year Award. She is an exceptional teacher, a professional leader and an amazing colleague.
— Kristen Schellhase,  Interim Chair, Athletic Training Director
The event [for children with disabilities] was a huge success. We had about 30 children, and the students did a phenomenal job. I'm already receiving inquiries about next year's event.
— Jennifer Tucker,  Physical Therapy Instructor
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