Interview of Karlyn Dauplaise, physical therapist, Florida Hospital, and physical therapy alumna, University of Central Florida (UCF)
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
Department of Health Professions
College of Health and Public Affairs
University of Central Florida
4364 Scorpius Street Orlando, FL 32816-2205
About the Department
The 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.
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.
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
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.