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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

Mission & Goals

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The Health Sciences Program at the University of Central Florida is dedicated to preparing students with an interest in human health to be competitive applicants for graduate or professional programs in health professions. The Health Sciences  Program provides a comprehensive educational background in basic and health-related sciences that cover the foundation courses required for admission to graduate professional programs in the health field. Our faculty delivers the highest quality of undergraduate teaching -- incorporating learning, research and professionalism -- for our students to become future leaders improving the health and medical needs of our community.

The Health Sciences Program strives to be a leading contributor in the health professions field by providing the highest quality of undergraduate education to improve the standards and quality of our nation's future health professionals.

HSPC Students

Goal 1: Prepare an academically strong and professionally competitive pool of student applicants for admission into clinical or non-clinical graduate programs in the health field.

Goal 2: Provide students with academic and clinical experiences that enhance their knowledge and preparation for careers in the health care field.   

Goal 3: Establish and implement opportunities for students to participate in volunteering and community outreach activities.

Goal 4: Enhance Health Sciences advising services to provide mentorship and accurate, timely and consistent academic and pre-professional advising.

Goal 5: Attract high-quality faculty and staff to foster exceptional standards in teaching, research and community outreach.

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Program Contacts

Suha Saleh, Ph.D., MT,
Program Director


Advising Office
HPA I - 124
Phone: 407-823-0946

Jennifer Farran, MS
Coordinator, Academic Advising Services

Phone: 407-823-0946
HPA I - 124

Roblene Vallesteros, MS, MPA
Coordinator, Academic Advising Services

Phone: 407-823-0946
HPA I - 124

Alexandra Barraza-Oliphant
Program Assistant

Phone: 407-823-0946
HPA I - 124

Toshiro I. Myles, MA, MBA
Internship Coordinator

Phone: 407-823-4096
HPA I - 244

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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