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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

Doctor of Physical Therapy Program




The Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) Program educates students to become competent, compassionate and ethical practitioners in a variety of health care settings. Graduates will be highly dedicated professionals with excellent patient care, communication, critical thinking, patient education and advocacy, management and research skills.

PT Class Summer 2014

The program is a full-time professional doctoral program requiring completion of 112 credits beyond the bachelor's degree. The course work is taken in a prescribed sequence over nine semesters as provided here and all course work is required. The program requires a total of 34 weeks of full-time clinical training. During the clinical affiliations, students work under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist.


UCF's Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is accredited by the following organization:

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703-706-3245

Student Outcomes

Physical TherapyLicensure Pass Rate - All graduating students (100 percent) of the Class of 2014, 2015 and 2016 passed the national physical therapy licensure examination. Please see the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy for further details.

**The most recent classes, Class of 2015 & Class of 2016, each achieved a 100% first-attempt pass rate on the National Physical Therapy Examination.  

**Since 2010, the UCF Doctor of Physical Therapy Program's licensure pass rates have exceeded the averages of both the state of Florida and the country every year.

Employment Rate - All graduating students (100 percent) of the Class of 2014, 2015 and 2016 were employed within six months after passing the licensure examination.

Graduation Rate - The average graduation rate of D.P.T. students who began the program as members of the Class of 2014, 2015 and 2016 is 90 percent.

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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