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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 Physical Therapists

Physical therapy genericPhysical therapists (PTs) assist in the prevention and treatment of illness and injury in order to promote the optimal physical functioning of more than 100,000 people every day in the United States. They are able to diagnose and manage movement dysfunctions, restore and promote physical function, and make a positive difference in the quality of people's lives.

PTs take a personal approach to assisting others with injury or illness. They can assist patients to walk again, relieve pain, drive a car, dress or bathe, or return to a leisure or sporting activity. Physical therapy is a dynamic and rewarding profession with a well-established scientific and theoretical base.

PTs are a highly respected member of the health care team. They work with many other health care providers such as physicians, occupational therapists, rehabilitation nurses, dentists, psychologists, social workers and speech-language pathologists. They work with patients of all ages, races, religions and ethnic backgrounds.

Graduates with an entry-level degree in physical therapy may work in a variety of areas including orthopedics, sports, neurology, pediatrics, women's health, aquatics, cardiopulmonary, education, acute care and geriatrics. PTs may later choose to receive specialist certification in certain areas.

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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