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 Physical Therapists
Physical 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
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.