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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

Professional Opportunities

According to numerous national reporting agencies, the job outlook for competent physical therapists should remain strong well into the 21st century.

Although physical therapists may work in hospitals or medical centers, more than 70 percent are employed in rehab centers, sports facilities, home health settings, pediatric facilities, research institutions, nursing centers and many other large organizations. In addition, physical therapists may be employees or serve as owners or partners in private practice settings.

For further information on training, other qualifications, employment, job outlook, earnings and other sources, visit www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Physical-therapists.htm

According to a recent article in Yahoo! Financials, physical therapy is one of the fastest growing fields in the United States today. Here are the facts:

Median pay: $75,900
Top pay: $97,800
10-year job growth: 30%
Total jobs: 190,000

Personal satisfaction: A
Benefit to society: A
Low stress: C
Flexibility: B

Also see:
U.S. News & World Report Best Jobs: Physical Therapy

 

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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