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 - (PRE-CLINICAL) Ranking among the 15 most popular majors at UCF in 2016-17
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Department of Health Professions
College of Health and Public Affairs
University of Central Florida
4364 Scorpius Street Orlando, FL 32816-2205
The Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) Program operates its own
laboratory that is conveniently located in the College of Health
and Public Affairs, right next to the DPT Program clinical
laboratories, faculty, and administration. The 30' x 60' anatomy
lab has a refrigerated room that can store up to 12 cadavers,
as well as multiple wall- and floor-mounted cabinets for
storage of bone boxes, anatomical models and surgical instruments.
Coded access to the lab is limited to D.P.T. students, who can use
the facility on a 24/7 basis. The lab has a custom-designed
ventilation system, which keeps potentially noxious fumes well
below OSHA-suggested levels. In addition, there are flame- and
explosion-proof storage containers in the lab to store hazardous
materials. The lab has overhead, surgical lighting at each
dissection station, and it is equipped with a number of safety
devices, including an emergency eye-wash and shower station.
Although the laboratory
uses cadavers for its in-depth dissection
of all systems of the human body, the education of DPT students in
anatomy is further supplemented through the use of cutting-edge
technology. The DPT Program owns an Anatomage Virtual Dissection
Table which allows students to three-dimensionally examine the
anatomy of all systems with the simple touch of a screen.
The lab is well used throughout the program, beginning
with the 12-credit, 28-week, Gross Anatomy/Neuroscience course
sequence in the first year. The depth and breadth of the materials
presented in this course sequence prepares students to excel in the
clinical science courses taught later in the curriculum.
Upper-class students are free to use the lab at any time throughout
the program to refresh and solidify their knowledge of the basic
anatomical sciences. The lab can be outfitted for use as a
classroom or clinical lab when needed. This unique facility gives
UCF DPT students ready access to one of the finest anatomical
laboratories in the United States.