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Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy - Tampa

Dear DPT-Tampa Students Entering May 2017:

Welcome to the DPT-Tampa orientation website. The purpose of this site is to prepare you for the exciting journey in becoming a DPT. Please pay attention to the Orientation Document links along the left column of this website - they link to important documents such as our 4-year calendar, preparation checklist, local hotels, our orientation schedule, and much more!

This website is filled with important information. Pay attention to these upcoming dates:

  • May 15-16: Mandatory orientation here on our Tampa Campus (8 am Mon-4 pm Tues)
  • May 22: The first date of classes online (classes begin asynchronously)
  • June 15-18: Our first weekend institute here in Tampa (see 4-year calendar)

The 2-day orientation is critical because it will help you get “up and running” for the first day of classes on May 22 (which begin online). During orientation, you will be greeted by the Dean of the College of Health Care Sciences, meet the Program Director, Faculty, Staff, representatives from the Student Physical Therapy Association (SPTA) students as well as graduates from the Class of 2017.

The dress code for orientation is professional (slacks/shirt-polo or shirt/tie) for men and slacks/skirt/dress for women (dresses no shorter than mid-thigh). We recommend bringing a sweater because the air conditioning can feel cold! Bring shorts for the barbecue Monday evening at the Hilton Garden Inn- East.

Up to 3 members of your family or significant others can attend the first morning of orientation (which includes lunch) and then will rejoin you at the barbecue Monday evening. There are no scheduled activities for significant others on Tuesday, but there is plenty to do in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area. Please follow the directions to RSVP using the "RSVP for Orientation" link to the left, as we need to plan for enough food for lunch on Monday and barbecue on Tuesday.

The DPT-Tampa Program is considered a gold-standard in hybrid instruction and is known for being both student and value centered. Our curriculum is designed with working students in mind, using active learning strategies to not only enhance learning but also improve retention of learning. Our ultimate pass rates on the national licensing exam has been 100% for our first two classes, with a first-time pass rate of 92%. Our faculty have a wealth of experience in PT practice and teaching, in fact 8 of the 9 faculty continue to practice physical therapy.

After reviewing this web page, please contact me if you have any unanswered questions.

Warm Regards,

Mary T. Blackinton PT, EdD, GCS, CEEAA

Director and Associate Professor, DPT-Tampa Program or 813-574-5311

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