Important Links

Health Insurance Waiver

All health professions students are required to carry health insurance. If you are already insured, you must “waive” the NSU insurance each semester.  The deadline for completing the health insurance waiver for new (first year) students is June 1st, 2012; not May 15th.

The May 15th deadline is for all other NSU students in the 2nd semester or beyond. Additional questions regarding our requirement for health insurance should be directed to Ms. Caitlin Ballback, Student Medical Manager

Hybrid Entry Level Doctor of Physical Therapy


Dear Hybrid DPT Students Entering May 2016:

Welcome to our Hybrid Entry-Level DPT Orientation Website. This orientation website is designed to prepare you to begin your exciting journey towards being a physical therapist. This site holds important information about upcoming events and requirements to begin the program. Please note that on the right hand side of this page we have “Orientation Documents” including a to-do checklist, an orientation schedule, and much more!

The most important upcoming event is our mandatory welcome and orientation on May 16-17 here at our NSU-Tampa campus. Please see the “HE-DPT Orientation Schedule” and share it with your significant others who may accompany you to this event. The 2-day mandatory program begins with an opening ceremony when the Dean of the College of Health Care Sciences and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs welcome you. Throughout the two days, we will share important information and provide you with the resources to be a successful DPT Student in our hybrid program.

Everyone must RSVP for orientation.  To RSVP to the orientation events please complete the following survey: 

The dress code for orientation is professional (slacks/shirt (polo or shirt with tie) for men; slacks/skirt/dress no shorter than mid-thigh) for women. Bring your shorts and sneakers for our barbecue Monday afternoon.  Also, bring your laptop/tablet AND a camera (or your smartphone)-as we use this weekend to teach you the technological skills you will need for the hybrid program.

Family/friends are welcome to join you on the first day of orientation (May 16)  from 8:00-12 here on the Tampa campus, and then again at the barbecue at 5 pm that afternoon at the Hilton Gardens Inn-Tampa East. Please share the orientation schedule with your significant others who might be attending so they can plan for some ‘fun’ times in the Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg area while you are in training. A list of local attractions is included on this website.

Our faculty and staff are seasoned professionals with extensive clinical and educational experience who are eager to meet each of you. As a doctoral student in an entry level PT Program, you will work harder than you have your entire academic career. We know you have the talent and dedication to engage in this rigorous curriculum, and look forward to getting to know you better. To review the Essential Functions required by DPT students, please see the “Essential Functions of the DPT Student” file in the box to the right.

You will be registered for classes by our support coordinator (Melly Iglesias) once all admissions paperwork is completed. If you have any unanswered questions about financial aid, please contact Beverly Favero at 813-574-5292, and if you have questions about orientation, please call Melly Iglesias at 813-574-5309. Questions regarding admissions items (updated transcripts) should be directed to Eric DeRise 813-574-5278.

Warm Regards,

Mary Tischio Blackinton  PT, EdD, GCS, CEEAA
Associate Director, Associate Professor, HE-DPT Program
(813)574-5311; Fax: (813) 574-5333;