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Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy - Tampa


Dear DPT-Tampa Students Entering May 2020:

 Welcome to the DPT-Tampa orientation website, and congratulations on your acceptance into our program! The purpose of this site is to prepare you for the exciting journey in becoming a DPT. Please pay attention to the links along the side of this website- they link to important documents such as our 4-year calendar, preparation checklist, hotel information, orientation schedule, and much more!

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

  • Registration online for Summer Term 202050 between April 1 and May 8.
  • Mandatory orientation at our current Tampa campus: May 11-12.
  • Start of semester online (asynchronous-wherever you live): May 18.
  • Weekend institutes: Thursday June 11 – Sunday June 14, July 9-12, Aug 6-9.

The 2-day orientation May 11-12 is critical because it will help you get “up and running” for the first day of classes on May 18 (which begin online). During orientation, you will be greeted by leaders from the Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences, meet the Program Director, Faculty, Staff, representatives from the Student Physical Therapy Association (SPTA), students, as well as 2020 DPT graduates.

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 gets really cold inside, even though it is very hot outside. Please also bring a laptop or tablet to orientation because you will practice accessing our online classrooms and anatomy apps.

Up to 3 members of your family or significant others can attend the first morning of orientation (which includes lunch) and may rejoin you for a social hour 5-6 pm Monday afternoon. There are no scheduled activities for family/significant others on Tuesday.

Please email our Academic Support Coordinator, Ms. Morgan Brandt, to confirm whether you are bringing guests or not ( ) and your Tuesday lunch selection. Morgan will also send you information regarding your summer registration and booklist.

After reviewing this web page, please contact me ( ) or Morgan Brandt ( ) or 813-574-5309 if you have any unanswered questions.

Warm Regards,


Dr. Mary T. Blackinton

Professor and Program Director

DPT-Tampa Program; or 813-574-5311

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