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Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy - Tampa

Dear DPT-Tampa Students Entering May 2019:

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, local hotels, our orientation schedule, and much more!

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

  • May 13-14: Mandatory orientation here on our Tampa Campus (8 am Mon-4 pm Tues)
  • May 20: The first date of classes online (classes begin asynchronously)
  • June 13-16: Our first weekend institute here in Tampa (see 4-year calendar)

The 2-day orientation May 13-14 is critical because it will help you get “up and running” for the first day of classes on May 20 (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 2019 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 pretty hot outside. We also encourage you to bring a laptop or tablet to orientation.

Up to 3 members of your family or significant others can attend the first morning of orientation (which includes lunch) and may rejoin you in our Atrium 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. Erika Rodrigues Schack to RSVP. Erika will also send you information regarding your summer registration and booklist. The RSVP for orientation should include your name and any family/friends that will be attending Monday morning or the social hour Monday afternoon (max 3/student). The DPT-Tampa Program is considered the 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.


After reviewing this web page, please contact me ( )

or Erika Schack ( ) or 813-574-5309 if you have any unanswered questions.

Warm Regards,

Mary T. Blackinton PT, EdD

Program Director; Professor,

DPT-Tampa Program; or 813-574-5311


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