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Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy - Tampa

Important Links

Health insurance requirement

  • All health professions students are required to carry health insurance. If you are already insured, you must “waive” the NSU insurance once per year in May.  

  • Information regarding health insurance, including the waiver form, can be found by visiting: 
  • Should a change occur in your insurance mid-semester or if you have any questions regarding insurance requirements for health professions students, please contact the Student Health Department:

Welcome to the DPT-Tampa orientation website for the entering class of 2027.  Congratulations on your acceptance into our program! The purpose of this site is to prepare you for the exciting journey in becoming a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Please pay attention to the "Orientation Documents & Important Links" sections to the right side of this website- they link to important documents such as our orientation schedule, 3-year calendar (2023-2026), preparation checklist, hotel information, and much more! This website is updated as plans are finalized so be sure to visit often.

Important Dates:

  • Registration online for Summer Term 1 of 2023 is between March 27 and May 21.
  • Mandatory on Campus orientation: May 8-9
  • Start of semester online (asynchronous-wherever you live): May 15
  • Weekend institutes: Friday - Sunday, June 9-11, July 7-9, Aug 4-6
    • For your cohort, you will have 3-day weekend institutes for Summer 2023 and will begin the standard 4-day institutes starting Fall 2023.
  • Canvas Orientation Course: Opens Mid-April

NSU Email:

To ensure that you are receiving all important communications, establish your NSU email account.  Your NSU email username and password is needed to enter all your courses, including our orientation course. 

Summer Courses:

The Booklist (coming soon) contains a list of the 4 courses you will take in the summer semester, each course’s Course Reference Number (CRN), and the books required.  Use the information on the Booklist and Registering for Courses documents to complete course registration between March 27 and May 21. Also, register for Visible Body Courseware by following the instructions provided in the Anatomy Courseware VBC Registration Letter (coming soon) by your future professor, Dr. Joy Moulton.


The 2-day mandatory on campus orientation May 8-9 is critical because it will help you get “up and running” for the first day of classes on May 15 (which begins online). During orientation, you will be greeted by leaders from the Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences, meet the Department Chair, Program Director, Faculty, Staff, representatives from the Student Physical Therapy Association (SPTA), students, as well as 2023 DPT graduates.

Up to 2 members of your family or significant others may attend Monday of orientation. There are some scheduled activities that family/significant others may attend on Monday.

After reviewing this web page, please contact Jade Waithe, Academic Support Coordinator, at or (813) 574-5309 if you have questions.

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