Orientation will be held May 15-19, 2023 (all orientation activities are mandatory) and classes begin May 22, 2023. Please watch for e mails providing important information about orientation and preparing for your start in the PDPT program.
Visit the College of Health Care Sciences orientation webpage for important prearrival information.
We are excited for your arrival and look forward to being a part of your education!
You are assigned an NSU e mail address upon acceptance to the program. This is your digital identity and you will need it to access just about everything while a student at NSU.
Retrieve your username and set your password at https://www.nova.edu/resources/nsuidentity.html
If you don't know your "N number" (NSU student ID), use the last 4 digits of your social security number
Go to https://sharklink.nova.edu/ (you will need your username and password information)
Click on Self Service Banner (webstar) icon and go to Enter Secure Area
Click on Student then Registration
For step-by-step instructions with screen shots go to: https://www.nova.edu/help/SSB%20webstar/student/register.html
Course registration numbers (CRN) will be sent by e mail.
If you have difficulty registering, please contact help desk at 954-262-help (4357) or Program Office at (954) 262-1664.
|Important Registration Information|
|Student Enrollment Agreement (SEA) must be completed to proceed with registration
|Payment is due to the Bursar’s Office as soon as you have registered for classes
|Health Insurance Waiver is available for completion 24 hours after you register
Financial aid information can be found at https://www.nova.edu/financialaid/index.html
Physical therapy students may qualify for the NSU Chancellor's Scholarship. For eligibility and application information visit https://www.nova.edu/financialaid/forms/hpd-chanc-scholarship-app.pdf
You are required to have a laptop computer with a built-in webcam and updated operating systems.
Your computer and/or tablet must have capability for the following functions:
Exam Soft Testing
NSU DPT program uses ExamSoft for testing. Students may take the exams on a PC laptop, Mac laptop, or I Pad. Students will be asked to download the Examplify app during orientation. View minimum requirements at https://examsoft.com/resources/examplify-minimum-system-requirements/
Other Technology Information
Students have access to NSU sponsored downloads of certain software, once registered and fully enrolled.
Note: Smart watches can be used in labs and in some clinics, but are not allowed during testing.
For more technology information, Visit the Student Support page of the NSU Office of Innovation and Information Technology at https://www.nova.edu/oiit/index.html#tabs-students or call (954) 262-HELP (4357)
DPT Student Kit
Students are required to purchase a kit containing equipment and consumables necessary for DPT school by no later than the end of the first semester. The kit costs approximately $300 and does not include a stethoscope or sphygmomanometer (blood pressure cuff) which is purchased separately. More information will be provided at orientation.
Computer Privacy Filter
Students are required to use a computer privacy filter which blacks out the view from side angles (outside 60 degrees) during all computer-based exams while matriculating through the program.
Personal Protective Equipment (Anatomy Lab)
Students are required to have nitrile gloves, face covering (masks, shield, or respirator), disposable isolation gown, and safety googles to enter the gross anatomy wet lab. Shoe covers are optional.
Professional dress/business attire required for the first day of orientation (scrubs to be worn after the first day)
Program Dress Code
Scrubs: Pewter gray matching top and bottom scrubs with student first and last name embroidered on left chest (white block letters, 0.5 in height) ordered online at https://nsu.fashionsealhealthcare.com/
Lab Clothes: Program approved navy blue shorts (men's and women's styles available) and grey PT lab shirt with NSU logo may be ordered online NSU Book Store - Shirt and NSU Bookstore - Shorts
Clinic Attire: Navy blue NSU Logo PT polo shirt, comfortable fitting khaki pants, white coat, and supportive shoes (polo shirts ordered within first 2 semesters from upper class officers)
Upon admission to the program, students are required to complete a non-fingerprint (level I) background check through the Castle Branch system. Students are sent information from the Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences (PCHCS) Student Affairs department on procedure for completing the background check. Background check results must be negative.
NOTE: Some clinical sites may require additional background checks based on the length of time since the last check and facility specific guidelines. Some citations on the background checks may prevent a student from being assigned to or result the student being denied placement at clinical sites. A student who cannot be placed at required clinical sites due to information of concern on his/her background check(s) may not be able to complete the program. Students are responsible for ongoing disclosure of background check information. Therefore, students are required to inform the program director immediately if any circumstance which has happened in the past or occurs during the student’s tenure in the program, that may impact the background check. Failure to do so may result in student referral to Committee on Student Progress (CSP).
Students will complete a fingerprint (Level II) background check during the program. Background check results must be negative. Clinical sites may require additional background check screening through facility-specific procedure at additional cost to the student. See “note” in Non-Fingerprint Background Check section.
Students will complete a 10-panel urine drug screen test indicating negative test results.
The immunization form found at https://healthsciences.nova.edu/studentaffairs/orientation/forms/immunization_form.pdf should be used to document the proof of immunizations and titers for the following:
Students will maintain current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification for health care providers while in the program. The DPT program provides CPR training in the first and third year of the program.
Students must show a current health insurance card or a statement of coverage (ie. downloaded from internet). Students must always maintain current health insurance. If health insurance lapses at any time during the program, students will not be able to progress and may be dismissed from program.
Students must have an annual physical examination which indicates that the student is in good general health and meets the health requirements of NSU. In addition, students must be able to perform the Technical Standards / Essential Functions of a DPT student. If health status should change while in the program which may affect the student’s ability to perform the Technical Standards / Essential Functions of a DPT student (ie. serious illness, injury, etc.), students must notify the Program Director and provide documentation of medical restrictions. Medical restrictions may prevent the student from participating in clinical activities and a plan for academic progression will be addressed individually in each case.
Some clinical facilities require additional compliance requirements above and beyond what is listed here. Students must comply with these requirements in order to attend the clinical rotation. Students will be notified of these requirements by the clinical facility itself or NSU clinical education personnel.