University of South Florida/University of West Florida Partnership Doctor of Physical Therapy
A number of DPT 2017 students who are part of the P7 cohort got to volunteer at the Andrews Institute Injuries in Football Course. These students will attend years 2 & 3 at our UWF campus and complete their internships in the Panhandle. They will be joined by the Class of 2018 in a few months.
The Florida Panhandle is home to a health care industry that is impressive both in size and sophistication. Several other factors converge to make this geographic area an optimal one in which to establish a expansion campus for the University of South Florida School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences nationally ranked CAPTE accredited doctoral program in physical therapy: a significant military presence, a growing senior population, the presence of a set of quality programs in health sciences at the University of West Florida, and a clustering of several centers of excellence in physical rehabilitation.
The USF/UWF partnership Doctor of Physical Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education as an expansion program of the USF School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences.
"We view the proposed DPT degree as one that is especially important in allowing us to maintain high quality health care services today and into the future. With the average growth across the U.S. for physical therapists over the next decade estimated to be at 39%, with the increasing elderly population that require many levels of physical rehab, with the federal Act mandating access to physical rehab services for disabled persons, and with the probability of a national health care system designed to include all persons under a federal health insurance umbrella, there will be a clear and immediate need for graduates of DPT programs. This need far exceeds the capacity of existing DPT programs in Florida and across the nation.
We stand ready to provide clinical sites, adjunct faculty and clinical preceptors for the USF/UWF partnership DPT. Moreover, we enthusiastically endorse this effort as one that has come after a thoughtful and careful analytical process that identified USF as the most desirable partner with the experience, accomplishments and status on the national stage that ensure the quality and success of DPT graduates."