Applications are being accepted beginning June 2018 for admission to the new Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, launching at Florida Southern College in the fall of 2019.

The decision to start the program was made recently by the college’s Board of Trustees following an extensive needs assessment study, according to Dr Kyle Fedler, FSC’s provost, in a media release.

“We believe this program will be a public service to Polk County and central Florida,” Fedler says. “Just as our School of Nursing and Health Sciences has supplied high-quality nurses to serve the healthcare needs of this region, the doctor of physical therapy program will fill a critical need as this region continues to expand.”

Up to 36 students will be accepted into each class, which will complete in 2 1/2 years, including 36 weeks of clinical experiences.

Although students will perform their clinical rotations throughout the United States, local sites will include Watson Clinic and Lakeland Regional Health. Students and faculty will also provide pro bono services to underserved populations, as well as provide community outreach in education and screenings, notes a media release from FSC.

For more information about the program, visit Florida Southern College.

[Source(s): Florida Southern College, PR Newswire]