Representatives from Florida Southern College broke ground recently on its new School of Physical Therapy, scheduled to open in August 2019.

Renovation and construction work is underway on an existing 6,500-square-foot building, with an 11,000-square-foot addition to come. When completed, the building will include faculty offices, classrooms, and a state-of-the-art lab.

“This is another great, historic occasion as we break ground for our new School of Physical Therapy,” says FSC President Anne Kerr, in a media release. “We will have about 300 students studying here,” she added. “This will be one of the finest doctoral programs for physical therapy in the nation.”

Dr Nancy A. Nuzzo, dean and program director for the new School of Physical Therapy, thanked the Trustees of the Board of Directors as well as Florida Southern’s administrators for making such a significant investment to equip students “with the skills to make a positive impact on the community, so graduates can begin to fill the need for physical therapists in Polk County,” according to the release.

Pending its candidacy with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), the School’s new Doctor of Physical Therapy program will accept up to 36 students in each class. Students will complete the program in as few as six semesters.

Students will perform clinical rotations throughout the United States and at local facilities such as Watson Clinic and Lakeland Regional Health. Students and faculty also will provide pro bono services to underserved populations and will contribute to the community through educational outreach and screenings.

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