USF Health School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences

From the Director

Physical Therapy

“The USF School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences, in its brief history, has established an impressive record of attracting some of the best students in the state of Florida and from around the nation to become the competent, capable, caring and committed Doctor of Physical Therapy graduates our program has become known for. It is through the generosity of our supporters that we are able to sustain our trajectory of excellence in education, research and clinical service.”

Dr. Laura Lee Swisher
Associate Dean, USF Health Morsani College of Medicine
Director and Professor, School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences


The University of South Florida USF Health School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences has built a nationally ranked educational program, producing competent, highly capable and caring physical therapists grounded in evidence-based care. As an integral part of USF Health, our School is dedicated to preparing practice-ready professionals to help people achieve optimal physical function and mobility.

Endowed Scholarships and Assistantships

While admission to USF’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program is highly competitive, endowed scholarships are needed to attract and retain Florida’s best and brightest students. Scholarships help reduce the burden of educational debt for future Doctors of Physical Therapy, widening their career options after graduation. Funding is also needed to support graduate assistantships for students enrolled in the new Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Sciences.

Research Facilities

The School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences is committed to collaborative education and discovery to navigate our evolving health care environment. Research conducted in the school’s Human Functional Performance Lab is directed toward rehabilitative and other therapeutic interventions for the treatment of physical impairments or functional limitations associated with illness or injury. A naming opportunity exists to endow the laboratory, expanding research capacity by providing additional laboratory space and advanced equipment.

Clinically and Academically Experienced Faculty

Growing the number of highly trained physical therapists requires additional faculty who will guide and prepare them. The School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences is building a team that encompasses a broad range of clinical and scholarly experiences. Endowed chairs, directorships and professorships play an instrumental role in recruiting first-rate teachers and researchers and rewarding the tremendous work of our existing faculty.

Enlarging the breadth of our faculty will allow us to expand enrollment and increase the number of physical therapists available to deliver essential community health care. Faculty endowments also provide funds that allow us to rival other prominent institutions and support professional development to ensure that teaching, research and clinical skills remain fresh and innovative.

Points of Pride

  • Ranked 63rd by U.S. News & World Report from more than 200 physical therapy programs 
  • Offering both Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences degrees 
  • One of the Best NPTE pass rates in Florida 
  • 100% DPT alumni employment rate within 6 months of licensure 
  • Over 1400 applicants for 48 seats in DPT 2018 class 
  • Home to the Florida Center for Neuromusculoskeletal Research 
  • Partner in USF’s Computerized Artificial Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN), first system of its kind outside Department of Defense

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