The University of South Florida was authorized to implement a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy (MSPT) by the Florida Board of Regents in 1998. The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) awarded candidate status in May 1999; the charter class of students enrolled in August 1999. CAPTE awarded full accreditation status in 2001. Over 100 students received MSPT degrees through the School. Due to the rapidly changing U.S. healthcare system, Physical Therapists now assume leadership roles in rehabilitation services, prevention and health care maintenance programs, and community organizations. To reflect these changes in scope of practice, USF chose to convert to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. On October 21, 2004, the Florida Board of Governors (successor to the Board of Regents) granted implementation authority to the University of South Florida Health MCOM to offer the DPT degree. The charter DPT class graduated in May 2008; to date over 300 students have completed the DPT degree program.
Following completion of a self-study related to the re-accreditation process and a site visit by a CAPTE-appointed review team, the School received a 10-year renewal of accreditation (with commendation). The subsequent self-study and site visit in 2016 yielded another 10-year renewal of accreditation, which will end in 2026.
USF Health Leadership authorized transferring the Professional and Post-Professional Athletic Training programs into the School on January 1, 2021, which increased opportunities for interprofessional collaboration.
This award is named in honor of Dr. Gregory Nicolosi, Emeritus Professor of Physiology, and former Executive Vice President of USF Health at the time of the founding of the School. It allows second‐year DPT students to select a second‐year classmate who has consistently demonstrated the Core Values of Professionalism in their course of study to date, including: Accountability, Altruism, Compassion/Caring, Excellence, Integrity, Professional Duty, & Social Responsibility.
This award is typically awarded to non-SPT&RS faculty members who have promoted the role of physical therapists in the collaborative healthcare team within the academic and/or clinical programs of USF Health. Propriety dictates that good candidates for the award would include those who have contributed to the education of our students without financial incentive.
This award is presented annually at our graduation reception to recognize a USF SPT&SR Doctor of Physical Therapy student for academic and clinical excellence, exceptional professional behavior, and classroom and community leadership.
It is presented upon the recommendation of faculty & staff.
This award is presented annually at our graduation reception to recognize recognizes a USF SPT&RS Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program graduate with exceptional clinical skills.
The selection is guided by the following criteria:
This national honor society recognize current Doctor of Physical Therapist students who demonstrate excellence, integrity, and professionalism in areas of: academic achievement (top 25% of class), leadership, service or research, and demonstrate strong moral character, ethics and the core values of the PT profession.