Florida International University

Information about Physical Therapist program at Florida International University

 

 

 

Florida International University (A4, D5, D8, F1, PU)

 

Last Updated by Program: 03/09/2007

 

Address:   Department of Physical Therapy

UP Campus, HLSI-Room 349

FloridaInternationalUniversity

Miami, FL33199

Phone:   (305)348-6640 

Fax:   (305)348-1979

Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (305)348-3831

 

Web Address:   http://physicaltherapy.fiu.edu

Program E-mail:   elbauml@fiu.edu

 

PROGRAM DIRECTOR:

Leonard Elbaum, PT, EdD

Chair

 

INSTITUTIONAL INFORMATION:

  Accreditor:   Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges

  Carnegie Classification:   Research Universities (high research activity)

 

PHYSICAL THERAPY PROGRAM ACCREDITATION:

  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor’s degree, June 1975 (no longer offered) Master’s Degree, February 1998

  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation

  Next Visit   2014

  Five Year History:   Accreditation

 

DEGREE CONFERRED:

Master of Science in Physical Therapy

 

GENERAL PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

This program is designed for those already possess a Bachelor’s Degree, and who wish to become practicing physical therapists. If you do not have a Bachelor's Degree, you might be interested in our Bachelor of Health Science-Physical Therapy Track. The program is rigorous, and is recommended only for highly motivated students with proven records of success as undergraduates. As of the date of this entry (3/07), the DPT is expected to replace the MS within the next year. The program of studies includes ~104 credits of taken over 9 consecutive terms (3 years). Admission to the program is limited, and competitive.

 

CLINICAL EXPERIENCES:

Students complete four semesters of clinical internship in a variety of settings. FIU has over 250 clinical experiences from which to choose throughout Florida, the USA and Australia, and England.

 

FACULTY:

There are nine full-time faculty members, and numerous adjunct faculty. Collectively, the faculty possess well over 100 years of teaching, research, and clinical experience. The clinical and research interests of the faculty range from pediatrics to geriatrics, and from neuroscience to biomechanics. Several faculty members specialize in the impact of social, psychological, and cultural factors on health care delivery and education. The faculty prides itself on its intellectual, cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity.

 

ENROLLMENT:

FloridaInternationalUniversity has a total enrollment of 36,000 students. There are approximately 200 students in the physical therapy department at various levels of pre- and post-professional study.

 

ADMISSION:

Admission Requirements: Admission into FIU as a graduate student; a Bachelor’s Degree; a GPA of at least 3.0 for the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework. Specific prerequisites and procedures are described at http://www.physicaltherapy.fiu.edu

 

OUTCOMES:

Approximately 92% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average).

 

TUITION, FEES AND FINANCIAL AID:

Information re: tuition, fees and financial aid are updated regularly and posted on the departmental website: http://www.physicaltherapy.fiu.edu.

 

STUDENT LIFE:

Dormitories and off-campus rentals are available to the students, as are intercollegiate athletics including football, basketball, baseball, soccer, golf, and tennis. Florida International is located 15 miles from downtown Miami. Multiple cultural and entertainment activities are available to students, and several major medical and other academic centers are within a one-hour drive. The program prides itself on diversity and welcomes applicants of all races, ethnicities, and disabilities.