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Letter from the Chair


Welcome to the FIU Physical Therapy (PT) Program

On behalf of the faculty, staff and students of the Department of Physical Therapy, I welcome you to our website and thank you for your interest in our program.

The Department of Physical Therapy at Florida International University (FIU) offers the Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) degree that provides the required educational preparation for a professional career as a physical therapist. Our graduates are ethnically and racially diverse physical therapy practitioners poised to help eliminate healthcare disparities in the local, state and national community.

The FIU DPT curriculum features a progressive, problem-oriented approach and includes rigorous coverage of the full range of basic medical sciences, clinical sciences and hands-on skills relevant to the current practice of physical therapy. 

In December 2009, the program moved into a new 115,000 square foot building with state-of-the-art rehabilitation, biomechanics and medical simulation, laboratories and media classrooms. There are 10 full-time faculty and numerous adjuncts to prepare students to work in all areas of physical therapy practice. You will find unparalleled intellectual, cultural, racial and ethnic diversity within our faculty, students, university and community. The FIU Physical Therapy program provides students with internship opportunities in over 450 clinical sites throughout Florida, the nation and internationally. 

We are very proud of the fact that FIU Physical Therapy has won the American Physical Therapy Association’s esteemed Minority Initiatives Award not once, but twice, which is in keeping with our vision to be a national leader in physical therapy education and research. The mission of the Department is to contribute to the health of the global community.

Our student-centered program prepares an ethnically, racially and culturally diverse group of students to be caring and competent Doctors of Physical Therapy. The Department fosters critical thinking, scholarship and leadership through the conduct of an evidenced-based curriculum and dissemination of basic and clinical research related to populations who have, or are at risk for, developing movement problems. Faculty and students are engaged in community activity that is aligned with our research and teaching. Our Physical Therapy faculty is committed to supporting an education program that promotes accountability, altruism, compassion, excellence, integrity, professionalism and social responsibility.

Please peruse this site and the links for additional information.

Visit us often as we make updates to this site and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Mark Rossi, PT, PHD, CSCS
Interim Chair of the Physical Therapy Department
Florida International University
Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences