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Greetings from the USF Health Office of Student Affairs

Congratulations to the recently accepted members in DPT Class of 2017. The Office of Student Affairs is pleased to welcome you to the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences and we look forward to meeting you. Our staff includes the individuals listed below. Please feel free to contact any of us if you have questions or need assistance.

Kira Zwygart, MD, Associate Dean for Student
Danielle Schutz, M.A., M.A.B.M.H., Director for Student
Phyllis Ridgeway, Office
Chad Whistle, M. Ed., Program
Willie Mitchell, Staff
Michelle Williamson, Director of Financial
Barbara Muffly, Financial Aid
Marrissa Cook,
Wendy Steiger, Assistant

Please make note of the following important information, dates, and requirements pertaining to your upcoming enrollment. Attendance at the outlined events is mandatory for all students in the DPT Class of 2017. Closely read this entire section taking immediate steps to comply with all requirements, many take significant time to complete.

Link to SPTRS Website:


E-mail is our primary means of communication with students prior to matriculation. We may also send mailings via the U.S. postal service. DPT students must communicate e-mail or U.S. mail address changes to the School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences (Mr. Matt Smith – 

 Getting Your USF Student ID Number (U-Number) and USF Health Account

You will need to request your USF Student ID Number and USF Health account. You must complete the following steps provided in the order listed Start the process early so you can receive all of your Financial Aid updates. Your Financial Aid information will be sent to you via your new USF Health email address.

 USF MD/DPT Student Badge/ ID Card

Apply for a USF Medical/Physical Therapy Student Badge/ID card at the USF Card Center located in the Marshall Student Center, Room 1505. Hours are Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-6:00pm, and Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm. For more information please call (813) 974-2357.

 Computer and Printer Requirements

All USF Morsani College of Medicine Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students are required to own a notebook computer and optionally purchase a color laser printer for instructional purposes (highly recommended).

Students must also have a high-speed internet connection at their residence in order to access online course information.

Students must have your network computer available for use on Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Please follow the timeline for purchasing, receiving, and configuring your notebook computer and software by USF Health Information Systems (813) 974-6288 to assure you will be prepared for classes:

  • May 12, 2014 – Begin placing orders with the USF Computer Store located in the Marshall Student Center or via the website or phone (813) 974-1779.
  • July 1, 2014 – Last day to place computer orders with the USF Computer Store to be sure it will be ready for classes. Computer Store staff will contact you when your order arrives and to arrange payment and pickup of the equipment.
  • July 21, 2014 – Last day for Doctor of Physical Therapy students to bring your computer to USF Health I/S for set-up/software installations to be assured it will be ready by July 29, 2014.

Plan that your computer will be with the Health I/S group from 1 to 3 days, depending on the number of computers awaiting setup. Health I/S normally finishes most within a day. Health I/S will install: Microsoft Office from disc bundle purchased with the laptop, Connectra VPN Client, ExamSoft, Image Scope, Adobe Reader, webcam and videoconference software (as appropriate), and approved Antivirus software. The computer will also be configured to work with the USF Health Wireless networks, and any other software requested by the student will be installed. 

For students who do not purchase a Dell branded computer, all services will be available to them with the exception of onsite hardware replacement. If you have any technology issues or questions in the future, please contact USF Health Information Systems through one of the following methods:

Health IS Live Chat Portal:  

Health IS Support Email Address:

USF Health Information Systems provide full technical support for all students (   

The latest version of the Movi client is 4.7.1, but as long as you have at least version 4.4.3 then you should not experience any compatibility issues. Configuration of the client (server and connection settings) will need to be performed by USF Health I/S to ensure any potential issues are kept to a minimum.

*** USF Health I/S is located in the Faculty Office Building (FOB) at 13220 USF Laurel Dr., 2nd Floor.


    1. Most software installations can be done by you through links provided on our Health I/S website, including the Movi desktop conferencing client. It is not mandatory that I/S perform this installation; however, they are more than happy to accommodate anyone who would like assistance.  (You will need your USF Health Email ID and Password to access these downloads)  You can contact USF Health IS at, or through the live chat portal at, and also on the phone at (813) 974-6288 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.
    2. If you already own computers with Windows 7, you should not have any compatibility issues. We strongly recommend Windows 7 as Microsoft has started to phase out support for Windows XP and Vista.  Windows 8 is the most common operating system purchased with machines today, and it will work with most required applications.  There may be some incompatibility issues associated with using Windows 8, so please keep that in mind.
    3. If orders are placed with the USF Computer Store, Health I/S recommends that you pick up, verify your order is complete and meets your satisfaction before delivery to Health I/S for setup and software installation. 

Financial Aid Recipients: If you need to have any component of a new computer and/or printer purchase added to your cost of attendance budget for financial aid, you must provide the Financial Aid Office with copies of purchase receipts for the required computer components.

Primary Recommendations for Computing:

  • It is strongly recommended that you purchase a Windows-based PC notebook.
    • While we have listed below specifications for a MAC (Apple), please be aware that USF Health I/S primarily supports PC units.
  • Students will be using ExamSoft software for computer-based examinations. A Mac Version of ExamSoft is available, and is currently used here at USF Health along with the Windows version. If you would still prefer to run Boot Camp with a purchased copy of Windows 7 on your Mac that is supported as well.
  • Recommended MAC and Windows computer models for DPT students (USF Computer Store):
    • Dell Latitude 14  
    • Dell Latitude 15
    • MacBook Pro 15”   

If a student already has a laptop, or wants to buy a non-Dell machine then these are the minimum recommended specifications:

Minimum MAC and Windows PC Specifications:

  • Intel Core I3, I5, or I7 3rd Generation or higher family of processors or AMD A8 or A10 series processors
  • 1.9 Ghz or higher processor (CPU) speed (Dual Core Processor minimum)
  • 14” or higher display running 1366 X 768 resolution or higher
  • Ethernet connection (wired)
  • Wireless B/G/N connection
    • 6 Gigabytes of RAM or higher
    • 500Gigabyte Hard Drive
    • SELECT MD Program Students – Compatible HD webcam (minimum of 2MP video conferencing with conferencing software)
    • Microsoft Windows 7 Operating System


  • Operating Systems
    • PC- Windows 7 or Windows 8 32 bit or 64 bit (64-bit preferred)
    • MAC OS X 10.6 or higher
  • Microsoft Office*
    • PC – Microsoft Office 2010 or 2013
    • MAC – Office 2011
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader X
  • Antivirus software (Symantec is provided free of charge through the USF website with NetID)
  • Connectra VPN Client
  • Image Scope
  • ExamSoft – PC or MAC (Mac Boot Camp is not required)


  • HP LaserJet Pro 200 M251nw Color Printer (or equivalent) – ~$259
  • Any Color LaserJet Printer will suffice if other brands are preferred as the computer store may not stock all versions


  • Logitech C615
  • Logitech C920


    1. Dell models have 3-year parts and labor, or the 3-year accidental damage coverage warranty.  Depending on which option is chosen the price can change, so please make sure you verify which one you are purchasing.
    2. Systems are subject to change as new models are introduced, but comparable pricing and specs will be maintained throughout the "Back to School" rollout period.
    3. *Microsoft Office 2010, 2013, and the latest Windows Operating Systems are now available to all DPT students at the USF Computer Store for a deeply discounted price (under $50) due to an agreement negotiated between USF Health IS and the USF Computer Store.  Contact USF Health IS through our live chat portal, via email, or on the phone (813) 974-6288 from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Due to recent software updates from Apple, Mac Mail may not function properly on the USF Health Network at this time, and Microsoft Office 2011 for MAC is the recommended email client on the Apple platform.

 Expected Computer Competencies

Students must be able to demonstrate basic computer skills upon entry into medical school including the ability to:

1. Launch a computer application.

2. Save work to a computer file.

3. Print a file.

4. Copy a file for use on another computer.

5. Use a standard word processing program to create and edit a formatted document using tables and graphics.

6. Use e-mail effectively, including proper etiquette.

7. Access and use the Internet.

8. Create a PowerPoint presentation.

9. Students not proficient in these skills are invited to participate in any of the training workshops offered by USF Health Information Services.

 Student Health Requirements

The Morsani College of Medicine has the following four (4) health related requirements that must be met prior to matriculation:

  1. Students must have health insurance in effect at all times during enrollment at USF MCOM. During orientation you will be required to sign a statement certifying you have health insurance coverage.  Annual recertification is required throughout your enrollment. Information on the health insurance policy offered by USF will be available at orientation for students who do not have current health insurance.
  2. DPT students do not need disability insurance.
  3. Students must undergo a physical examination prior to starting school. Complete the Physical Exam Verification form (last sheet in the packet) and take it to your health care provider for completion of their section. Return the form to Linda Lennerth, RN, Associate Director, Medical Health Administration (address on form) as soon as possible, but no later than July 1, 2014.
  4. Students must complete and provide documented evidence of immunity to specified communicable diseases listed on the Communicable Disease Prevention Certification form. All immunity documentation must have the student’s name clearly identified on every page/sheet; particularly when submitting documents in a “book” format. A list of acceptable documentation is provided on the Communicable Disease Prevention Certification form. Return the form and documentation to Linda Lennerth, RN, Associate Director, Medical Health Administration (address on form) as soon as possible, but no later than July 1, 2014.

Students in the DPT Program: All immunizations must be up to date at the time of matriculation on July 29, 2014. Students are not permitted to begin classes or to work in any of our hospitals or clinics without providing the required evidence of physical examination and documented immunity to the diseases listed.

 Registration and Orientation

Registration and Orientation Day for students in the Core MD Program, SELECT MD Program, and DPT Program will be on Friday, August 1, 2014 in the LVHN Learning Center of the Morsani College of Medicine; Room MDA 1209.  We will begin with a Welcome Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. followed by a series of short presentations and registration activities. It is essential for all new medical and physical therapy students to report on August 1, 2014 and remain in attendance throughout the entire day until 5:00 p.m. Students must dress appropriately professional (i.e. men should wear a shirt and tie; jacket is not necessary).  Pictures will be taken for your class composite. All students will be fitted for their white coat at Orientation. Coats purchased through the COMPAC website are different and used for a distinctive purpose.

 Professions of Health

Your USF Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Physical Therapy experience will begin with a weeklong introduction to teamwork and interprofessional education. Twenty-first century health care is not delivered by individuals but by teams, and the first week will give you the chance to work with a group of students from multiple disciplines in multiple tasks, both academic and experiential (with patients and healthcare providers). In doing this we hope you will begin your studies with an appreciation for how health care depends on many partners, and how your awareness of who your partners are and what they contribute to patient care will be critical to your success as a physician or physical therapist. It should also be a lot of fun!

Frazier Stevenson, M.D.
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education
Professor of Medicine

William S. Quillen, PT, DPT, PhD, FACSM
Associate Dean
Director, School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences

 Name Tag

The Office of Student Affairs will make name tags for each new student, which you will be required to wear daily during the first 2 weeks of school.

Name tags will contain your official name as reflected in your BANNER registration. If you prefer an alternate name (i.e. middle name, or nickname) and wish to have that name printed on the name tag in lieu of your first name, please email Ms. Danielle Schutz (dschutz@health.usf.eduno later than July 11, 2014. Changes will not be made once school begins on August 4, 2014.

 Family Information Sessions

 Family Day for Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students will be held on Thursday, July 31, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the USF School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences. Students are invited to bring whomever they consider to be their support team to learn about their program and tour the School.

 White Coat Ceremony

Students in the DPT class of 2016 will participate in Commitment to Professionalism Ceremony on the evening of October 16, 2014. You will receive additional information regarding the ceremony at a later date, as your family and friends may wish to attend this event.

 Campus Parking

A valid USF Parking Permit is required on all vehicles parked on campus. Morsani College of Medicine students must purchase a Non-resident Student Permit.  If you are unable to secure your Non-resident Student Permit prior to Orientation on August 1, 2014 make sure you purchase a Visitor Permit on the morning of August 1st as explained below.

Non-resident Student Permit – Online sales for 2014-2015 will be available starting on July 15, 2014.  If you already have a parking account you can log into myUSF with your NetID, and under the Services tab click on the Parking link to access your account. If you do not have a parking account, please visit Parking & Transportation Services to Create an Account. At the time of purchase you will be able to print out a temporary parking permit to use until the permanent permit arrives via U.S. mail.  Allow one week for delivery. Temporary permits are valid for 14 days. For more information please call (813) 974-3990. You are strongly advised to purchase your permit online prior to the start of school. The cost for an annual Commuter Student Permit will be $183 plus tax.

Visitor Permit – This is available from Parking Pay Stations located in Lot 19 on USF Magnolia Drive by the Moffitt Child Care Center. The cost is $5/day plus tax and payable by Visa, MasterCard or Discovery only.

Note:  Students should purchase an annual permit, not a semester permit. An annual permit is effective for a 12-month period from August 2014 to August 2015. The effective dates for a semester permit do not extend through the end of the first-year curriculum in 2015. A semester permit would not allow you to park on campus during the final 2 to 3 weeks of school.

The Non-resident Student Permit allows you to park in any lot/garage designated “S” (Non-resident Student).  Lot 32 on USF Hawthorn Drive is the closest lot to the medical school with over 450 spaces available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Lot 33T on USF Health Drive has over 100 “S” spaces available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Overflow student parking is accommodated in Lot 19 on USF Hawthorn Drive by the Moffitt Child Care Center and in the Laurel Garage on USF Laurel Drive next to the Morsani Health Center and is serviced by the Bull Runner B route.  The most economical parking permit is the “Y” (Park-n-Ride), and Lot 43 on USF Laurel Drive is the closest “Y” designated parking to USF Health, and is serviced by the Bull Runner B route.

 Housing and Roommate List

On-campus dormitories at USF are not-well suited for MCOM professional degree program (DPT) students due to differences in the academic calendars. We recommend students obtain nearby housing off-campus and room with another medical/physical therapy student. USF Health has affiliated with a housing service to assist students looking for housing in the Tampa Bay area. Visit USF Health Real Estate with Honors for more information. To facilitate the possibility of your rooming with another MCOM student, we will compile a list of MCOM students seeking roommates. Please e-mail Mr. Chad Whistle ( with your name and applicable contact information (address, home phone number, cell phone, and e-mail address).

 Financial Aid

Financial Aid information and instructions were e-mailed to you under separate cover. Award notices will be sent to you as your application packets are completed. If you have questions or need further assistance please contact Ms. Michelle Williamson ( or Ms. Barbara Muffly (

 Student Tuition, Fees and Other Expenses

Various fees will be collected at Orientation on August 1, 2014 so be sure to bring your checkbook. We cannot accept cash, credit or debit cards. Tuition and fees for the 2014-2015 academic year are ESTIMATED to be $22,100 for in-state students and $29,000 for out-of-state students. The yearly amount is split into 2 installments. The first installment, an estimated amount pending approval, and the due date will be determined by the Florida Board of Governors. The second installment will be due in January 2015. Your tuition assessment will be available online approximately 30 days prior to the start of classes. An e-mail with your login information will be sent at that time by Ms. Marrissa Cook, Morsani College of Medicine Registrar. Other approximate expenses during the first few weeks of school include: Books $1000; Turning Point remote $50, and miscellaneous supplies $400.

 Technical Standards

DPT students were provided a copy of the technical standards with their acceptance letter. Students must advise the Office of Student Affairs in writing of any accommodations that may be needed to assist in accomplishing the requirements specified in the technical standards.

 Morsani College of Medicine Peer Advisory Committee

The Morsani College of Medicine Peer Advisory Committee (COMPAC) is a group of twelve second-year MD students and two second-year DPT students dedicated to welcoming new MD and DPT students into the USF Morsani College of Medicine. You will receive communications from them throughout the summer about planned events.



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