Graceland University Receives HLC Approval
for Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Graceland University is launching a new hybrid, accelerated Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, the latest graduate program for the 127-year-old institution.

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) formally approved the University’s doctoral program, which will be delivered as a hybrid, accelerated program, providing students with an innovative and collaborative learning environment.

“Approval from HLC is an exciting step,” said Graceland President Patricia H. Draves. “The team has been working hard to get our program to this point, and we are thrilled to launch this program.”

Students will experience an innovative, two-year curriculum and will graduate as movement system experts that can provide transformational care in a wide range of settings, including hospitals, outpatient clinics, homes, schools, sports and fitness facilities, workplaces, and nursing homes.  The hybrid format of instruction is provided through distance education and face-to-face onsite lab immersion sessions that allow students to live anywhere in the country. The program’s mission focuses on providing a learning community that reinforces justice, compassion, excellence, and a sense of belonging while adding to the diversity of the institution and profession of Physical Therapy.

The physical therapy field is growing rapidly, according to the 2021 Occupational Outlook from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Program Director Leigh Murray, PT, PhD, said, “We have worked hard to build a program that is innovative, accessible, and will attempt to contribute to improving the diversity of the profession. We feel this focus aligns tremendously well with Graceland’s initiatives.  I am so proud of the team we have put together so far, and I am looking forward to the future and how this program can positively contribute to the University!”

Graceland is hosting monthly informational webinars on the program, with the first one scheduled on January 31, 2023. For more information, visit the Graceland DPT page.

Augustana University’s DPT Program
Achieves Important Milestone in Accreditation Process

Augustana University is excited to announce that its Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program has achieved ”candidate for accreditation” status from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Nationally recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), CAPTE is the accrediting body for entry-level physical therapist programs.

“This achievement is a major milestone toward the realization of Viking Bold: The Journey to 2030 strategic plan as we begin to transform and deliver a new standard for physical therapy education,” said Augustana University Dean of the School of Health Professions and DPT Program Director Dr. Matt Volansky. “The word is spreading fast that something special is happening here at Augustana. Both students and faculty are taking notice, wanting to be a part of what we’re building.”

This achievement signifies that the Augustana DPT Program is successfully progressing toward full accreditation. Graduates from the inaugural program cohorts will now be eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) for licensure. Additionally, the USDE has ruled degrees earned and issued by an institution or program holding pre-accreditation from a nationally-recognized agency are considered to be from an accredited institution or program.

“The doctor of physical therapy program (DPT) showcases the academic innovation taking place at Augustana University, providing what many adult learners are looking for today and highly value — a flexible combination of synchronous and asynchronous online learning paired with in-person immersion labs and other cohort experiences,” said Augustana University President Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. “We are proud to offer a DPT program which reflects the integration of top skills with emerging fields and new technology.” The DPT program is launching in partnership with Evidence In Motion (EIM), a leading provider of hybrid health care education.

The Augustana DPT Program is the university’s first doctorate program. The innovative program is accelerated — preparing future physical therapists in two years through a hybrid model that combines online learning, lab immersions held at the National Sports Training Center near Minneapolis, Minnesota, and clinical education rotations at health care facilities across the country. The program will welcome its inaugural cohort in June of 2023.

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Diversity, Inclusion Apparent
in BGSU’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

As a working mom of two young children, Tedi Bunch was initially drawn to the new Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at Bowling Green State University for its hybrid flexibility and accelerated format.

But as she sat in orientation in Olscamp Hall in August and listened to the program’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, she realized its mission is much more profound.

“During our orientation, the faculty discussed how they’re building a nurturing and inclusive environment. Not only did they talk about diversity and inclusion, but I could see it right there all around me,” Bunch said. “Getting to know my cohort team that first orientation week, I was amazed and energized by our diversity and passion for physical therapy.”

Bunch, a U.S. Army veteran, is one of 96 students in the first cohort of the DPT program at BGSU that began this fall. The program is Ohio’s first and only public, accelerated, hybrid DPT program and is the largest cohort in the state.

More than three-fourths of the class, including Bunch, live outside Ohio and represent 27 states across America. The widespread cohort is made possible through the program’s hybrid approach that allows students to complete most of their coursework online. Students come to campus twice per semester for hands-on clinical practice.

Increasing diversity in the profession

The program, housed in the new School of Physical Therapy, has a dedicated director of diversity and belonging, a unique role at the program level that signifies its commitment to building a diverse and inclusive community of students, educators and staff.

In that role, Dr. Melissa Yeung is focused on enhancing the representation of minoritized groups within physical therapy with the belief that a diverse community is stronger and more impactful in driving public good.

“Our goal is to build a program that gives future physical therapists the tools to not only work with patients from diverse identities and backgrounds, but to help them develop an understanding of healthcare inequities,” she said. “We want our students to feel empowered as physical therapists to create positive change within the communities that they serve.”

The first cohort includes students from various racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds, including non-traditional students, military and veteran students and students from medically underserved areas. Minoritized students account for 37% of the class.

“Our charter cohort makes up one of the most diverse cohorts within physical therapy education in the U.S. and is a reflection of an intentional recruitment and admissions process that prioritizes the backgrounds and identities of students and their potential to be physical therapists,” Yeung said. “We hope that the work we are doing here at BGSU is a small step toward the diversification of the profession.”

Building a support network

Aside from the program’s emphasis on diversity and inclusion, Bunch said efforts to provide a strong support network have been helpful. Students were grouped into teams of 10 during orientation, led by an academic coach.

The goal is to ensure students feel supported in their journey, said Dr. Tricia Prokop, director of student affairs for the DPT program.

“Our coaching program is intentionally designed to not only create supportive connections and sense of community within the larger cohort, but also to support and develop the strengths of each individual student,” she said. “This strengths-based approach facilitates student success in the program and their careers and is especially effective in supporting a diverse student body such as ours because it acknowledges the unique aspects of each student.”

For Bunch, who lives in Fayetteville, North Carolina, the bonds formed at orientation have been integral, even just a few months into the program.

“Even though we’re all spread out across the United States, I know I have someone who is going through the same thing as me,” she said. “I have these nine people I can reach out to when I’m not sure what to do on an assignment. We exchanged phone numbers and birthdays, and we know each other’s families now. We are far apart, but it still feels very personal.”

Garrett Spicer, a local student in Whitehouse, Ohio, said he feels similarly about the team approach. Spicer said he’s only experienced small class sizes in college and has already had several virtual meetings with his academic coach.

“She’s very responsive, and it provides that close-knit student-teacher interaction that I prefer,” Spicer said.

Passions within physical therapy

For the last eight years, Spicer has worked as a physical therapist assistant at a clinic in Sylvania, Ohio. His boss encouraged him to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy and has been among his biggest supporters.

There are plans for Spicer to potentially take over the practice when his boss retires in a few years, the prospect of which is exciting, he said.

“As a physical therapist assistant, I can’t do the initial evaluations of diagnosing and evaluating the patient or developing their plan of care,” Spicer said. “I’m looking forward to more autonomy and the responsibility of deciding how to best help my patients.”

Spicer said he’d also like to incorporate more vestibular rehabilitation – treatment for vertigo – into the clinic. He was exposed to it early in his career and found it fascinating.

“It’s like a big puzzle,” Spicer said. “You have to figure out what’s causing the dizziness and then determine the best way to treat it. I’ve taken some continuing education courses on vestibular rehab, and it’s very intriguing to me.”

Houston native Mekayla Abrahams plans to focus on women’s health, specifically physical therapy before and after childbirth. Although a common practice abroad, Abrahams said it’s a traditionally underserved area in the U.S.

“Physical therapy is not a part of prenatal care, so a lot of women aren’t educated about it,” she said. “That’s something I want to change. Just like a lactation consultant comes in to see a woman after birth, a physical therapist should be included in that care team.”

Part of that interest, Abrahams said, is driven by her personal experiences with bladder health issues. Although initially prescribed medication, Abrahams learned through her interest in physical therapy that core and pelvic floor strengthening exercises could be much more effective.

“In my situation, medicine was being used as a Band-Aid,” she said. “I want to educate women on more holistic options that physical therapy provides.”

Hope and inspiration

Meena Dhawan saw firsthand the impact physical therapy had on her late father, Prem, who suffered a stroke in 2016.

“I remember seeing him grow through physical therapy,” she said. “Seeing him be bedridden to then watching him hop in the front seat of his old car became my motivation. I want to be that person for someone else’s family.”

Dhawan’s involvement in her father’s rehabilitation inspired her to pursue physical therapy as a career. She graduated from Mississippi College with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and pre-physical therapy and initially enrolled in a graduate physical therapy program in Iowa.

Dhawan said the program wasn’t a fit, and she preferred being closer to home in Vicksburg, Mississippi. That became a more significant focus after her father died earlier this year.

“With this program, I’ll be able to be in the house, so my mother doesn’t feel so alone,” Dhawan said.

Aside from the hybrid format, Dhawan said the University’s mantra of creating public good stuck with her as a first-generation Indian-American.

“Regardless of economic status, gender or ethnicity, BGSU is for everyone, and that makes me feel like I’m in great hands,” she said.

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Augustana University Launches Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
to Prepare Future Health Care Leaders

In support of its strategic plan Viking Bold: The Journey to 2030, Augustana University is excited to announce the launch of its Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program within its School of Health Professions. The university’s first-ever doctorate program will welcome its inaugural cohort in June of 2023.

Augustana’s DPT is an accelerated program that will prepare graduates to be health care leaders in two years. The program uses a hybrid model combining online learning, lab immersions held at the National Sports Training Center near Minneapolis, Minnesota, and clinical education rotations across the country.

The new program will prepare DPT students who can align their professional practice with a future of innovation — incorporating concepts such as genomics, telehealth, data science and bioelectronics in the curriculum to prepare student physical therapists to solve future health care problems.

“Our mission is to prepare innovative doctors of physical therapy who are empowered to integrate career and service to devise novel solutions to critical problems, as well as embrace lifelong learning to improve the human experience in a diverse world,” said Augustana’s Dean of the School of Health Professions and Director of the DPT Program Dr. Matt Volansky.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the physical therapy profession is expected to grow 21% over the next 10 years. Augustana’s DPT program is an accessible option for those who want to train as a physical therapist from anywhere in the country. The university’s hybrid approach also enables the program to recruit top faculty from across the U.S., allowing students to experience the highest quality education.

“In this unprecedented time of technology-driven innovation in both higher education and health care, this DPT program offers students an extraordinary educational experience in a flexible hybrid model. In doing so, it expands the university’s footprint, addresses the needs of our ever-expanding community and provides unique and timely opportunities for our students. And as is the case with all of our academic programs, the graduates of this one will be fully prepared to serve as leaders in their profession, in our region and throughout the country,” said Augustana Provost & Executive Vice President Dr. Colin Irvine.

AU’s DPT program — dedicated to a holistic admissions process with five admissions pathways for qualified Augustana students and graduates — is now accepting applications. The application deadline for the first cohort is April 17, 2023.

To learn more about the Augustana University DPT Program and how to apply, visit

DPT Accreditation

Hanover College Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Takes Major Step Toward Accreditation

The Hanover College Doctor of Physical Therapy program (DPT) has been granted “candidate for accreditation” status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). The achievement marks a key milestone for the new academic offering, indicating Hanover’s program is progressing toward accreditation. Hanover’s hybrid program provides students and faculty the flexibility to live anywhere in the country and graduate in two years, sooner than most traditional DPT programs.

“Hanover’s return to the world of graduate education is an important part of our future,” said Hanover President Lake Lambert. “A tremendous amount of progress has been made to make this vision a reality. Many of our faculty and staff members have been actively supporting the College’s effort to develop the DPT program through the past three years. We are thrilled to successfully complete these initial steps with CAPTE.”

CAPTE is nationally recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The entity grants specialized accreditation status to qualified entry-level education programs for physical therapists. Hanover’s DPT program previously received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission last summer.

“This new program will enhance campus life with vibrant new students and faculty, enhanced facilities, state-of-the-art technology and unique programming,” added Lambert. “I am excited because the DPT program not only adds a new dimension to our ability to deliver high-quality education, but it also forges a path between the College’s undergraduate and future graduate programs.”

Hanover’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program, the College’s first doctoral offering since 1915, will connect the liberal arts with career preparation in this high-demand field. The College is currently admitting students to join its first cohort. Applications for the program will be accepted through June 13. A virtual orientation will be held June 15-16 and classes are scheduled to begin June 21.

“Hanover’s distinctive culture and sense of community will provide an engaging and meaningful experience for DPT students,” said Kerry Volansky, D.Sc., associate provost for graduate studies, program director, and clinical professor. “This program will attract faculty and students from around the country, which creates a unique learning environment. We are grateful to the entire campus community for their support of this program. Next, we look forward to welcoming our first cohort of students this summer.“

Completion of Hanover’s accreditation process is expected during summer 2023. Federal regulations permit graduates of the initial cohort to sit for the National Physical Therapy Examination, the licensure exam for physical therapists, regardless of the program’s final accreditation outcome.

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Hanover College Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

The mission of Hanover’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program is to empower students to live purposeful lives with a personal commitment to academic excellence, a quest for life-long inquiry, the promotion of innovation and meaningful service to improve the health of society.

Hanover’s DPT curriculum is an accelerated two-year hybrid education model that combines online learning, on-site laboratory immersions and integrated clinical education experiences. Students access online virtual classroom for face-to-face live class sessions. This unique evidence-based curriculum is centered on high-quality, engaging coursework developed by Hanover’s faculty with threads of service, innovation, interprofessional education and telehealth woven throughout to prepare students for the future of physical therapy practice.

BGSU Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Achieves Accreditation Milestone

The new Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at Bowling Green State University has achieved an important step toward accreditation by being granted candidate for accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

CAPTE, an accrediting agency that is nationally recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), grants accreditation for qualified entry-level physical therapy programs. Previously, the BGSU DPT program received approvals from the Ohio Department of Higher Education and the Higher Learning Commission.

The University’s program is the first two-year accelerated, hybrid DPT program at a public university in Ohio. This fall, BGSU will welcome its first cohort of students, who will complete the program primarily online, while traveling to the Bowling Green campus for immersive, hands-on labs. This model makes physical therapy education accessible to students across the country. The launch of the new DPT program is being powered in partnership with Evidence In Motion (EIM), a leading provider of evidenced-based hybrid health care education solutions.

“We are so excited that CAPTE has approved the start of our DPT Program,” said Dr. Stephanie Thurmond, BGSU DPT program director. “Our hope is to bring professional education to students who previously thought it was out of reach by utilizing the accelerated, hybrid format. Students in Ohio and across the nation will be able to benefit from the University’s unmatched level of support and investment in student success.”

CAPTE’s candidate for accreditation status means graduates of the program will be eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) for licensure, regardless of the final accreditation outcome. Additionally, the USDE has ruled degrees earned and issued by an institution or program holding pre-accreditation from a nationally recognized agency are considered to be from an accredited institution or program.

“We are very pleased to receive CAPTE’s go-ahead for our DPT program to enter the candidacy phase,” said Dr. James Ciesla, dean of the BGSU College of Health and Human Services. “Our DPT program is very solid academically while also accessible to students due to its innovative hybrid design. Adding this DPT degree to our curriculum is yet another way BGSU and the College of Health and Human Services have shown commitment to meeting the needs of the future health care workforce.”

The deadline to apply for the inaugural DPT cohort is May 16, 2022, and classes start Aug. 15, 2022. The next admissions cycle will open June 15, 2022. All applications are submitted through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application System (PTCAS).

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Hawai’i Pacific University’s Bold Financial Moves
Seem To Be Paying Off

In early 2020, even before the coronavirus pandemic hit, Hawaii Pacific University was at a crossroads.

Enrollment at Hawaii’s largest private university had plummeted more than 50% over the previous decade, and revenue had dropped steeply, leading to long-time salary freezes for faculty.

On top of that, HPU had made bold, risky moves, taking on a mountain of debt to lease and renovate the state-owned Aloha Tower Marketplace to build facilities for student housing, dining and activities, as well multipurpose rooms for classes and functions. It also moved many classrooms from downtown to Waterfront Plaza, a commercial center popularly called Restaurant Row.

By 2018, HPU’s operating expenses exceeded revenue by $10.9 million, according to a financial statement filed with its tax return.

The pandemic might have been another blow. Instead, HPU has accelerated a comeback that started tentatively in 2019. In the past two years, the university has significantly increased enrollment. It has new medical programs in the works. And now HPU is financially back in the black.

HPU even gave faculty cost of living raises and bonuses last year, said Jennifer Walsh, HPU’s senior vice president and provost. The university’s $139,000 in positive operating income for 2021 might be modest, but HPU’s senior vice president and chief financial officer, Dave Kostecki notes, “This marks the first time that we have achieved greater than break even in a number of years.”

It’s a positive turn for an institution that plays a key role training residents for jobs in areas like nursing, an occupation perennially in short supply.

“HPU has a great reputation for good, qualified graduates,” said Art Gladstone, chief strategy officer for Hawaii Pacific Health, Hawaii’s largest hospital operator, who also is a trustee for HPU. “They put out really good graduates.”

A big reason is a growing number of students. Between the fall of 2019 and fall 2021, total enrollment grew 12.6 %, to 3,575 full-time equivalent students in 2021 compared with 3,174 in 2019, Walsh said.

Perhaps more remarkable is the growing number of incoming freshmen: in the fall of 2021, the university increased freshmen enrollment 56%, to 790, following an increase to 550 from 520 the previous fall.

And HPU is taking steps to grow more. The university is putting together a master’s degree program for physician assistants and a doctoral program for occupation therapists projected to launch in 2024, Walsh said.

In the shorter term, starting in July, the first cohort of students will arrive in Hawaii to start a new doctoral program in physical therapy.

The 110 students will pay $107,000 in tuition over two years to earn a doctorate via what HPU calls an accelerated hybrid program in which students visit campus every eight weeks a year but do most of the work remotely. It’s hardly cheap to run: HPU is hiring 50 adjunct professors and 15 full-time faculty and staff, including accomplished physical therapists who, says Walsh, “could make a good salary remaining in private practice.”

But with 150 students paying six figures, the program will provide substantial revenue for HPU.

“The return on investment is still very strong for this program,” she said. “We expect this program to be viable for many years to come.”

An important part of HPU’s future growth and expand the scope of their mission includes a partnership with Evidence In Motion (EIM), a leading provider of health care education solutions. All three new graduate health programs are powered by EIM as part of an OPM-style relationship.

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HPU’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Achieves Accreditation Milestone

HPU’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program was granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) on November 2, 2021. Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status with CAPTE and a major milestone for the program, indicating the DPT program is progressing toward accreditation. CAPTE is nationally recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and grants specialized accreditation status to qualified entry-level education programs for physical therapists.

“We’re thrilled to reach this exciting milestone,” said Dr. Tricia Catalino, DPT program director. “This is a big step on our way to welcoming students and bringing DPT education to Hawai‘i. We’ve been looking forward to this day and we are ready to help meet the health care needs of the people of Hawai‘i and beyond.”

Admissions for the HPU DPT Program launched earlier this year to tremendous interest. The two-year, accelerated, hybrid program is the first of its kind in Hawai‘i. The program combines online education that students can complete from anywhere, hands-on lab immersions at HPU’s Honolulu campus, and 32 weeks of full-time clinical experiences completed at sites across the state and U.S. Students will benefit from interprofessional education, with planned collaboration opportunities with HPU’s nursing, public health, psychology, and social work programs.

“Key to Hawaiʻi Pacific University’s vision are the opportunities for graduate programs that meet the needs of evolving demographics in healthcare industries and the growing marketplace. We are excited and thankful to have the resources to offer an exceptional and innovative doctorate of physical therapy program that’s part of the universityʻs expansion and strategic initiatives,” said HPU President John Gotanda. Included in these initiatives is a partnership with Evidence In Motion (EIM), a leading provider of online and hybrid health care education, to help facilitate the launch of the new DPT program.

HPU’s DPT program is committed to building a professional ‘ohana of diverse and open-minded leaders who anticipate and respond to the needs of the global community. The deadline to apply for the inaugural cohort is May 16, 2021, and classes start July 1, 2022.

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BGSU Launches Innovative
Two-year Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Committed to creating public good and supporting workforce needs, Bowling Green State University has launched an all-new Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program.

The only of its kind in Ohio, the two-year accelerated, hybrid program is positioned to draw students from around the country and will allow for coursework completion from virtually anywhere.

The BGSU DPT program will be housed in the School of Physical Therapy, which was created in June 2020, in the College of Health and Human Services (HHS). Students will complete a majority of their coursework online, but will come to campus twice per semester for hands-on clinical practice.

“We are very excited to finally offer this program,” said Dr. Stephanie Thurmond, school director and associate teaching professor. “This is an excellent program that will attract a diverse population of students from around the country to BGSU, and it will really fulfill a need in physical therapy practice.”

Meeting a critical need

The launch of the DPT degree comes at a time when people are relying heavily on health care providers due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Meanwhile, demand for physical therapists is also set to grow 18% from 2019 through 2029, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“The need for physical therapists to help rehabilitate patients recovering from coronavirus-related illness is ever-growing,” Thurmond said. “As experts in movement practice, the goal of a physical therapist is to get patients to the highest level of function they can attain. Patients recovering from COVID-19 are going to need that specialized care, and we can educate our students on how to provide that care upon completion of the DPT program.”

Learning from experienced experts

Students admitted to the DPT program at BGSU will learn from experienced faculty and industry-leading physical therapy practitioners guided by standards set by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

Based on those benchmarks, BGSU DPT students will learn how to make appropriate clinical judgments through efficient and effective reasoning, reflection and mindfulness. Courses will focus on Clinical Neuroscience for the Physical Therapist, Health Promotion and Fitness Management, Cardiopulmonary Practice and more.

The University’s DPT program has approval from the Ohio Department of Higher Education and the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The program is also seeking CAPTE accreditation and will submit a formal application for candidacy on December 1, 2021.

“Students pursuing a DPT degree at BGSU are going to get an engaging and rigorous education,” said Dr. Jim Ciesla, HHS dean. “The University is well-known for producing successful, skilled graduates in health and human services careers. DPT faculty at BGSU are known in their fields, are highly respected and are eager to create public good through well-rounded students.”

Reducing barriers to education

Offering a holistic admissions approach, BGSU is reducing barriers for students looking to enter the physical therapy profession by not requiring the GRE or interviews for its accelerated program.

“We want to provide prospective students an opportunity to get into the field, and we do that by reducing barriers,” said Dr. Jennifer Kish, DPT admissions director and associate clinical professor. “The flexibility and cost-effectiveness of the BGSU DPT program speaks to the University’s mission of keeping education accessible. We value diversity in our student body and our faculty support every student’s academic and career success.”

The accelerated, hybrid format of the BGSU DPT program also reduces overall student cost and the need for relocation, which increases access to underrepresented groups in the physical therapy profession.

Entering the workforce faster

Through the University’s innovative program, students will be able to enter the workforce sooner and earn a salary faster.

Upon passing the licensure exam, graduates will have the opportunity to practice in a variety of settings, including outpatient clinics, hospitals, critical care units and sports and fitness facilities. At present, the average annual salary for entry-level DPT graduates is $85,000.

The BGSU DPT program will welcome its first cohort beginning in Fall 2022, and a program open house is set for Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021 in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

“This has been a long time in the making and everyone in the School of Physical Therapy is eager to educate the next generation of physical therapists so they can lead meaningful and productive lives,” Thurmond said.


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