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Physical therapy program begins with forty students

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After many months of preparation, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor opened its doors this fall to its first cohort of students for the new Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree.
In July UMHB received word from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that the program had gained candidacy, which meant the program could begin in August with its inaugural class of 40 students. These students come from a wide range of backgrounds, ages, and geographic locations from across the nation. What they all have in common is an ability to excel in their academic studies and a strong commitment to the field of physical therapy.
With its inception, the UMHB physical therapy program becomes one of less than 250 schools in the country. Entrance into DPT programs is very competitive with the national average being 400 qualified applicants per school for an average of 40 slots.
“After more than four years of preparation, we could not be more excited for these students and faculty that our DPT program is underway,” said the Dean of Graduate School and Research, Dr. Colin Wilborn.
The physical therapy program compliments the university’s mission to prepare students for lives of leadership, service, and faith-informed discernment in a global society, Wilborn said. “This new program is a natural fit, since the university already has an outstanding reputation in healthcare-related programs through its Scott & White College of Nursing,” he said.
Dr. Barbara Gresham, director of the DPT program, said that UMHB’s physical therapy curriculum has been designed to reflect the values of the university. “The passionate Christian faculty members and the program’s focus on service make our program distinctive,” she said.