New doctoral degree in physical therapy offered
This past fall, 40 students were recruited to begin the School of Health Professions’ first doctoral degree: a doctorate in physical therapy. Converting the current master’s degree program to a three-year doctoral program brings the university in line with a national trend to offer a doctoral degree in this growing field. The move is based on the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) recommendation that a doctoral degree be the entry-level professional degree for physical therapists. APTA is the national professional organization for physical therapists and provides accreditation to those wishing to enter the field.