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SC Wins State Approval For Doctoral Program In Physical Therapy

February 18, 2005

SPRINGFIELD, Mass, Feb. 18, 2005 -- Springfield College today announced that it will offer a doctor of physical therapy program beginning this fall. The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education yesterday approved the college’s plan for a six and a half year combined bachelor of science and doctoral degree program in physical therapy (DPT).

According to Prof. David J. Miller, Ph.D., chair of the Springfield College Physical Therapy Department, “The new doctoral program will allow us to better train our students so that they will enter the field of physical therapy with the level of education needed to meet the demands of today’s practice.”

Students accepted into the new doctoral program will enroll as first-year undergraduates and remain at Springfield College until they complete the DPT. “It’s a seamless program with no need to transfer after completing the bachelor’s degree in the first four years,” Miller said. He added that students in the program will have the opportunity for a traditional undergraduate experience in the first four years, participating fully in athletics, activities and campus life.

The DPT program will include three years of science and general education coursework, and three and a half years of the professional curriculum. In the final two years, students will apply their classroom learning and gain clinical experience through three 10-week full time placements in such settings as hospitals, private practices, and workplaces. “Graduates will emerge with the professional capability to deliver a high level of patient care,” Miller said.

The new doctoral program will replace the Springfield College’s current a five and a half year combined bachelor’s and master’s degree program in physical therapy.

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