DeSales University in Center Valley, Pa., recently announced that it will begin enrolling students in its new Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program this fall. The University is now a candidate for accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy in Education.
The DPT program will “train highly qualified, compassionate physical therapists to meet the needs of patients with movement disorders in the Lehigh Valley,” while enhancing “the successful reputation that the University has built as a leader in educating the healthcare providers of the future,” program director Dr. Kay Malek said on the DeSales website.
The program includes “a well-qualified team of physical therapy educators” and “a contemporary curriculum,” Dr. Malek continued. In addition to coursework, the DTP program includes service-learning, clinical education, and a research project completed under the guidance of a faculty mentor.
According to the University, admission into the program is highly competitive. Eligible students must have received their degree in sport and exercise science or biology from DeSales or a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Starting in the fall of 2015, a second program component will allow high school seniors to apply for an accelerated program. With this option, students spend four years earning a Bachelor of Science in health science at DeSales and then two additional years completing the program’s graduate phase.
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