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Faculty members of the Department of Physical Therapy with their support staff.
The founding faculty members of the Department of Physical Therapyís first doctoral in physical therapy degree program are pictured with their support staff. Front Row (L-R): Michelle Barnes, Jacqueline Lopez, Dr. Giovanni De Domenico, Dr. Yolanda Rangel, Professor Ann Newstead, Professor Patricia Rodriguez, Dr. Martha Acosta. Back Row (L-R): Dr. Patricia Brewer, Dr. Julie Barnett, Dr. Michael Geelhoed, Dr. Gregory Ernst, Dr. Catherine Ortega, Annette Zavala.

New doctoral degree in physical therapy offered

March 2009

This past fall, 40 students were recruited to begin the School of Health Professionsí first doctoral degree: a doctorate in physical therapy. Converting the current masterís 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 Associationís (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.


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