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TWU becomes first public university in Texas to offer clinical
doctor of physical therapy degree
— Texas Woman’s University is now the first public
university in Texas to offer a clinical doctor of physical
therapy degree. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
granted TWU the authority to offer this degree on Jan. 25.
TWU will begin
offering the degree in fall 2007 at its Institute of Health
Sciences-Dallas Center at Presbyterian Hospital and its Institute
of Health Sciences-Houston Center in the Texas Medical Center.
of this new program will achieve the highest level of clinical
practice preparation for a physical therapist in today’s
ever-changing healthcare environment,” said Dr. Sharon
Olson, professor and director of the TWU School of Physical
program in physical therapy ranks first among public universities
in Texas and is ranked 31st nationally, according to U.S.
News and World Report. TWU also offers the only Ph.D. in physical
therapy in Texas.
another first for the School of Physical Therapy at TWU, one
that reflects the outstanding quality and excellent reputation
of the program,” said Dr. Jimmy H. Ishee, dean of the
College of Health Sciences.
doctor of physical therapy program is an eight-semester program,
including summer sessions. Students should be able to complete
the clinical program in three years. Eventually, the program
will replace the university’s master of science in physical
therapy entry-level program. TWU will continue to offer the
academic Ph.D. in physical therapy degree.
of the DPT provides continuing evidence of TWU's leadership
in the field of physical therapy,” said Dr. Jennifer
Martin, dean of the TWU Graduate School. “Graduates
of the new program will be well prepared for advanced levels
of practice and effective collaboration with other healthcare
For more information
about this new degree program and the TWU School of Physical
Therapy, visit www.twu.edu/pt.
Amanda McKeen Simpson
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