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TWU becomes first public university in Texas to offer clinical doctor of physical therapy degree


DALLAS/HOUSTON — 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.

“Graduates 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 Therapy.

TWU’s graduate 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.

“This is 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.

TWU’s new 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.

“Approval 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 professionals.”

For more information about this new degree program and the TWU School of Physical Therapy, visit www.twu.edu/pt.


For Further Information Contact:

Amanda McKeen Simpson
Director of News and Information
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: asimpson1@twu.edu

Page last updated January 22, 2009

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