Special to HNN Provided by Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University’s new Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is accepting student applications and plans to admit the inaugural class in May 2012, Dr. Penny G. Kroll, chairman of the Department of Physical Therapy, said today.

Kroll said students can review the program admission requirements at the College of Health Professions website, Physical Therapy webpage – http://www.marshall.edu/cohp/?page_id=331, in the “Applying to the Program” section, and can find the online program application by going to www.marshall.edu/graduate. She said she expects about 40 students to make up each class.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is an entry-level, 114-credit, three-year, lock-step clinical degree program for students who wish to pursue a career as a physical therapist practitioner, and who possess a baccalaureate degree and required prerequisite coursework. 

The application deadline is Dec. 1 for priority consideration. Students who apply after this deadline will be considered for any seats remaining in the class after that date.

Kroll said much has been accomplished since the DPT program was approved by Marshall’s Board of Governors in 2009. She has been at Marshall for more than a year, working on developing the new program.

“So far, the curriculum has been developed, regional accreditation has been received, and I added a Director of Clinical Education last January,” Kroll said. “We are now in the process of hiring additional faculty, and a good amount of space is being renovated over at the St. Mary’s Educational Center at 5th Avenue and 29th Street to house the program. It should be ready in late April.”

For more information, contact Kroll by e-mail at kroll@marshall.edu, or by phone at 304-696-5290.