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01-11-2010

Clarkson University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Accreditation Reaffirmed

The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) has reaffirmed accreditation of the Clarkson University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.

The ruling follows a year-long process consisting of a self-assessment report and an on-site visit by a CAPTE team. The program’s accreditation has been reaffirmed for seven years, the full time period allowed by CAPTE.

"This successful accreditation visit and outcome speaks very well to the devoted efforts of the PT department faculty, under the leadership of then chair Scott Minor," said Peter R. Turner, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. "It provides testament to the quality of the program, the care and dedication of the faculty, and the quality of the students who have graduated from our program to join the physical therapy profession."

Clarkson University’s Physical Therapy Program graduated its first class of master’s of physical therapy students in 2001. The first doctor of physical therapy class graduated in May 2009.

The program’s full-time faculty includes seven physical therapists and one anatomist. Many members of the local physical therapy community also teach in the program.

The curriculum is taught using problem-based learning to develop not only the current knowledge and skills needed to be a competent physical therapist, but also the skills needed for lifelong learning.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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