Students are now being accepted for the inaugural class at Anderson University School of Physical Therapy, which is expected to begin in June 2019.

The new school—the third physical therapy doctorate program in South Carolina—marks the latest expansion of Anderson University’s offerings at the University Center of Greenville.

The inaugural class is expected to begin on AU’s main campus, home to the Center for Medical Simulations as well as a cadaver lab. The remaining coursework then shifts to the Greenville campus and new, state-of-the-art teaching and research labs, according to a news story from the university.

“Our faculty have worked diligently to offer a program that provides an academically rigorous experience in the classroom and in the clinical environment,” says Dr Donald Peace, dean of the Anderson University College of Health Professions, in the news story. “Our program will certainly enhance the quality of education with the latest innovative technology in our University Center Greenville Campus.”

The developing DPT program will be submitting its Application for Candidacy (pre-accreditation status) to the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) before the end of the year. Pending CAPTE’s approval is anticipated in the spring of 2019, classes are scheduled to begin at the end of May.

AU’s physical therapy doctorate program consists of a 126 credit-hour curriculum with 32 weeks of full-time clinical opportunities in inpatient, outpatient, long-term rehabilitative care, and specialty settings. By completing their degree in only 8 semesters, AU graduates will be able to enter the job market 3 to 6 months sooner than DPT graduates from other nearby programs, per the news story.

“In addition to our faith-based mission and shorter curriculum, AU’s DPT program will be distinguished by its smaller class size (28 students per class), its strong focus on community service, and opportunities for students to pursue research and specialized clinical experiences,” adds Dr Martha Hinman, chair for the Anderson University School of Physical Therapy.

[Source: Anderson University]