The University of St Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) for its new Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program being launched at USAHS Dallas campus.

USAHS is now accepting applications to the DPT program, which will launch in Dallas this fall.

“The University’s success blends our modern, interdisciplinary health sciences education with a focus on unparalleled patient care and service to the community,” Dr Thomas Werner, DPT Program Director in Dallas, says in a media release. “We are pleased to have completed another step in the pre-accreditation process, which started over 2 years ago.”

The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences opened the new Dallas campus in 2019, located in the Riverside Commons complex in Irving-Las Colinas, to help meet the growing demand for qualified rehabilitative science professionals and advanced-practice nurses in Texas.

USAHS Dallas currently offers programs in occupational therapy and speech-language pathology on campus. The University also offers several online health science graduate programs including Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Master of Health Administration (MHA), Master of Health Science (MHS), and Doctor of Education (EdD), per the release.

“Texas is one of the fastest-growing states in the nation; combined with an aging population, the demand for healthcare services in Texas and the greater DFW area will be remarkable,” Werner adds. “The impact of this shortage will be profound if there are not enough licensed, practice-ready professionals prepared to meet this growing demand in the next decade.”

The projected increase in demand for physical therapists is 22% through the year 2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That projection means the country is expected to need more than 54,000 new physical therapists within the next decade.

Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status, nor does it assure eventual accreditation, the release notes.

Founded in 1979, USAHS is an accredited, graduate–level university that is committed solely to health and rehabilitative sciences through innovative classroom and clinical education. USAHS is a private university that has been serving the Austin area since 2012, with other campuses in St. Augustine and Miami in Florida, and San Marcos in Southern California.

[Source(s): University of St Augustine, PR Newswire]