Baylor University announces that its graduate school is offering a new Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program, with classes starting in January 2018.
“In addition to our long-standing and highly ranked program with the US Army, Baylor will now offer a civilian DPT program that is open to all applicants around the country,” says Larry Lyon, PhD, vice provost and dean of the Graduate School, in a media release from Baylor University, located in Waco, Tex.
According to the release, the program will blend intensive, faculty-directed online and onsite learning activities and collaborative clinical experiences that will be available in a nationwide network of clinical education sites, with laboratory sessions in Dallas and orientation, student events, and graduation at Baylor’s Waco campus.
“Students can live anywhere in the country as long as they can commute to Dallas for the onsite lab intensives,” explains John D. Childs, PT, PhD, MBA, FAPTA, associate professor and director of Baylor’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.
Denny Kramer, PhD, associate dean of the Graduate School, adds that the academic program, which usually takes 3 years to complete, will be compressed into an accelerated, 2-year curriculum that integrates innovative technology, blended learning methods, and structured clinical education.
The first DPT class at Baylor is scheduled to begin in January 2018 with an estimated 100 students, with graduation scheduled for December 2019.
The curriculum will consist of 66 weeks of didactic education and 31 weeks of clinical education, with a 6-month internship to prepare graduates for entry-level practice and serve as a foundation for post-professional residency opportunities in several specialties within physical therapy practice, the release notes.
[Source: Baylor University]