Arcadia University announces Arcadia DPT Online, an expansion to its nationally ranked Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program that offers a hybrid learning model for healthcare and medical professionals.

Beginning in fall 2020, the hybrid expansion will include both online (distance) learning and periodic on-campus instruction and have the same curriculum, objectives, and duration as the residential DPT program; it will also run parallel with the residential program. 

“Graduates of Arcadia’s nationally ranked health sciences programs are at the forefront of their respective fields and employed at and affiliated with leading healthcare organizations,” Rebecca Craik, PhD, PT, FAPTA, dean of the College of Health Sciences at Arcadia University, says in a media release. “We are excited to expand the reach of our College of Health Sciences opportunities to students and health care professionals around the world in this new hybrid format.” 

Arcadia faculty will teach students through weekly live classes and interactive coursework on an online platform that works seamlessly on mobile devices. Students will also perform hundreds of hours of fieldwork during which they will receive hands-on training at clinical placement sites in their communities. 

At the April 28 Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education meeting, Arcadia DPT was approved for an expanded accreditation to include its hybrid learning model.

In March, U.S. News & World Report ranked Arcadia’s DPT program in the top 10% of nationally ranked programs and first among Philadelphia-area programs. Arcadia DPT graduates surpass the national average for passing the licensure examination on their first attempt, and 100% of graduates have found employment.  

With the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimating the occupational outlook for physical therapy to grow by 22% in the next 8 years, and with the coronavirus pandemic underlining the need for quality healthcare delivery, Arcadia’s DPT program is solidly positioned to continue graduating healthcare professionals ready to make a difference in their communities, the release continues.

“Physical Therapy is one of the few fields that will experience exponential growth in the years ahead, and it’s remarkable to think about the impact our graduates will have on the field,” Dr Jeff Rutenbeck, provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at Arcadia University, notes in the release. “We’re proud to increase the accessibility of one of Arcadia’s prized programs.”

For more information about Arcadia DPT Online, or the College of Health Sciences, visit Arcadia University.

[Source: Arcadia University]