DeSales University in Center Valley, Pa, has announced that it will begin enrolling students in its new Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program this fall, according to news report from the Catholic Education Daily. The university is now a candidate for accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy in Education (CAPTE). Program director Kay Malek, PT, PhD, says the program will include “a well-qualified team of physical therapy educators” and a “contemporary curriculum.”

In addition to the coursework, the program includes clinical education, service-learning, and a research project completed under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

The Catholic Education Daily news report notes that according to the university, admission into the new program is very competitive and eligible students must have received their degree in sports and exercise science or biology from DeSales or a 4-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

Beginning in the fall of 2015, a second program component will allow high school seniors to apply for an accelerated program. With this option, students spend 4 years earning a Bachelor of Science in health science at DeSales and then two additional years completing the graduate phase of the program.

Malek says the DPT program will “train highly qualified, compassionate physical therapists to meet the needs of patients with movement disorders in the Lehigh Valley.”

Source: Catholic Education Daily