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Graduate Tuition Benefit

The Graduate College is now accepting applications for the Graduate Tuition Benefit for Fall 2016. The deadline is Monday, August 8. You must have a FAFSA form on file with the Financial Aid office to qualify for this benefit. Students enrolled in the Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Public Health, and Management Practice in Nurse Anesthesia programs are not eligible for the benefit. In addition, graduate students receiving assistantships that offer tuition benefits or students classified as Distance Learners may not receive this benefit.

School of Pharmacy Granted Full Accreditation Status

Marshall University’s Doctor of Pharmacy program has been granted full accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Board of Directors.

Dr. Kevin Yingling, Dean, MUSOP

Kevin W. Yingling, R.Ph., M.D., inaugural dean of the four-year-old program said the official notification came following the board’s meeting in Chicago.

“This achievement is an outstanding one for Marshall University, “Yingling said. “The standards for accreditation are complex and comprehensive and I am grateful to our team of faculty, staff and students who have worked so diligently during this process to ensure the outcomes were positive.  In many cases, we not only met the standards of quality—we exceeded them.”

The ACPE evaluation team found the school compliant with each of the 30 accreditation standards with nine standards identified for continued monitoring. The school will advance from Candidate Status to Accredited Status with a two-year cycle, which is customary with all new programs.

Marshall University President Jerome Gilbert said the accreditation success is a testament to the work of Yingling and others whose vision for the school was undeterred during the early years.

“I want to congratulate Dr. Yingling on this stellar accomplishment, “Gilbert said. “He and our late President Stephen Kopp were dedicated advocates of Marshall opening a pharmacy school which is proving to be strategically important and beneficial to our community, region and state.”

Inaugural Class of 2016 (002)
Inaugural Class of 2016

Marshall University’s Board of Governors approved the doctoral program in 2009, the first class entered in 2012 and graduated in May.

“The Higher Education Policy Commission extends wholehearted congratulations to Marshall University, under the leadership of President Gilbert and Dr. Yingling, on reaching this commendable milestone,” said Paul L. Hill, Ph.D., chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. “This is a testament to the growing success of Marshall’s pharmacy school – and it signals burgeoning new opportunities for our students and improved health care for our state.”

The Marshall University School of Pharmacy is a 2+4 program which means students can matriculate after earning the required prerequisites. It also boasts a learner-centered, interdisciplinary, team-based learning approach.

ACPE is an autonomous and independent agency whose board of directors is appointed by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), the American Pharmacists Association (AphA), the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) and the American Council on Education. Since the inception of its accreditation agency recognition program in 1952, ACPE has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, and in April 2004, received recognition by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Newly Accredited Physical Therapy Program Welcomes New Chair

Scott Davis PT, MS, EdD, OCS

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Marshall University

It is with great excitement that I return to Marshall University to serve as Professor/Chair of the School of Physical Therapy. My college education began at Marshall University where I completed two years (1984 to 1986) of my undergraduate degree. Unfortunately, Marshall did not offer a Physical Therapy program at that time, requiring me to complete my degree at West Virginia University. Today, Marshall undergraduates have the competitive opportunity to continue their graduate education in Huntington and attend one of the best new DPT programs in the country.

Through the leadership of the Founding Chair (Penny Kroll PT, PhD), the program has exceeded all expectations. The program achieved initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), filled several classes with 40 well qualified DPT students, produced outstanding student outcomes, and recruited a full compliment of highly-qualified and dedicated faculty. The program is on firm footing and ready for future growth and development.

My vision for the MU School of Physical Therapy is bold; however, I am confident that this vision can be realized over the next 5-10 years. A 2016 US News and World Report article ranked the Marshall PT program 118 out of 233 accredited programs. My vision includes a long-term program goal of being ranked in the top 50 by 2025. I believe this can be achieved through a carefully crafted strategic plan that includes: 1) Continuing to produce well-trained and professional Physical Therapists, who are ready to hit the ground running at graduation; 2) Achieving a full 10-year CAPTE re-accreditation in 2020; 3) Partnering with local physical therapy providers to develop post-professional residency training programs that promote advanced clinical specialization; 4) Developing a vibrant faculty research agenda; 5) Exploring opportunities to develop a complimentary PhD or ScD program in the rapidly growing area of Movement Science.

I have strong roots in southern West Virginia having spent my formative years in Chapmanville (Logan County). As such, I look forward to reconnecting with this region of the state and helping to educate healthcare providers that will serve the residents of the Appalachian region and beyond. It is also my hope that through community engagement, the Marshall School of Physical Therapy will be a leader in fostering health, fitness, and quality of life for all West Virginians.

Short Academic Biography

Dr. Davis attended Marshall University for two years before transferring to West Virginia University to complete a Bachelors Degree in Physical Therapy in 1988. He later earned a Masters degree in Statistics (2002) and a Doctoral Degree in Educational Psychology/Higher Education Leadership Studies (2006). He has practiced physical therapy for 28 years primarily in the areas of orthopedics and sports medicine. Before accepting the position of Professor/Chair in the Marshall University School of Physical Therapy, Dr. Davis was Professor and Director of Professional Education in the WVU School of Medicine where he taught entry-level physical therapy for 18 years. He is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (21 years). Dr. Davis has been involved in the APTA at the National and Component levels for many years. He is the Vice President of the West Virginia Physical Therapy Association and a Director on the APTA Orthopaedic Section Board of Directors. He is also the recent past Chair of the Research Committee for the Orthopaedic Section.



Marshall Offers New Master of Social Work Degree

The Marshall University College of Health Professions will offer a brand new Master of Social Work degree beginning fall 2016. The Board of Governors met Oct. 28 and voted to approve the new program.

Social workers are uniquely trained to work with addiction, mental and emotional health, the elderly population, veterans and members of the military and various other community components, according to MSW program director, Dr. Peggy Proudfoot Harman.

“MSW graduates work directly with clients and serve as a liaison between health care professionals and patients,” Harman said. “The program offers specialization in integrated behavioral health with opportunities to focus on veteran affairs and a variety of rural and underserved populations, which is especially exciting for our community given the large numbers of veterans who have returned from active duty, many returning from combat situations.”

The MSW program consists of 60 hours for the two-year generalist component designed for those coming to the field of social work from a related discipline, and 36 hours for those holding a bachelor’s degree in social work.  Full-time students can expect to graduate within two years and advanced standing students will be able to complete the program in one calendar year.  Part-time and online options will be available to those who cannot attend full-time classes. The program will begin accepting students in mid-January.  For more information on the Department of Social Work, visit or




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