Marshall, Alderson Broaddus reach physical therapy study agreement

The Marshall University School of Physical Therapy has partnered with Alderson Broaddus University to annually provide two qualified students at Alderson Broaddus the opportunity to enter the doctoral physical therapy program at Marshall.

The agreement allows AB graduates of any major to qualify if they’ve met the prerequisite course requirements.

“We’re enthusiastic about this partnership with Alderson Broaddus and provide students from other parts of the state with this opportunity in our physical therapy program,” said Dr. Jerome Gilbert, president of Marshall University. “Marshall is blessed with so many assets, including our school of physical therapy, and we are pleased to be able to create a seamless pathway to AB students to come to Marshall for their doctoral work.”

Alderson Broaddus University President Dr. James “Tim” Barry thanked Marshall for its commitment to collaboration in the state.

“If we’ve learned any lesson over the years in this state, it’s that we need each other,” Barry said. “This is a wonderful opportunity for two institutions to come together and address the issues of health care that are so prevalent in our state.”

Dr. Andrea J. Bucklew is the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Alderson Broaddus.

“Alderson Broaddus University and Marshall both share a strong commitment to student success,” Bucklew said. “We are so pleased to join in this partnership, which provides an additional pathway for both universities to provide exceptional academic opportunities to our students.”

The first cohort of Alderson Broaddus students may apply for the Marshall program this fall to begin the Doctor of Physical Therapy program in the summer of 2022.

Graduates of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Marshall University have gone on to work in hospitals, outpatient facilities, in rehabilitation clinics and with athletics teams. Graduates of the program have a 100% employment rate.

For more information contact Dr. Scott Davis, director of Marshall’s School of Physical Therapy by e-mail at


Photo:  Marshall University President Dr. Jerome Gilbert (second from left) and Alderson Broaddus (AB) President Dr. James “Tim” Barry (second from right) shake hands after signing an agreement to facilitate AB students’ entry to Marshall’s School of Physical Therapy.  Marshall’s Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Dr. Avi Mukherjee (left) and AB’s Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Andrea J. Bucklew are also pictured.