Marshall University Doctor of Physical Therapy program receives full accreditation

7022The School of Physical Therapy has achieved full accreditation status for its Doctor of Physical Therapy program from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).  For all new programs, the first accreditation is for five years, after which they must submit a self-study for reaccreditation with the possibility of 10 years of accreditation at that time.

Since opening its doors in May 2012, the School of Physical Therapy has worked hard to reach this achievement, according to program director Dr. Penny Kroll.

“It’s been a long, arduous process, but I’m happy to say with the help of my wonderful, talented academic and clinical faculty and support from our university administration and from the Marshall University and Huntington communities at large, we have achieved our goal,” Kroll said.

Kroll said the highlight of the entire accreditation process was watching the inaugural class of students receive their hoods and doctoral degrees at the May 9 graduation ceremony.

Dr. Michael Prewitt, dean of the College of Health Professions and one of the School of Physical Therapy’s biggest supporters, said he had no doubts the program would receive full accreditation.

“Earning CAPTE accreditation is an indication that our School of Physical Therapy has the highest quality and best standards of practice offered,” Prewitt said. “This is another example of how Marshall University is well suited to provide the best health professions education through programs dedicated to improving our region’s health. This is certainly an accomplishment to be proud of.”