The Emory & Henry College Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (DPT) has crossed a significant hurdle toward accreditation, improving the prospects for classes to begin in January at the College’s campus in Marion, Virginia.
The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) has informed the College that its Application for Candidacy (AFC) has been deemed bona fide and has met the conditions for moving forward in the pre-accreditation process. The College’s AFC has been assigned to a candidacy reviewer who will conduct a formal onsite visit in July. The results of the visit will be evaluated by the CAPTE during its fall meeting, which is scheduled for November.
This is a very significant step toward achieving candidacy and ultimately accreditation for our Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Having a bona fide AFC puts us back on track toward accreditation.Dave Haney
E&H Vice President for Academic Affairs
Earlier this year, the College reported that CAPTE had deemed its AFC not bona fide. The information judged to be lacking had to do with program assessment and specific kinds of clinical education experiences that would be provided for students.
“We feel that we are in a very strong position for obtaining Candidacy for Accreditation status and beginning classes during the spring semester of 2015,” said Lou Fincher, dean of the Emory & Henry School of Health Sciences.
The DPT program is part of a much larger initiative in health science education planned for the 15-acres E&H campus in Marion, Va. This larger initiative, which has already received commitments for $6.9 million in external funding, includes other health education programs and alliances with other colleges and universities.
Haney said Emory & Henry is committed to an extensive health science program at its Marion campus, a commitment it has demonstrated through an investment in facilities, renovations and employees. “Beyond the DPT program we are looking at programs in occupational therapy, physician's assistant, and other health professions.