According to a SurfKY.com news report, the first cohort of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program of Western Kentucky University (WKU) has finished their first class on the journey toward a May 2016 graduation. The class of 30 began its first session on June 3 and the cohort is ready to start a second class this summer. Program director Harvey Wallman says, "There is a lot of excitement with the students and faculty as we start the program and prepare to move into a state-of-the-art facility on the Medical Center campus for the fall semester."
The inaugural PT program will join the School of Nursing in The Medical Center-WKU Health Sciences Complex, which is a 73,000 square-foot facility that will open in August, according to SurfKY.com. The Medical Center is constructing the new facility to provide educational space for the hospital and house the university's program. Wallman states, "With the onset of the fall semester, we'll have four faculty ready to instruct in the program."
Wallman states that the interest in the DPT program, which is WKU's third practice-based doctorate, remains high. The SurfKY.com report notes that the program has received more than 200 applications and conducted 107 interviews to fill the 30 slots. Applications for the second cohort will be accepted beginning this month and the application deadline is November 1. Interviews are expected in February, and the second cohort will be selected for the summer of 2014.
The purpose of the DPT program is to provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge to become skilled physical therapists. The mission of the program is to serve the health care and preventative needs of the Commonwealth of Kentucky by developing culturally competent and care physical therapists.