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HHP Announces Doctor of Physical Therapy program


The Department of Health and Human Performance is proud to announce a new Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. The new program was approved at the UH Board of Regents meeting on August 25th 2016. The DPT program is intended, in part, to help fill a statewide and national deficit in physical therapists. Presenting the proposal to the board, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Paula Myrick Short said, “This is a growing field, and there is a high need for it,” Short said. “It’s predicted that as soon as 2020 or 2025, there will be a shortage of over 600 physical therapists to serve clientele in this area. That number is even larger nationally, with over 1,500 vacancies for physical therapists.”

The HHP department will soon hire faculty for the program, which is expected to enroll its first batch of students in 2019. The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program will ultimately seek accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Offices and labs for the DPT program will be on the second floor of the under-construction Health & Biomedical Sciences Building II.

The Daily Cougar

Announcing the new DPT program, UH campus newspaper, the Daily Cougar quoted HHP Chair Dr. Dan O'Connor who said that changing demographics in the U.S. have ignited a growing need for physical therapists. He thinks this is largely due to an aging population, an increase in chronic conditions that affect mobility and patients’ higher ability to access health care services in general.

Read the entire article on the Daily Cougar website

About the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)

The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is an accrediting agency that is nationally recognized by the US Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CAPTE grants specialized accreditation status to qualified entry-level education programs for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.

Visit the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education website

Visit the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) website