The Emory & Henry College Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in Marion has been granted candidacy status, clearing the College to admit students for the program and begin classes in August.
The action from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) reverses a decision announced in November to deny candidacy for the program. This latest decision now places the College back on course toward earning final accreditation, which would come after the graduation of the first class of students in 2018.
Following the decision to deny candidacy, Emory & Henry filed a request for an expedited reconsideration.
As part of the appeal, CAPTE commissioners visited the College’s School of Health Sciences campus in Marion, the proposed location for the physical therapy program. The decision by CAPTE was based on their assessment that the program had demonstrated satisfactory progress toward achieving compliance with the commission's evaluative criteria.
Prior to the November decision to deny candidacy, Emory & Henry had successfully recruited 32 students—the maximum number of students for each class—to study in the three-year program. College officials have informed those students of the decision by CAPTE, announcing at the same time that classes will now begin in August.
This is great news not just for the students in this program, but also for the College’s plans for expanding health science education in the region and our vision for helping to improve health care in Southwest VirginiaDr. Lou Fincher Dean of the E&H School of Health Sciences (SHS)
Emory & Henry is moving forward with plans to add occupational therapy and physician assistant programs at its Marion campus. “We are fully committed to preparing health care professionals who are both highly trained and civically engaged in their communities,” Dr. Fincher said. “Our DPT program earning candidacy status is an important step in that direction.”