The Alexandria, VA-based Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education announced on December 11 that it has granted candidacy for accreditation to Brenau University’s doctoral degree program, which is recruiting candidates for the class that begins in May 2015.
The program can’t receive full accreditation until after the first candidates receive doctoral degrees in May 2018, but pre-accreditation represents a significant step in the evolution of Brenau’s physical therapy program, said Department of Physical Therapy Chair Kathye Light, DPT.
The Gainesville, GA-based university made a deal with city leaders in 2011 to spend at least $6.7 million to renovate a decades-old convention center and equip and staff the program. The university completed the build-out of the physical therapy space last March, and Light and her staff moved in early July.
The DPT program is Brenau’s third clinical doctorate program, joining nursing and occupational therapy.