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RU Department Physical Therapy is On the Move

RADFORD -- Edward C. Swanson, director of Radford University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (DPT) reports that the program is steadily moving forward. Since joining the University in July, Swanson has been focused on developing the program’s curriculum, developing the candidacy document for program accreditation review and more recently has been actively recruiting faculty members.

The program will include 36-weeks of clinical experiential internships under the supervision of licensed physical therapists. According to Dr. Reneé Huth, director of Clinical Education, the program will also be offered within a variety of clinical settings including hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation, nursing homes, home health agencies, out-patient rehabilitation and within specialty interest areas of practice such as sports physical therapy, orthopedics, women’s health, pediatrics, wound care, geriatrics and many more. These external clinical affiliations will engage and challenge students while meeting the department’s mission to serve the physical therapy needs of rural communities, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the region.

The DPT program will begin accepting student applications in December 2010 for an inaugural class beginning in the summer of 2011. This three-year, full-time DPT curriculum is a post-baccalaureate program.

The department encourages anyone interested in learning more about the DPT program including associate and assistant professor positions, to access the DPT Web site at Interested individuals may also find DPT on Facebook by searching “Radford DPT.”

For general information regarding the program, please contact Swanson at Please send applications to Dr. Reneé Huth, Search Committee Chair, Box 6986, Radford University, Radford, VA, 24142 or preferably to You may also contact the department at 540-831-7210.

Radford University is seeking accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of American Physical Therapy Association (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; The program will submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted candidate for accreditation status nor does it assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

March 2010
Contact: Chad Osborne (; 540-831-7761)

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