DPT Class of 2018 program posts impressive licensing exam pass rate results


The Radford University Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Class of 2018 posted a first-time pass rate of 100 percent on their certification exams and advanced towards licensure and practice. 

The most recent DPT graduates passed the National Physical Therapy Exam, administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, with scores 20 points above the national average.

“Results like these are a testament to the DPT faculty and students - hard workers determined to move forward as professionals in successful careers,” said DPT Chair Brent Harper. “I am very proud of these students, who are now colleagues, and the faculty who reflect the Radford University DPT program’s high standards of clinical performance and professional preparation.”

Twenty-six Spring graduates, all of whom are currently working as physical therapists, passed the test shortly after their May graduation. The Class of 2018 began the three-year program in 2015 and is the fifth class to complete it and don the white coat emblematic of a Doctor of Physical Therapy.

“We have strong students who are performing well,” said Kenneth Cox, Dean of the Waldron College of Health and Human Services.  “We are very proud of these graduates, the DPT faculty and program. These results show the quality.”

Radford’s DPT program, located on the eighth floor of the Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital in Roanoke, graduated its first cohort in May 2014. Currently, the program has 87 doctoral candidates in three cohorts, the most recent of which began this summer with 29 students.

The Radford Program is one of 10 accredited Physical Therapy programs in Virginia by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, the only agency in the United States recognized by the recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit education programs for the preparation of physical therapists.

Aug 17, 2018
Don Bowman
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