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BGSU establishes School of Physical Therapy

Doctorate of physical therapy will be offered beginning in Fall 2022

Bowling Green State University is establishing a School of Physical Therapy to meet an increased demand for physical therapists in the region, state and nation. 

With an increasing number of chronic conditions and an aging population, the need for physical therapists is expected to grow significantly according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

BGSU is answering the call with its School of Physical Therapy which will house a Doctor of Physical Therapy program through the College of Health and Human Services

"As a public university for the public good, we're dedicated to developing doctors of physical therapy to meet the growing need for professionals in this industry,” said Dr. Jim Ciesla, dean of HHS. “Students are driven to become professionals with a personal commitment to excellence, lifelong learning, critical inquiry and meaningful service to positively impact societal health.”

Once approved through the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education*, BGSU’s professional physical therapy program will integrate innovative technology that supports a two-year accelerated hybrid program, allowing students to complete coursework online and participate in onsite lab instruction. 

The hybrid model will enable BGSU to offer a unique opportunity for students to complete coursework from anywhere in the country, allowing for greater access to physical therapy education. 

BGSU currently offers several undergraduate degree options for students interested in pursuing a career in physical therapy, including applied health science, exercise science and biology

With the introduction of the School of Physical Therapy, students will have the opportunity to stay at BGSU and earn their Doctor of Physical Therapy and become a licensed physical therapist. 

The school plans to admit its first class of students for the fall 2022 semester.

*Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states. Bowling Green State University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on 12/1/2021. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the [professional/technical] phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in [professional/technical] courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.