*Effective April 29, 2015 Samford University has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone: 703:706-3245; email: Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the programs is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.

**Graduation from an athletic training program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 6836 Austin Center Blvd. Suite 250, Austin, TX 78731; phone; 512-733-9700; is necessary for eligibility to sit for the Board of Certification Examination (BOC) , which is required to be licensed in all states.

Samford University is seeking accreditation of a new master of athletic training program from the CAATE. The program will submit an Application for Accreditation including a Self-Study and on-site visit. Submission of this document and completing the site visit does not assure that the program will be granted Accreditation. Students who graduate prior to the program’s achievement of accreditation will not be eligible to sit for the BOC examination.

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Petrella Named Chair of Department of Kinesiology

John Petrella, Ph.D., has been named chair of Samford University’s Department of Kinesiology, effective September 14, 2015. Petrella has been a member of the School of Health Professions faculty since 2007. He replaces Alan Jung, who was named dean of the School of Health Professions effective September 1. 

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Sankey Speaks to Sport Administration Students

Samford’s Department of Kinesiology hosted Greg Sankey, Executive Associate Commissioner for the Southeastern Conference, on campus February 9.  Sankey, an accomplished collegiate sport administrator, spoke to Dr. Nathan Kirkpatrick’s Sport Governance and the NCAA class, sharing stories from his career and tips for personal and professional success during the question and answer session in Brock Forum. 

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Professor Uses Treadmill as Primary Work Station

Samford professor Alan P. Jung, chair of the kinesiology department, uses a treadmill instead of a chair and desk at his primary workstation. The purpose is not to exercise, but rather to reduce sitting time. 

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Margaret Johnson Joins the School of Health Professions

Margaret L. Johnson, SLP.D., CCC­SLP, joined the College of Health Sciences as associate professor and chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in August 2013. She has more than 25 years of clinical experience in neurogenic speech­ language pathology and currently practices at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the area of aphasia. 

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Commencement May 2015

Graduates from Samford University’s College of Health Sciences are uniquely prepared to combine their faith, skills and knowledge to positively impact the lives of individuals and communities. In a May 15 commencement address, College of Health Sciences Vice Provost Nena F. Sanders, challenged graduates to dedicate their careers to answering God’s call to a lifetime of caring for others. 

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Ford Receives Research Award

Associate professor and chair of Samford University's Department of Physical Therapy, Matthew P. Ford, PT, PhD, received the America Physical Therapy Association's Chattanooga Research Award during the association's NEXT Conference & Exposition held in Charlotte, North Carolina, June 11-14, 2014. 

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Jung Named Dean of Health Professions

Following a national search, Alan P. Jung has been named dean of Samford's School of Health Professions effective September 1. 

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Inaugural MS SLP Class

The School of Health Professions welcomed its first class of 20 students in the Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology program on August 17. Students represent eight states and possess baccalaureate degrees from 13 universities. 

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Dept. of Physical Therapy Accepting Applications

The Department of Physical Therapy in Samford University's School of Health Professions is now accepting applications for the inaugural cohort in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) program. Accepted students will begin courses in summer 2015. 

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