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  • Welcome From the Department Chair

    Welcome to the Department of Physical Therapy at Samford University.  We appreciate you taking the time to visit us and hope you do so in person in the near future.

    photo of Matthew Ford, Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at Samford

    The Doctor in Physical Therapy is a new program in the School of Health Professions. We are currently working on our application for candidacy for Commission on Accreditation for Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).  While preparing for CAPTE this year, we will be accepting applications for our first DPT class, which will begin in June of 2015.

    As prospective students begin exploring graduate PT programs, they have many questions:

    • How many students will be in a class? At Samford, there will be 35 students in each DPT class
    • Where will I have class or labs? Classes and labs will be held on campus here at Samford University in Birmingham,  Alabama.
    • Will the program have specialty areas? We will prepare DPT graduates for general practice, and we will have opportunities for students to explore their specific interests in PT prior to graduation.
    • What choices will I have for clinical affiliations? Our clinical education will occur in various settings throughout the United States and abroad.

    The curriculum and department-related activities will be rooted in Samford University's core values. Foremost will be service to God, to family, to one another and to the community. Physical therapy graduate study requires rigorous work, and we are committed to promoting personal and professional growth, with the aim that each graduate becomes a service leader in his or her community. 

    These are exciting times. We encourage you to explore the many options you have for graduate study in physical therapy to find the program that uniquely fits you.  Please check back with us often, and don't hesitate to contact us with questions about our program or the profession. 

    Sincerely,

    Matthew P. Ford, Ph.D., PT
    Associate Professor and Chair
    Department of Physical Therapy

  • **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.

    Samford University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE.  The program has submitted 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.  Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional 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.

    ***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; support@caate.net 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.