Published on May 16, 2018 by Sarah Waller  
physical therapy

Samford University’s School of Health Professions has received full accreditation for its Doctor of Physical Therapy program from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. 

The program received full accreditation for five years, which is the maximum amount. This news comes only two weeks after the program graduated its inaugural cohort at Samford’s College of Health Sciences commencement ceremony for graduate programs. 

“This accomplishment is due to the prayers, hard work, perseverance and patience of all the faculty, staff and students involved in our physical therapy program as well as others who have provided support,” said Alan Jung, dean of the School of Health Professions. “Earning accreditation for our Doctor of Physical Therapy program validates the amazing work that our faculty and staff are doing day-in and day-out for our students.” 

Samford’s Doctor of Physical Therapy is a three-year graduate degree program with a heavy emphasis on science and service. Students learn to make evidence-based decisions that best serve their patients while studying alongside other health care professionals in Samford’s College of Health Sciences, an environment designed for interprofessional education and collaboration. 

Samford also offers a fast-track option for undergraduate students to earn a Bachelor of Science in exercise science and Doctor of Physical Therapy in just six years.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.