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Is physical therapy a strong program at HBCUs?

Hello friends, I'm in the midst of researching potential colleges where I can pursue a career in physical therapy. I've been really interested in possibly attending an HBCU, but I'm not sure which schools have strong programs for this field. Can anyone point me to HBCUs that have reputable physical therapy programs, or should I look at other universities for this particular major?

7 months ago

Hello! It's terrific that you're proactively seeking out the best program for your interests in physical therapy. HBCUs offer a unique cultural and educational experience that's absolutely worth considering. While I can't endorse one specific HBCU for physical therapy, I recommend looking into institutions that have established partnerships with medical schools or allied health programs. For instance, Florida A&M University has a well-respected health sciences department that could serve as a foundation for your physical therapy aspirations. Additionally, Howard University offers a Doctor of Physical Therapy program, which is directly aligned with your career goals.

When researching any program—whether at an HBCU or not—it's important to check their accreditation status; for physical therapy programs, this would be through the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). An accredited program is crucial as it ensures the education you receive meets the professional standards necessary to qualify for the licensure exam. Also, take a look at their graduate success rates like board exam pass rates and employment figures after graduation as these can be indicative of a program’s strength.

You may find that some HBCUs offer pre-physical therapy programs, which prepare you for a graduate PT program elsewhere. This could be a great route if you're set on the undergraduate HBCU experience. Don't hesitate to reach out to admissions counselors or department heads at schools you're interested in—they can provide detailed information and help guide your decision-making process. Keep exploring and best of luck with your search!

7 months ago

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