William Carey University recently welcomed the first class of students enrolled in the new Doctor of Physical Therapy program. The 30 students received their white coats in a ceremony on August 27. The program is part of Carey’s continuing efforts to fulfill medical needs in Mississippi and the Gulf Coast region.
The program is currently approved to enroll 30 students and received 100 qualified applications. Students are required to earn a bachelor’s degree prior to admission to the program and can complete the DPT in three years. The students accepted to the program represent the states of Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Louisiana. One of the students from Louisiana lost all her belongings in the flooding just days before classes started in August, but with help from the Carey community and others, she was able to begin classes.