Physical Therapy program thrives

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Pacific University’s Physical Therapy program is bringing a hefty burden into this academic year. They have to top their perfect score records from the previous year.

The program, headed by director Dr. Kevin Chui, saw a 100 percent graduation rate last year. In addition, the first-time pass rate for the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) was also 100 percent.

While the six months post graduation employment rate for 2018 is yet unpublished, the five previous years are consistently, you guessed it, 100 percent.

With this momentum going into the year, the program is hoping to continue this spectacular success. The department will be hosting an open house for those interested in physical therapy on Sept. 18 on the Hillsboro campus from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This event will provide an overview of the admissions process as well as some detail about the program and potential job prospects.

Over the summer, physical therapy students participated in an outreach event. Touch the Future Hawai’i saw five physical therapy students educating and informing grade school students about what the profession has to offer. This is all the more helpful given that Hawai’i is experiencing a lack of healthcare professionals.

In August, several professors within the field received certification from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists (ABPTS).  Dr. Jose Reyna, Dr. Crystal Bridges, and Dr. Talina Corvus, Dr. Anne Jeffery, Dr. Evan Liu, Dr. Joseph Oelfke, and Dr. Adam Reinecker were all recognized for their hard work.

Just weeks before classes began this semester, a professor of physical therapy, Dr. Tzurei Chen published her findings on risk factors that contribute to physical complications in older adults. Further information on her studies, as well as all previous retrospective events can be found on the Pacific University website, under the search tag “Physical Therapy.”



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