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Physical Therapy program selects Founding Chair

May 2, 2017

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Anderson’s plans for the first School of Physical Therapy in the upper half of South Carolina will get a boost next month with the addition of the founding chair of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, Dr. Martha (Marty) Hinman from Abilene, Texas.

Dr. Hinman has been a physical therapist for over 40 years and has 37 years of academic experience. She has also been actively involved in physical therapy accreditation for the past 30 years. Dr. Hinman will officially assume her position on June 1, 2017. At that time, AU will proceed with seeking the necessary approvals to proceed with the development of the DPT program on its Greenville campus. The projected date for enrolling the charter class is June 2019.

Even though Dr. Hinman hasn’t arrived on campus full time as of yet, she has been laying the groundwork for the program with Dr. Jessica Jacobs, who has been Director of Clinical Education for the physical therapy program since last summer. Jacobs has already laid much of the groundwork for the program and will work closely with Dr. Hinman to develop the curriculum and guide the program through the necessary accreditation and state approval processes.

There is much anticipation in the Upstate of South Carolina for a new DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy Program), as students currently must travel to Columbia or Charleston to obtain the necessary training. Anderson’s program planned for the Greenville Campus at the University Center of Greenville.

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