Two anonymous donors have given $15,000 to Belmont University’s Physical Therapy Doctoral program to assist second and third year students in costs related to the clinical experience.
One of the donors provided an anonymous gift last year. That support inspired the second anonymous donor get involved. The award has been given in $1,000 increments to fifteen students. A three-person committee of local physical therapists selected the recipients, which were chosen based on campus and community involvement as well as high academic achievement.
Physical Therapy students are required to complete thirty-nine weeks in the clinical setting, which are divided into four eight-week sessions. In order to enhance their experience, students must participate in at least one of these eight-week affiliations in hospitals and private practices outside of the middle-Tennessee area. The mystery donors recognized the need to encourage and assist students in these important yet costly clinical encounters.
The Belmont University School of Physical Therapy program awards the Doctorate of Physical Therapy, which is fully accredited, to each graduating class. The program has graduated two classes with this degree as of August 2001. The Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree was the first doctoral program offered at Belmont University.