Local educator looks to make an impact through new doctor of physical therapy program

A blank canvas may be daunting to some, but for Dr. Heidi Shearin developing a new program from the ground up is exciting.

Shearin was recently hired as the director of clinical education for Campbell University’s new doctor of physical therapy program which is projected to start in January, pending accreditation approval. She’s been working around the clock with the new program’s faculty and staff to meet accreditation deadlines, and help create a curriculum, develop courses and establish relationships with health care facilities.

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Campbell’s PREP program prepares students to apply for advanced health degrees

Fifty students from 27 different colleges and 13 states across the country are spending the week at Campbell University in pursuit of improving their college applications for graduate and doctorate health programs.

The annual Healthcare Professionals Readiness & Enrichment Program (PREP), hosted by the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences and School of Osteopathic Medicine, teaches participants about resume writing, interviewing, time management, test taking and professional development skills.

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Campbell’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program approved to continue accreditation process

Campbell University’s new Doctor of Physical Therapy Program received approval this week from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to continue the national accreditation process.

“This is exciting news,” said Dr. Greg Dedrick, director of Campbell’s physical therapy program. “Approval from the SACSCOC is a necessary step to submit our application for candidacy to the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).”

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New physical therapy program now accepting applications

Campbell University started accepting applications for its new Doctor of Physical Therapy degree today, Feb. 4. The program is projected to begin in January 2014 and plans to accept 32 to 40 students for the first class. Interested candidates have until Nov. 1 to submit their applications.

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Team-based health education to expand at Campbell

Campbell University’s health science students will soon have the opportunity to train alongside each other in the classroom and during clinical rotations.

A pilot project for the new Interprofessional Education Program was held at the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences last week. Over fifty pharmacy, physician assistant and public health students worked together in teams to interview a standardized patient, identify the diagnosis and create a treatment plan.

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