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03/07/07

Doctorate Program First of Its Kind

If you're hurt or sick, they're the folks you need to get back on your feet. Students at Armstrong Atlantic State University are learning how to handle spinal cord injuries as a part of a new doctorate program.

It's the first of its kind to be offered within the physical therapy degree. Organizers at Armstrong say they developed the program to meet the changing standards of the profession, since physical therapists usually deal with patients with more than one ailment.

"Students, once they graduate and work as physical therapists, will be able to see patients directly. And, as a result, may have to see patients with other problems that don't meet the needs of a physical therapist," said Dr. David Lake, head of the Physical Therapy Department.

Armstrong Atlantic is the only the school south of Atlanta and Augusta to offer the doctorate degree in physical therapy.

Reported By: Melanie A. Ruberti; mruberti@wtoc.com 

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