MU curators approve a new doctoral program

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COLUMBIA - MU's School of Health Professions will be crafting a new curriculum starting Friday after the MU Board of Curators unanimously voted to approve a doctoral program in Health and Rehabilitation Science. 

This program will allow for prospective candidates to pursue a doctorate in becoming a researcher for health disciplines like Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy methods. 

Director of Marketing Megan Silvey says that by preparing more Ph.D. trained researchers there can be collaboration with clinical services to find innovative ways to care for patients. 

According to a survey completed by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education there are upward of 300 vacancies in Ph.D. faculty at institutions across the nation. 

MU's program will be the only public institution in the state to offer this kind of program. 

Associate Dean for Health Professions Academic Affairs Stephanie Reid-Arndt drafted the proposal presented to the curators Thursday and says she is looking forward to the future research opportunities. 

"We really feel like this program is going to be transformational for our school," Reid-Arndt said. "We see great opportunities to be part of the research culture on this campus."

The School of Health Professions is expecting to get further approval from the state and begin the Ph.D. program fall 2019.