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Whitecoats in Richmond

Students from Mary Baldwin’s occupational therapy, physical therapy, and physician assistant programs visited Richmond legislators in January in support of health care legislation affecting their practice areas.

Connecting with Professionals: MDCHS Hosts Meeting of VOTA

Whitecoats in Richmond

Murphy Deming hosted the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association's 23rd Annual School Symposium in January. Speakers included Murphy Deming’s own Pam Stephenson and Carolyn Moore as well as College of Education Dean Rachel Potter.

April is OT month

Did you know? Occupational therapy is the only profession that helps people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations). Learn more.


MDCHS was the site of WHSV’s most recent InDemand segment, which took a closer look at health care careers in the Shenandoah Valley.


Abe and Dave

'Bigwave Dave’s' Mental Wellness Hike for Health

Tournament Raises Money for Haiti

April 2016

White Coat Ceremony Welcomes New PA Students

PA pic

The 38 students began their studies at Murphy Deming on January 4, boasting academic preparation that exceeded the national average for physician assistant programs. The PA program fills a need in the region for additional medical providers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of physician assistants is projected to grow 38 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster that the average for all occupations.

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OT and PT Students Integrate Cardboard Adaptations to Help Pediatric Clients

students with their design

Physical therapy and occupational therapy students at Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences are among the first students in the nation to integrate a design process using cardboard to construct customized equipment for students with special needs, engendering yet another example of cutting edge interprofessional clinical education.

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Murphy Deming Represented at National OT Conference

Murphy Deming Represented at National OT Conference

Several students and faculty presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association National Conference this month in Chicago.

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Health Sciences Team Presents in Ghana

health sciences team in Ghana

Kai Kennedy, director of clinical education for the physical therapy program and charter class member Joanna Bierlein recently presented at the third biennial Scientific Conference of the Ghana Physiotherapy Association. Kennedy presented models for local and international community engagement to combat health disparities in West Africa while Bierlein presented a poster on postpartum urinary incontinence and a workshop on perinatal fitness. The conference theme was The Role of Physiotherapy in Women’s Health in Ghana.

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Design Group Recognizes Murphy Deming Style

Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences at Mary Baldwin College and Wisconsin-based architect Kahler Slater were awarded a Bronze Design Award from the Wisconsin Chapter American Society of Interior Designers’ annual design competition.

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PA Students Shadow Health Care Professionals

In their first semester at the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences, students in the Master of Science in Physician Assistant (MSPA) program have been gaining hands-on experience and patient exposure thanks to time spent with local and regional chiropractors, trauma surgeons, and other healthcare practitioners.

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All programs have initiated the appropriate professional accreditation process.

Mary Baldwin College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) to award bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Inquiries concerning accreditation status only should be directed to: SACS-COC, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097; (404) 679-4500.


Effective November 6, 2013, Mary Baldwin College has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: Candidacy is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation. Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation.


The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Mary Baldwin College Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Mary Baldwin College.

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.


The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Preaccreditation Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) at its August 6-9, 2015 meeting. AOTA is located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is Once accreditation of the program has been obtained, its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.