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February 2013  

Murphy Deming Expands Clinical Staff

Kai Kennedy

When physical therapy students at the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences are ready for their first interactions with patients, Kai Kennedy will be there to help them connect the dots from classroom to clinic. Earlier this month, Kennedy joined the expanding MDCHS team as Director of Clinical Education for the physical therapy program. In that role, Kennedy will help students relate what they learn in the classroom to what they will be practicing in the field.

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Physical Therapy Association Taps Shoaf for Fellowship


Lisa Shoaf, director of physical therapy for the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences, has been selected to participate in the American Physical Therapy Association's Educational Leadership Institute Fellowship that begins July 1. Shoaf, who went through a competitive application process, will join 16 other physical therapy professionals for a one-year fellowship that enriches new educational leaders.

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All programs have initiated the appropriate professional accreditation process. Our application to offer doctoral level programs has been approved by SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools).


Mary Baldwin College is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program will submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional/technical phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional/technical courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-306-3245; is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.


Mary Baldwin College has applied for Accreditation — Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Mary Baldwin College/Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences anticipates matriculating its first class in August 2015, pending Accreditation — Provisional in March 15. Accreditation — Provisional is an accreditation status for a new PA program that has not yet enrolled students, but at the time of its initial accreditation review, has demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the accreditation Standards.


Mary Baldwin College is seeking accreditation for its Occupational Therapist Doctoral Program from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®) , c/o the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA®), 4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220, 301-652-2682.