Manchester University has received a $1 million Lilly Endowment grant to help launch a doctor of physical therapy program. The university says the grant will enable it to hire a director, faculty and staff and pursue accreditation for the new program.

“The doctoral program in physical therapy program will serve as Manchester’s signature program in the rehabilitation sciences,” said President Dave McFadden. “It is a perfect fit for Manchester, reflected in our mission: Manchester University respects the infinite worth of every individual and graduates persons of ability and conviction who draw upon their education and faith to lead principled, productive and compassionate lives that improve the human condition.”

The focus of the program is interprofessional collaborations to add to the clinical rotation partnerships with health care providers already in place.

“The addition of a doctoral program in physical therapy will build upon Manchester’s success in the health professions that began in 2012 with our Pharmacy Program and state-of-the-art building in Fort Wayne,” McFadden said. “They were funded through a $35 million grant from Lilly Endowment that helped the University to create a space where health science professionals can learn and grow together.”

Manchester also recently expanded its athletic training program, as well as moving forward with launching a bachelor’s program in nursing and a master’s in nutrition and nutrigenomics. 


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