SHRS to Offer Hybrid Physiotherapy and Physician Assistant Programs Online / In-Person | University time
The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences is expanding access to its # 1 ranked Physiotherapy Doctorate program and Master of Science in Medical Assistant Studies by offering each program in a hybrid online / in person.
Pitt is one of the first higher education institutions to offer these degree options online, according to a press release from SHRS, which will allow students across the United States to study and train in their own communities. and benefit from a lower cost of participation.
âWhile educational excellence has always been integral to our school’s success, we are now finding innovative ways to make our programs more accessible and affordable,â said Anthony Delitto, Dean of SHRS.
These new programs mark the third and fourth that the school is launching in collaboration with Noodle, an online learning network. Previously, SHRS worked with Noodle to develop its online master’s degree in health informatics and the doctorate in clinical sciences in occupational therapy programs.
The new Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) hybrid option is an extension of SHRS’s long-standing residential program, currently ranked # 1 by US News & World Report.
âOne of the goals of developing the hybrid option is to provide DPT education to students who may be limited by financial costs, an inability to relocate or family commitments,â said Kim Nixon-Cave, director of the hybrid DPT offer.
Students will complete 42 weeks of full-time clinical experiences in or near their home community, which Cave says will hopefully encourage program graduates to stay in those regions and increase access to physiotherapy services in generally underserved areas. Hybrid students will need to travel to the University of Pittsburgh each term for several immersive lab sessions.
In addition, the duration of the entire DPT program has been reduced to seven terms, or just over two years, saving students more time and money.
Students in the two-year Hybrid Medical Assistant Studies (PAS) program will have the opportunity to complete clinical placements with a network of over 2,000 healthcare facilities located across the country. The PAS-Hybrid program will soon seek provisional accreditation from the ARC-PA, and will not begin unless accredited.
Pitt PT’s hybrid offering will use the same curriculum and study plan as the residential DPT program. Hybrid students will participate in asynchronous and synchronous online learning activities and come to Pittsburgh twice per term to learn and practice the practical and clinical decision-making skills required of physiotherapists.
Students could start applying for the DPT program on June 15. Pitt will accept 30 students in the DPT hybrid format this fall and up to 90 hybrid students each fall, starting with cohort 2022.
The Hybrid Medical Assistant program is currently accepting applications for the fall semester 2022, with 100 students expected in the initial cohort.