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AZ: New Glendale Physical Therapy Program Now Accepting Applications

November 13, 2009

by Karen Mattox

Midwestern University’s New Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy Scheduled to Open June 2010

GLENDALE, ARIZONA (November 12, 2009)—With employment in physical therapy expected to increase much faster than average, Midwestern University plans to open a new Doctor of Physical Therapy program in June 2010. The University has submitted its application for candidacy and is seeking accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association.

In the United States, it is predicted that 41,000 new physical therapists will be required by the year 2014. In Arizona, it is projected that by 2020, 18% of the state’s population will be 65 years or older, and 23% will be 85 years or older. This aging population will require more physical therapy services; Midwestern University’s program plans to graduate 50 students per year.

MWU’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program will offer a full-time, continuous 36-month curriculum to prepare entry-level physical therapists to practice in a variety of settings. Graduates will be trained to provide direct patient care as well as consultation, education, critical inquiry, and health promotion.

Judy Woehrle, Ph.D., is the inaugural Director of the new program, which is now accepting applications. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at 1-888- 247-9277, email us at, or go to


Midwestern University is a graduate degree-granting institution specializing in the health sciences with seven colleges and two campuses. The Illinois campus, located on a 105-acre site in Downers Grove, is home to 2,082 students and three colleges: the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Chicago College of Pharmacy, and the College of Health Sciences. The Arizona campus, located on a 144-acre site in Glendale, is home to 2,079 students and five colleges: the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, the College of Pharmacy-Glendale, the College of Health Sciences, the College of Dental Medicine-Arizona, and the Arizona College of Optometry. The University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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