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Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd S.
Fort Myers, FL. 33965-6565

Phone: (239) 590-1065
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Florida Gulf Coast University Physical Therapy Program Accreditation
5/4/2001

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University's Physical Therapy program received a five-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

To sit for licensure, PT candidates must graduate from an accredited PT program. Physical Therapists must be licensed in order to practice. FGCU's Physical Therapy program is the only accredited PT program between Tampa and Miami.

Ellen K. Williamson, PT, MS, chair of the physical therapy program, remarked "We are delighted at the American Physical Therapy Association's (APTA) decision. We hope the strong support voiced by the APTA will set the stage for many, many years of innovation and excellence in PT education in Southwest Florida."

"Physical therapy is all about results. Clinical sites at which our students have interned have unanimously applauded our students' preparedness
and knowledge. That kind of praise really tells us that the program is headed in the right direction," added Williamson.

Florida Gulf Coast University offers a Post Baccalaureate Master of Science Degree in Physical Therapy. The Physical Therapy program has followed the set timeline for seeking accreditation with CAPTE. A CAPTE site visit in
January 2001 received an extremely positive response from the site evaluators on a self-study and their on-campus review experience.

Dr. Cecelia Rokusek, FGCU Dean of the College of Health Professions commented that the PT program received one of the strongest reviews from the
Commission that she has seen.

Contact FGCU Chair and Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Ellen K. Williamson for further information, (941) 590-7530. As an accredited comprehensive public university, FGCU addresses the higher educational needs of Southwest Florida and provides a learning-centered environment that offers high quality educational opportunities for the
general public.

-FGCU-

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