UNLV Phsyical Therapy
Fall 2017 Newsletter
School Creates New Occupational Therapy Degree.

The Board of Regents approved the creation of an Occupational Therapy degree program within the School of Allied Health Sciences, which will be first offered during summer 2020. The graduate level degree will accept up to 48 students, and enable those who complete the program to sit for the national certification exam.
Distinguished Lecture Series
Oct. 26, 6 p.m. - CEUs offered.


The next Distinguished Lecture Series—Thursday, October 26, at 6 p.m.–features Sharon Dunn, PT, Ph.D., president of the American Physical Therapy Association presenting "APTA: Pursuing our Transformative Vision." The lecture will take place in the Auditorium of the Science and Engineering Building (SEB). CEUs will be offered to physical therapists. There is no cost to attend.
Dr. Barrett Joins Faculty.

Dr. Tiffany Barrett joined the department as a full-time faculty member during 2017, bringing our total full-time faculty and staff to 10 members. Dr. Barrett earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2009 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Colorado in 2012.

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PT Earns Strong National Ranking from U.S. News.

UNLVPT is one of the highest rated programs at UNLV according to U.S. News & World Report. We ranked 79th out of 236 national programs during 2016, which is an improvement of 42 spots compared to 2011.
Department Increased Cohort Size to 48.

During 2017, our doctor of physical therapy program grew from 36 students per cohort to 48 students per cohort.
Students Maintain High First-Time Pass Rate Averages.

During 2016 and 2017, 100% of our graduates passed the national board exam on their first attempts, and two students during those years earned perfect scores. Historically, 94.9% of our graduates have passed the exam on the first attempt, and 100% of all students (394) have now passed the board exam.
PT Students Enjoy High Employment Rate.

During the past two years, UNVPT recorded a 97.1% graduation rate, and 100% of students have been employed in physical therapy within one year of graduation.
Applications Increased Nearly 30%.

During 2016, we had more than 700 applicants to the DPT program and during 2017 (still counting) it will likely exceed 900.
Professor Young Presented Successes of CoHSTAR Fellowship.

Associate Professor Danny Young presented the successes of his Center on Health Services Training and Research (CoHSTAR) fellowship to the organization’s executive and advisory boards; he was the only faculty fellow selected to provide this report.

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Professor Landers earns two Parkinson’s research grants.

Professor Merrill Landers and researchers at the University of Wyoming received a $150,000 National Institute of Health grant through the Mountain West Clinical Translational Research – Infrastructure Network (CTR-IN).

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