Campbell’s College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences graduated its second class of Doctor of Physical Therapy students on Dec. 16.
The class boasted 38 graduates with exemplary service records, and during their time, they transitioned from paper to electronic health records for the pro bono clinic and continued to develop student interest groups.
“The graduating class has demonstrated a commitment to serving the community in which they reside,” Greg Dedrick, director of the PT program, said.“Compliments from clinical instructors included their ability to relate and develop a rapport with patients and manage a wide diversity of caseloads through good prioritization processes.”
Brad Hancock, president of Pivot Physical Therapy, addressed the class of 2017 during convocation. He challenged the cohort with three main points to exhibit as a doctor of physical therapy: always be professional, maintain a positive/can do attitude, and have empathy and compassion for your patients.
The students also heard encouraging words during graduation from the Rev. Milton A. Hollifield, Jr., executive director and treasurer from the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, who delivered the commencement address.
“I challenge you to live with intention and great purpose, and live your life for the glory of God and the good of humanity,” he said. “I challenge you to make the world a better place for those who will follow you.”
About half the class has already taken and passed the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) provided through the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) and the remainder of our DPT graduates will now have the opportunity to take the exam. Good luck to them as they prepare!
Dedrick concluded, “We wish all our graduates much success as they pursue their passion for physical therapy. I am very proud of this group of students and look forward to hearing about their careers.”