Doctor of physical therapy program approved by regents for UW-Stevens Point

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STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAW) -- The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point announced Monday evening that regents have approved a doctor of physical therapy program in Stevens Point.

The program still awaits two additional accreditations before it can be implemented. According to the press release, UWSP has been developing this program since 2014.

The release states that the program is designed to help fill the shortage in physical therapists in northern Wisconsin--and it would be the only DPT program in the northern half of the state.

"Northcentral Wisconsin has 72 licensed physical therapists per 100,000 residents compared to 131 per 100,000 in Southern Wisconsin," the news release writes.

“Our local clinical partners have many unfilled openings throughout their health care workforce and adding the doctor of physical therapy helps all of us meet an important regional need,” said Marty Loy, dean of the College of Professional Studies. “We will grow on the strength of our existing undergraduate degrees and expand programs where need exists.”

The program would be the fourth DPT offered in the UW System, with the other three in Madison, Milwaukee and La Crosse.