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Radford University partners with Carilion Clinic and Jefferson College of Health Sciences on new doctoral program in Roanoke

The first students in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program will begin their training in June 2011

September 15, 2010|Joe Dashiell | Reporter

ROANOKE, Va. — "It's the right program in the right place at the right time." That's how Radford University President Penny Kyle describes a new partnership with Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke.

Wednesday afternoon, the two schools joined Carilion Clinic in announcing a new doctoral program in Physical Therapy that will be based in Roanoke.

Jefferson College now has about a thousand students. The school moved from its old location to Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital over the summer.

The new doctoral program will build on a longstanding relationship between Carilion Clinic and Radford University, and serve a growing demand  for physical therapists.

By locating in the midst of a growing medical community in Roanoke, Kyle said the doctoral program is exactly where it needs to be.

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"You all have started something here with the relationship that has already formed between Jefferson College, Carilion Health System and this new Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. And I think it's just logical that Radford become a part of that medical community.

Nathaniel Bishop is the President of Jefferson College of Health Sciences. "We think that their presence with us, with all of the programs that we have in place, will only enhance our positioning and what we're doing here," Bishop said.

Radford will lease close to eight thousand square feet at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital for faculty offices, research labs and classrooms, freeing up some space on the Radford campus.

Private support, including a 500- thousand dollar gift from Roanoke-based Medical Facilities of America made it possible to establish the new program. The first students in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program are scheduled to begin their training in June of next year.

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