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Daemen’s Advanced OMPT Program Progresses to Master’s Degree
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Daemen’s Advanced OMPT Program Progresses to Master’s Degree

Daemen College’s Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (OMPT) Fellowship Program, the only post-professional offering of its kind in New York State, has received State Department of Education approval to now be offered as a master’s degree.

Adhering to the rigorous academic and clinical requirements already established for the fellowship credential, the master-level program will offer licensed, experienced physical therapists training to develop advanced psychomotor and analytical skills in manual physical therapy, a growing specialization in the field.

“Transitioning OMPT to a master’s degree puts Daemen at the forefront of physical therapy education nationally and will help expand the network of specialists in this growing health care discipline,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson.

Daemen’s OMPT program is one of only six available at an academic institution in the U.S. and among 21 accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Dr. Ron Schenk, dean of health and human services at Daemen, said the new master’s degree evolved out of the successful foundation from the advanced fellowship program, which was launched in 2006.

“Offering this as a master’s degree connects what we were already doing through the fellowship post-professional program but now gives experienced physical therapists the added academic credential of receiving a graduate-level degree in a highly specialized area,” said Schenk. “Physical therapists with this type of expertise are considered crucial to contributing to improved patient care and keeping pace with the needs of health care today.”

The program combines on-campus weekend classes with a distance learning component, clinical mentoring by fellows of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists, and a research project. Students who complete the 30-credit hour program will earn both a master’s degree in OMPT from Daemen and a fellowship credential, which is accredited by the APTA.

“As a leader in physical therapy education, Daemen is providing an advanced program of study that incorporates the highest level of knowledge and techniques in a specialization that we anticipate will only continue to grow,” said Dr. Michael Brogan, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college.

As a whole for the profession, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of physical therapists is expected to grow by 36 percent from 2012 to 2022. What’s more, the demand for physical therapy services will likely rise due to aging baby boomers staying active later in life, and physical therapists will be needed to care for individuals with mobility issues stemming from chronic conditions, such as diabetes.

The Daemen OMPT program is designed for licensed physical therapists seeking specialized training in this area of practice. For additional information, visit daemen.edu/ompt or contact Dr. Ron Schenk at 839-8360 or email rschenk@daemen.edu.

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