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The College of Health Sciences is happy to introduce the graduating class of 2016! Our students walked across the big stage this weekend. Here are some of the sights from their commencement festivities and final days on campus.

Franklin Newton will join the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences as executive director for administration, internal relations and operations. Newton is a 22-year veteran of the University. Most recently, he has served as acting vice president and chief of staff for President Nancy Targett. Read the full article on UDaily.

Tara Jo Manal Selected as 2016 Alumni Wall of Fame Honoree

Tara Jo Manal, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, FAPTA,  will be inducted into the University of Delaware Alumni Wall of Fame on June 4, 2016 during UD’s 8th annual Alumni Weekend. Read more.


UD is hosting its annual Summer Faculty Institute. University researchers provide the newest insights in educational research as well as the latest opportunities presented by technological advances. Here are the presentations on tap from College of Health Sciences faculty (a.k.a. the ones you don’t want to miss).

University of Delaware Department of Physical Therapy faculty are among the headliners of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) conference titled ‘Rehabilitation Research at NIH: Moving the Field Forward.’ Participation from UD faculty includes Cole Galloway, Lynn Snyder-Mackler and department chair Greg Hicks. Tune in as NIH will live-stream sections of the conference, including today’s sessions. The conference runs through May 26.

Here are the sessions that UDPT is taking part in.

Bulky. Clunky. Cumbersome. Restrictive. Heavy. Robotic. When you think of exoskeletons and medical garments, the first adjectives that come to mind aren’t usually positive. In the world of physical therapy, even the best rehabilitation program in the world can’t produce results if it’s not followed correctly.

Michele Lobo, assistant professor of physical therapy at the University of Delaware, decided to act. She created exoskeleton and other devices that are light, comfortable and effective. They’re appropriately dubbed Super Suits. Read the full article on UDaily.

Continuing Education Course

July 15-17, 2016

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FDN-Pittsburgh-Marquette-Challenge-Logo-2015-2016_Final_Outlines_Horiz-01-2-1024x228UDPT students have been awarded the Award of Excellence in the 2015-16 Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge. They raised a total of $24,272.60 in this year’s challenge. We are so very proud of their hard work and dedication to help advance physical therapy research. Congratulations!

Open Faculty Positions

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gobabygo_logoHot Wheels that Help Kids

Innovative and open-source workarounds provide mobility and socialization opportunities for many children with disabilities thanks to Sunil Agrawal of UD Mechanical Engineering, and Cole Galloway of UD Physical Therapy. Read more.

“I was just amazed when I walked inside [the STAR Health Sciences Complex]. I had never seen anything like it. I have been to a lot of physical therapies but I feel like your building is what the public really needs. The physical therapists are interested in every case that comes in – you can tell because of the way they talk to you and the way they treat you. You all have helped me a whole lot and I think the treatment is very good. I had had a pain in my shoulder for a long time and I had been getting shots in my shoulder, but your therapist put his hand on my back and showed me the exercises to do with my arms. Now, I don’t have pain in my shoulder anymore. I just feel great that I went there, and overjoyed that I feel back to myself again.” – Ida Barkley

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The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Delaware is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; emailwebsite. Please visit our Student Outcomes page for information on graduation rate, ultimate licensure exam pass rate, and employment rate over the most recent three years. The Department of Physical Therapy also offers qualifying DPT students the option to earn a Master of Science (MS) in Anatomy and Clinical Health Science. Unlike the DPT program, the MS Degree program falls outside the auspice of CAPTE accreditation. Further, the University of Delaware offers credentialed residencies in sports, orthopedics, geriatrics and neurology. Similarly, CAPTE does not provide oversight or accreditation of residency programs.