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July 2001

Release Date: July 3, 2001

ASU to Welcome Master of Physical Therapy Class of 2003

The Master of Physical Therapy Program (MPT) at Angelo State University will welcome its second class of 14 graduate professional students to campus Friday, July 6, with a daylong orientation session at the ASU Lakehouse.

Physical Therapy Department Head and Program Director Dr. Kathleen Cegles reported that seven members of the incoming Class of 2003 completed their undergraduate work at ASU and seven are coming to ASU from other universities, including one graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Eleven members of the Class of 2003 are female and three are male. The average age is 23 years. Their majors include biology, chemistry, kinesiology, psychology, exercise science, and nutrition and foods. The overall class grade point average is 3.45.

"This is such an exciting time for the program," Cegles said. "We have now passed one of the most critical stages of implementing a new graduate professional program: getting the word out that we are here and in business."

Cegles said the inaugural class of student physical therapists, who began the program last July, have established a presence not only on campus and in the community but also in the state by actively participating in the Texas Physical Therapy Association (TPTA) and even winning the TPTA Talent Award in October 2000. Based upon their credentials, Cegles said she expects similar results from the Class of 2003.

She reiterated that the progress of the MPT program would not have been possible without the extremely strong community support and the liaisons that have developed between ASU and area health care providers. Without the monetary and visionary support from the San Angelo Health Foundation, Baptist Memorials, Shannon Medical Center, San Angelo Community Medical Center and West Texas Rehabilitation Center as well as Goodfellow Air Force Base, the program would not be as far along as it is currently, Cegles said.

"None of this would have been possible without the community working so closely with the university," Cegles said. "Our job now is to repay the community by educating student physical therapists who can make substantive contributions to health care in San Angelo, the Concho Valley and beyond. We look forward to continuing that mission with entry of the Class of 2003.