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WHEELING — Representatives from Wheeling University and Fairmont State University on Monday signed an articulation agreement establishing a partnership between the institutions aimed at producing more qualified health professionals to care for patients in West Virginia and across the country.

“This partnership allows eligible Fairmont State University students to seamlessly transition into Wheeling University’s doctoral program in physical therapy each year,” said Ginny R. Favede, President of Wheeling University. “More importantly, by training well-trained physical therapists, there will be more health professionals rooted in our mission to serve others in Appalachia and in our region.”

The agreement between the institutions provides for up to three students per year from Fairmont State’s exercise science program to be enrolled in Wheeling University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program, based on qualifications and academic requirements.

“This agreement will help bring more graduate students from West Virginia colleges and universities into the university’s DPT program,” according to Alison Kreger, director of the Physical Therapy Program at Wheeling. “Through the partnership, Wheeling and Fairmont will help both institutions facilitate the training of physical therapists who can provide quality patient care.”

Fairmont State’s Exercise Science program integrates the theories and practical aspects of exercise physiology to prepare graduates for a career in health and fitness, while providing the foundation needed for successful application in multiple career paths, including physical therapy.

“We are grateful for the efforts of both institutions that have made this partnership a reality,” said Jan Kiger, chairman of the Fairmont State Department of Health and Benefits. “We look forward to working together to engage our students in further professional studies, particularly physical therapy, which is a highly coveted degree.”

Wheeling University’s DPT program emphasizes a holistic approach to investigating clinical problems using a problem-based learning format.

“This partnership will allow Fairmont State Exercise Science majors to advance in their careers by facilitating the transition to a professional degree program.” said Amanda Metcalf, dean of Fairmont State College of Education, Health and Human Performance. “Through this partnership, we are not only building a relationship that benefits our students, but also the community and local workforce. We are excited that our students have the opportunity to continue their educational journey and make a positive impact on healthcare.”

Diana Phillips, Fairmont State’s vice president for academic affairs and provost, echoed Metcalf’s comments.

“At Fairmont State University, we put student success at the center of everything we do. By partnering with Wheeling University, we can continue to make transformative contributions to our students while strengthening healthcare in our region and beyond.” She said.



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