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William Carey trustees approve doctor of physical therapy; school to raise startup funds

Dr. Tommy King

Dr. Tommy King

HATTIESBURG — The William Carey University board of trustees has approved a doctor of physical therapy program at the university’s Hattiesburg campus.

At their regular meeting, the trustees unanimously approved the recommendation of WCU President Dr. Tommy King to initiate efforts to raise $1.5 million in startup funds for the program. The opening of the program will depend upon WCU’s ability to raise the funds.

Mississippi is the only state in the region with only one physical therapy school. The new program’s initial class would include 30 students.

“The presence of a physical therapy degree program will be another step in Hattiesburg’s role as a regional leader in health care, and would provide another economic piece to the regional economy,” said King.

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