From the dean

The School of Health Sciences continues to grow. Besides welcoming 37 first-year PA students, we have 42 students in the DPT Class of 2013, 58 in the DPT Class of 2014 and 53 in the DPT Class of 2015, for a total of 190 health science students. Future enrollment in both programs is very strong. The recently completed admissions cycle for both programs included approximately 900 applications for 82 seats. The DPT program has been "over-enrolled" the past two admissions cycles. 

To provide a rich learning environment, we have eight full-time faculty and three staff members for the PA program. For DPT, there are currently 14 full-time faculty and four staff members. Both programs have strong support from the clinical community with many part-time faculty serving both programs. The university’s decision to create a School of Health Sciences has lead to many enhancements and expansion of programs. We welcome you to return to campus and take a tour of our new home in the Gerald L. Francis Center to see our growth firsthand.


Elizabeth A. Rogers

Enrollment of the charter class of Physician Assistant Studies

In January, the School of Health Sciences welcomed 38 members of the charter class for the Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree. Much of the orientation day was shared by the incoming PA and DPT students. At lunch, students were encouraged to begin to learn about each other’s chosen profession. A theme for students in the School includes "inter-professional education." Our goal is for all Elon graduates from the School of Health Sciences to know how to work with members of other health care professions.

Leadership transition for the Department of Physical Therapy Education

Stephen E. Folger, P.T., Ph.D., professor in physical therapy and the current associate chair for the Department of Physical Therapy Education, will assume the role of chair and program director of the DPTE effective June 1. Dr. Folger earned his degree in physical therapy from Ithaca College in 1988. Soon after graduation, he begun his clinical career at Duke University, enrolling in the doctorate program in biomedical engineering in 1991. Upon completing the program in 1998, Dr. Folger joined then Elon College’s MPT program, becoming a strong leader within the department, university and in the profession at a national level. Looking to the future, Dr. Folger plans to continue teaching the neuroscience portion of the DPT curriculum. As he assumes the leadership role, one of his first tasks will be preparing for the next visit by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Congratulations to Dr. Fogler on his new leadership role.

New client and standardized patient (SP) program

With the appointment of Nita Skillman as client and standardized patient coordinator, there has been tremendous growth in the number of on-campus experiences for students with real clients or standardized patients (SP). Skillman has nearly 150 real clients and 20 standardized patients on file to serve both programs. Many of the persons who serve as clients or SP’s were recruited from local retirement communities such as Village at Brookwood, Twin Lakes Retirement Community, Blakely Hall and the Life@Elon group. Having real clients, or SPs, provides expanded opportunities to utilize the simulations labs and technology available in the Francis Center. Read more ...

School of Health Sciences Committee on Global Learning Opportunities

Faculty from both PA and DPT have worked diligently this past nine months to establish learning opportunities for students to expand their professional knowledge in a diverse environment.  There are nine established sites in places like Kenya, Italy, Belize, Romania, Yucatan Penninsula, Mexico, and rural Kentucky. Site development is underway for Korea, Albania and Native American reservations in Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Alaska. The goal is to provide global learning opportunities for 100 percent of students. There are limited funds available to help support these student global opportunities.