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Friel to head Doctor of Physical Therapy program

by Luanne Williams

Wingate University’s Levine College of Health Sciences has chosen Dr. Karen Friel as director of its Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

A 20-year veteran of the New York Institute of Technology, Friel has chaired the physical therapy department there for the past 14 years, during which she secured more than $2 million in grants for her research and has had her work cited 149 times in other publications.

During her tenure at NYIT, student licensure exam pass rates improved more than 20 percent, the DPT applicant pool tripled and student retention increased from 80 to 90 percent.

Among Friel’s other accomplishments are the establishment of a continuing education program for community therapists and an early assurance articulation agreement with another university for entry into the DPT program for qualified students. She has formed collaborative initiatives with NYIT’s departments of occupational therapy, nursing and physician assistant studies and has led extensive research involving student readiness for success in graduate health professions programs.

Friel has also been recognized for incorporating educational technology into the curriculum and, in 2009, she was named Outstanding Alumnus by State University of New York at Stony Brook, from which she earned bachelor’s degrees in psychology and physical therapy. Friel holds a master’s of health sciences and a doctorate of health sciences, both from the University of Indianapolis’ Krannert School of Physical Therapy.

In her role at Wingate, Dr. Friel will also serve as chair of the Physical Therapy Department. She will start work in January.

Wingate’s DPT program is now in its fifth year. In addition to its didactic portion, the program includes 43 weeks of clinical training in four different areas.

To learn more about physical therapy at Wingate, register for the next information session, set for Nov. 17 at 11 a.m. at Wingate’s Burnside-Dalton building.

Sept. 26, 2018


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