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Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Records, 1920-2018

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The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Duke University began as a post-baccalaureate certificate program originally offered by the School of Medicine in 1943. Helen L. Kaiser was brought on by Dr. Lenox Baker to help establish the program and serve as the first Director of Physical Therapy and Associate Professor of Physical Therapy. The program was officially elevated to a Master of Science degree in 1970. In 1998, the Physical Therapy course was lengthened to three years and the Master of Science degree was replaced by the Doctor of Physical Therapy. This collection contains planning files, schedules, syllabi, correspondence, budget records, meeting agendas and notes, research, calendars, admissions policies and statistics, survey results, grading policies, meeting minutes, student handbooks, booklets, student and alumni publications, newsletters, studies, reprints, transcripts, questionnaire results, presentation and lecture materials, audiovisual recordings of events, interviews, anniversary projects, orientation and graduation materials, blank copies of examinations, on-site evaluations, outcome assessments, site team responses, and photographic materials pertaining to the graduate program in Physical Therapy at Duke. Major subjects include courses, ongoing curriculum development, national accreditation, faculty records, publications, and papers collected by department chair Robert Bartlett for the graduate program in physical therapy at Duke University. Materials range in date from 1920 to 2018.