"This has been a very carefully planned process and represents the culmination of years of hard work."
Doctor of Physical Therapy
SACS approval paves the way for AASU to offer selected doctoral degree programs
Following approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) in December, AASU is now poised to begin offering its Doctor of Physical Therapy degree independently. Since 2006, the degree had been offered through a consortium with the Medical College of Georgia and North Georgia College and State University.
That consortium was dissolved in July. Three months later, in October, AASU obtained approval by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia to offer the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. It was a necessary step prior to obtaining final SACS accreditation.
"This has been a very carefully planned process and represents the culmination of years of hard work," said Anne Thompson, interim head of the AASU Department of Physical Therapy.
While the SACS approval allows AASU to offer up to three doctoral degrees, the university has no immediate plans to offer other additional degrees.
Since its inception in 1994, the physical therapy program at AASU has been highly regarded. In 2001, it was recognized as a Board of Regents Program of Excellence. The program was initially accredited in 1997 by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education and has held continuous accreditation throughout its history.