Lone Star College Montgomery News
Published on: July 25, 2013
Dr. Renee Pruitt, director of the physical therapist assistant program at Lone Star College-Montgomery, has been selected to serve on the external advisory board for the Bridge Program at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Health Professions.
This program, which is still in the planning stages, will provide physical therapy students a pathway to admission to the doctor of physical therapy (DPT) program at UTMB. Pruitt will assist in developing admission criteria, curriculum, mentoring processes, and retention strategies for qualified participants.
The director of Lone Star College-Montgomerys physical therapist assistant program has been selected to serve on the advisory board for the Bridge Program at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Health Professions. Dr. Renee Pruitt will help provide pathways for students across the state to enroll in the doctor of physical therapy (DPT) program at UTMB.
I see such big changes in students who have the internal drive, but may not have the steps to achieve their goals, said Pruitt, who has more than 30 years combined experience in the physical therapy and administrative development of the healthcare field. Im happy to create that pathway and provide them the steps.
Since 2001, Pruitt has served at LSC-Montgomery, which offers a fully-accredited physical therapist assistant (PTA) associate of applied science degree program. Graduates from the program are eligible for the national licensure exam. Job placement rates in the program are high, and some graduates continue on to earn their bachelors degree or even their DPT.
PTAs work in hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation facilities, or even in home health care to assist in patients mobility, provide pain relief, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities.
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