Health Sciences Expanding
In 2013, Lynchburg College graduated its first forty-four students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), began preparations for a Physician Assistant Medicine graduate program with a first entering class proposed for fall of 2015, and dedicating the Central Virginia Center for Simulation and Virtual Learning, a Centra facility operated jointly with the College.
Doctor of Physical Therapy
The DPT program was granted candidacy status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) in 2010 and was fully accredited April 24, 2013.
The DPT program is a three-year graduate program that prepares students to enter the physical therapy profession. Established in partnership with the regional health care community, the DPT program is designed to meet the growing demand for physical therapists.
The 120-semester hour program includes 40 weeks of supervised clinical experiences at health care facilities in all 50 states.
Physician Assistant Medicine
Lynchburg College has applied for provisional accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The College anticipates matriculating its first class in June 2015, pending provisional accreditation in March 2015. Provisional accreditation is an accreditation status for a new PA program that has not yet enrolled students, but at the time of its comprehensive accreditation review, has demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the accreditation standards. The program will not commence in the event that this provisional accreditation is not received.
The Physician Assistant Medicine program will be approximately 28 months in duration. It will be housed in the health sciences facility adjacent to the main campus of the College, which will be renovated to accommodate the training needs for the program. The cohort size for the program is proposed to be approximately 25-40. A bachelor's degree is required to enter the program.
The Central Virginia Center for Simulation and Virtual Learning, a Centra facility operated jointly with the College, was dedicated May 30, 2013 in the lower level of The Plaza Shopping Center.
The first phase of the 15,221-square-foot center is complete and consists of five acute care inpatient rooms, one critical care inpatient room, one labor and delivery birthing suite, two primary care exam rooms, one home health apartment, and an ambulance venue. This phase occupies about half of the facility. Orion, the most technologically advanced audiovisual system, is featured in the simulation areas of the first phase. Orion video records learners during simulations to allow for feedback. Six high-fidelity, computerized simulation manikins include two adults, one child, a baby, a birthing mother, and a newborn. All manikins simulate human actions such as breathing, heart and lung sounds, speaking, crying and other specialized functions.
The second phase of the simulation center will create a virtual hospital environment with two acute care rooms, another labor and delivery birthing suite, two critical care rooms, an emergency department triage area and trauma bay, operating room, and a helicopter, as well as a nurse’s station and medication room. Completion of the second phase is anticipated within the next 18-24 months. Upon completion, the center will be the only one in the commonwealth that offers the full spectrum of simulation venues, as well as one of the largest.
Currently, we are focusing our efforts on raising funds for the Health Sciences Building, equipment for our Doctor of Physical Therapy program, and for facilities and equipment for the Central Virginia Center Simulation and Virtual Learning.
|Facility Naming Opportunities|
|School of Health Sciences||$3,000,000|
|Physical Therapy Building||$1,500,000|
|Motion Analysis Lab||$250,000|
|Study Atrium/ Area||$40,000|
|Administrative Assistant Offices||$15,000|
|DPT Donor Recognition Wall||$3,000|
|Health Sciences Donor Recognition Wall||$3,000|
|Program and Endowment Naming Opportunities|
|Faculty Development Fund||$50,000|
Special Thanks to These Supporters
Beckett Charitable Foundation
Bedford Community Health Foundation, Inc.
The Centra Foundation
Franklin Federal Foundation
Greater Lynchburg Community Trust
Medical Facilities of America, Inc.
Orthopaedic Center of Central Virginia, Inc.
Rehabilitation Associates of Central Virginia