Agreement with CMU Boosts Access to
Graduate Work in
Posted February 5, 2002
HOLLAND -- A new agreement between Hope College
and Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant enhances
access to graduate school for Hope students interested in
careers in physical therapy.
The articulation agreement, signed in the fall,
provides for the direct admission of two Hope students who
otherwise meet the school's admission requirements each year
to CMU's graduate program in physical therapy.
"The students that we have received from Hope
College have consistently been of the highest quality," said
Dr. Herm Triezenberg, director of CMU's graduate physical
therapy program. "We have enjoyed instructing them and the
graduate program in physical therapy at CMU has benefited
from their involvement."
"The transfer agreement will help create a
stronger relationship with an institution that shares our
educational values and graduates outstanding students," he
said. "We hope that this agreement will facilitate the
transfer of students from Hope College to Central Michigan
University. It should be an agreement that is in the best
interest of both institutions."
Dr. James Gentile, who is dean for the natural
sciences and the Kenneth G. Herrick Professor of Biology at
"I believe that agreements of this sort benefit
Hope and our students in several ways," he said. "First, it
is clearly an affirmation of our students and the Hope
program overall. It also provides a longer-term perspective
on continued education and professional growth
opportunities. Students will now see the opportunities
spelled out before them in a clear and defined manner, and
this will enable them to move forward with their Hope
education with clear outcomes in mind."
"Finally, the sharing of students will inevitably
result in opportunities for faculty from both institutions
to collaborate and interact in both teaching and scholarship
through opportunities that would not have easily come
available without the program as a bridge," Gentile said.
"When this happens, both programs become stronger and,
ultimately, students benefit."
Physical therapists practice in all health care
settings, including hospitals, private practice offices,
schools, rehabilitation centers, outpatient clinics, fitness
centers, nursing homes, home health agencies and
CMU's graduate program in physical therapy leads
to the conferral of a master of science in physical
therapy. The program is offered through The Herbert H. and
Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions, and the time to
degree completion is three years in length. The graduate
program in physical therapy at CMU is recognized as a
leading physical therapist educational program in the State
of Michigan with many nationally prominent faculty members.
CMU's contact for the program and the person who guided
CMU's part of the agreement is Anne Monroe, director of
admissions and enrollment in health professions. She can be
reached at (989) 774-1730.
In addition to having completed their bachelor's
degree at Hope, students admitted through the articulation
agreement must meet the graduate program's grade
requirements; complete an application; present evidence of
meaningful community work or volunteer service; and have a
recommendation from Hope's health professions advisor, Dr.
Dan Gerbens, who is also Hope's contact for the agreement.