Physical Therapy Student Achievement Award given to Rachel Orifici|
The Department of Physical Therapy at Misericordia University recently presented the Physical Therapy Student Achievement Award to Rachel Orifici of Miller Place, N.Y., during the Doctor of Physical Therapy Recognition Ceremony in Lemmond Theater at Walsh Hall.
The Physical Therapy Student Achievement Award is given to a graduating entry-level DPT student who has demonstrated outstanding abilities to successfully complete the physical therapy curriculum in the face of unique life experiences. The graduating students in the program select the student who they believe fits the criteria.
Orifici is a member of the first graduating class from the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Orifici and her classmates were awarded their doctorate degrees on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the 3rd annual winter commencement ceremony in the Anderson Sports and Health Center on campus.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Misericordia University is a 6½-year professional program in which students receive a bachelor’s degree and a doctor of physical therapy degree. Undergraduate students complete the requirements for their bachelor’s degree during their first 3½ years of study in programs like biology, business administration, health care management, psychology, sport management, and more. Students accepted into the Misericordia program as first-year students are guaranteed to progress into the graduate program as long as they are in good academic standing.
Misericordia also accepts transfer students into the doctoral program. Academically qualified students with a bachelor’s degree can complete the doctorate degree in three years.
For more information about the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or log on to www.misericordia.edu/pt. Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 34 academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full and part-time formats.
Susan Barker, P.T., Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at Misericordia University, left, presents the Physical Therapy Student Achievement Award to Rachel Orifici of Miller Place, N.Y., during the Doctor of Physical Therapy Recognition Ceremony.