About 11 months ago, we figured out how to shift a DPT curriculum online, run some laboratory sessions online while shifting others to months later, and alter clinical education as sites started cancelling clinical education experiences.
Then in the fall, we brought students back for hybrid learning and figured out how to conduct all our laboratory sessions face-to-face. Clinical sites and physical therapists from throughout the community stepped up and invited students back so all of the third year students were able to complete their internships and graduate on time.
Now in 2021, we continue to operate with some classroom modifications for student and employee safety, and faculty continue to modify how we teach. We have seen healthcare providers, including many of our faculty and students, receive the vaccine and we are excited about the estimates of more vaccine availability in the spring and summer for the general population.
We do not know when things will return to normal or what a new normal will look like, but we are hopeful it is near. No matter, we will continue to work tirelessly to ensure our students are getting the education they need to be successful physical therapists.
We thank our students, alumni, and clinical partners from throughout the region who are our partners in this journey. We could not have done this without you.