The directors of CUAA’s DPT and OTDe programs, respectively, are Bob Frampton, PT, DHCE, MPT, and Julie Chreston, OTD, OTRL.

The North Building underwent a significant remodel this past year to prepare for the launch of the Ann Arbor campus’ newest programs: the entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTDe) and Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degrees.

Workers tackled more than 7,300 square feet to create an intentionally and expertly designed shared space for future occupational therapy (OT) and physical therapy (PT) students. The upgrade was on top of significant renovations that the university undertook in 2015 for its School of Nursing and in 2020 for its Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program. Altogether, the North Building—a former law school located just under three miles north of the main campus—is fast becoming a state-of-the-art epicenter for CUAA’s blossoming health care offerings.

The PT and OT refurbishment project included two classrooms and four labs, as well as storage, a reception area, and offices. The space features:

  • A large multipurpose treatment lab with a full-range kitchen with adaptive equipment and supplies • A second lab with 15 powered hi-lo plinth tables
  • A simulation lab modeled after an outpatient clinic
  • A pediatrics/neuro studies lab that includes a suspension bolt for affixing bolster swings or other suspension/therapeutic devices
  • Two classrooms, with one conveniently located near the front entrance of the building to better welcome future community guests whom the programs will serve.

Students in the OTDe program will be the fifirst to utilize the new space as the inaugural cohort begins this summer. CUAA will welcome its fifirst DPT cohort in August 2023.

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