History

  • The Department of Physical Therapy, University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) was established in 1981 under the directorship of Dr. Raymond L. Blakely.  The first class was admitted in 1982.  The first class of 13 students graduated in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy.  The Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) degree was approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission in 1992.  The initiation of the MPT Degree Program was consistent with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Strategic Plan to increase graduate offerings.  The first class of MPT students entered the program in September 1993 and graduated in September 1996.  In 2002, the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree was approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission and accreditation was granted by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).  The first DPT degree was awarded in September 2005. 
     

    four students and a teacher in wheelchairs

    student sitting on an exercise ball while two instructors hold her in place