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Williston State PT Program Loses Accreditation

WILLISTON, ND -- Williston State College has placed its physical therapy program in inactive status effective June of this year, according to an article in the Williston (ND) Herald.

"We're putting it in inactive status," said vice president for instruction Wanda Meyer. "We could reactivate the program within five years, if we choose to."

The physical therapy program, which has been at WSC for nearly 20 years, recently lost its accreditation. Meyer attributed one of the biggest drivers to losing the accreditation to low test scores.

"The students did not score well on the national exam," Meyer said. "The national office expects high scores." She reported WSC students were scoring about 60 percent, when the national office expects scores of 80-90 percent.

According to Meyer, in a typical year the physical therapy program will see 10-15 students.

In order to regain its accreditation, Meyer believes the school will need to show that they have taken measures to improve the program and implement different requirements for acceptance into the program.

"We'll need to make admission standards more stiff," she said.

WSC officials will have five years to reactivate the program. Although no decisions have been made as of yet, Meyer said she would think the college would want to get the program back.

"It's a high-demand field, so I think yes, we would get it back," Meyer said. "Not many schools have the physical therapy program."

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