Dr. Megan Salvatore Joins Mount Union Faculty

October 23, 2014

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Dr. Megan Salvatore of Medina, Ohio, has joined the University of Mount Union faculty as director of clinical education for physical therapy.

Salvatore has spent the majority of her career as a physical therapist at the Cleveland Louis Stokes VA Medical Center, where she helped to create the Balance and Vestibular Rehabilitation program.  Most recently, she has worked as a part-time physical therapist at Kingston of Ashland. She earned Doctor of Physical Therapy, Master of Science in Physical Therapy and Bachelor of Science degrees in biology from Wheeling Jesuit University. Her research interests include balance and vestibular rehabilitation and developing clinical practice guidelines to standardize rehab for amputees.

In August of 2013, Mount Union announced that its Board of Trustees and faculty had approved the addition of a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program to the institution’s degree offerings. The program is scheduled to begin in fall of 2016, pending the appropriate external approvals.

The proposed three-year program stems from Mount Union’s strategic initiative to build a curriculum for the future, with a particular focus on health-related programs. The program will prepare students to become physical therapists to serve in any area of the discipline. After researching the medical community’s needs, Mount Union’s program will be distinctive in the incorporation of the best of traditional education and problem-based learning practices. Additionally, the curriculum threads the topics of life span based healthcare, professional leadership, competency-based skill assessment and utilization of evidence-based practice.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that job growth in physical therapy will exceed 30% in the next 10 years, making it the 26th fastest growing occupation. More than 56,000 new physical therapy jobs are expected within the next 10 years. Physical therapy is also listed among the Buckeye Top Fifty: 2008-2018 among Ohio’s high wage occupations in demand.

The proposed program will build on the strengths of Mount Union’s tradition in liberal arts and sciences and will complement the institution’s growing number of healthcare-related programs, including the successful graduate program in physician assistant studies and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Mount Union also has strong working relationships with Alliance Community Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, the SPIRE Institute and others, which provide valuable clinical and medical education opportunities for Mount Union students.

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