Dr. Robert Frampton Named Director of Physical Therapy

October 22, 2014

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union has named Dr. Robert Frampton its new director of physical therapy. In this position, Frampton will be responsible for launching the institution’s proposed Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, scheduled to begin fall of 2016, pending the appropriate external approvals.

Frampton earned a Bachelor of Science degree in health sciences, Master of Science degree in physical therapy and Doctor in health care ethics from Duquesne University of the Holy Ghost in Pittsburgh, PA. In addition, he attended Youngstown State University, where he received a graduate certificate in bioethics.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Frampton to the Mount Union family,” said Dr. Patricia Draves, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the University. “His commitment, passion and experience in the field will make him a great asset to the University. We look forward to all that he will achieve with the launch of our new Doctor of Physical Therapy program.”

Frampton currently serves as chairperson and director of physical therapy at Mount Union. He comes to Mount Union from the University of Findlay where he served as associate professor of the Department of Physical Therapy.

Frampton served as co-chair of the University of Findlay Academic Policy and Assessment Committee and was a member of the University Faculty Affairs Committee. He also took part in the Student Progress Committee, Professional and Alumni Committee and Program Curriculum Committee, among numerous others.

He has received the Outstanding Service Award by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy and Madison’s Who’s Who of Professionals and Business Executives award. Among his scholastic achievements are numerous publications and presentations.

Frampton has been a member of Bioethics Network of Ohio, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, National Alliance of Wound Care, the American Physical Therapy Association and served as executive board member at the American Red Cross, Mahoning Chapter.

In August of 2013, Mount Union announced that its Board of Trustees and faculty had approved the addition of a DPT program to the institution’s degree offerings.

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 area of sport physical therapy and have unique clinical opportunities for students in athletics and fitness. The DPT program also meets the five criteria the University has established for new programs – it is mission compatible, draws sufficient student interest, provides significant career opportunities for graduates, enhances or maintains the current academic profile of the student body and is fiscally responsible.

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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