Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences
From construction to curriculum, admissions to fundraising, News & Updates keeps you informed about key milestones, people, and developments in the establishment of the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences.
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PT and OT Programs Meet Benchmark

Massaro Named PA Medical Director

Building Connections

Murphy Deming has signed an articulation agreement with Columbia College, which provides early guaranteed admission to its physical therapy, occupational therapy, and physician assistant studies programs to select students from Columbia who meet all admission requirements and have a successful interview. See the list of other institutions with which MDCHS has articulation agreements.

Find out how the Murphy Deming faculty and staff are already making a difference in the community.
May 2014

Charter Class Fully Enrolled

Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences has filled its inaugural class for occupational therapy and physical therapy, and expects to welcome as many as 35 students to each of the new graduate programs. Five applications were received for each seat in the class, and accepted students bring a strong academic foundation, a background of service to their communities, and a desire to be part of a unique, interprofessional allied health program. Classes are set to begin in June.

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Terrace to Foster Wellness

Terrace to foster wellness

After months of discussion, review of drawings, and selection of plants and trees, the last important element of the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences building has been finalized. Plans for a terrace include ample space for tables and chairs — creating a perfect site for future formal and informal gatherings — while trees and other indigenous plantings will create a tranquil and aesthetically pleasing area of the building. The terrace will serve a key component of the college’s vision for the new campus to provide "an atmosphere that fosters wellness."

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Haiti Trip Includes Outreach, Plans for Future

Kai in Haiti

Kai Kennedy, director of clinical education for the Murphy Deming College of Health Science’s physical therapy program, is joining forces with colleagues in the Mary Baldwin College community to reach out to a community in Haiti.

Kennedy recently returned from MBC’s inaugural alternative spring break to the rural southern region of the Caribbean nation, where she and a group of undergraduates conducted a mobile physical therapy clinic in three different towns.

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American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Board Position Statement on Doctoral-Level Single Point of Entry for Occupational Therapists

In April of this year, AOTA’s Board of Directors issued a position statement to articulate their view that future occupational therapists will need to be doctorally prepared for entry-level practice by 2025. Click here for an article that provides background on the decision and the process moving forward.

New Faculty Join Growing Programs

The Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences welcomes new faculty members to its physician assistant, RN to BSN, and physical therapy programs.

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All programs have initiated the appropriate professional accreditation process.

Our application to offer doctoral level programs has been approved by SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools).


Effective November 6, 2013, Mary Baldwin College has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: Candidacy is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation. Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation.


Mary Baldwin College has applied for Accreditation – Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Mary Baldwin College/Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences anticipates matriculating its first class in August 2015, pending Accreditation – Provisional in March 2015. Accreditation – Provisional is an accreditation status for a new PA program that has not yet enrolled students, but at the time of its initial accreditation review, has demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the accreditation Standards.

In the event the Physician Assistant Program is not granted Accreditation, all application fees, tuition or other fees paid to Mary Baldwin College/Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences will be refunded in full, and the Program will not commence. Provided Accreditation-Provisional is granted, Mary Baldwin College/Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences Physician Assistant Studies Program anticipates accepting a class size not to exceed 45 students.


The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is Once accreditation of the program has been obtained, its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.