HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from William Carey University
William Carey University recently received a gift of $100,000 from Dr. Lynn McMahan, founder of Southern Eye Center in Hattiesburg, and his wife, Marty, to support the university's new Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
"We thank the McMahans for their generous gift that further enhances Hattiesburg as a medical center in the state," said Dr. Tommy King, Carey president.
The McMahan gift will help pay startup costs for the physical therapy program, which is slated to open its doors for doctoral students in fall 2016. Pre-physical therapy students will begin their studies in the upcoming fall term through a pre-professional track in the biology major.
The physical therapy program, the second of its kind in Mississippi, was established in September 2014 because of a strong need for more physical therapists in the state. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has noted that the demand for physical therapists will grow 36 percent from 2012 to 2022 because of the aging baby boomer population. According to bureau officials, this growth is much faster than the average for all other occupations.
Once fully operational, the Carey program will allow students with the appropriate bachelor's degree to complete the classroom and clinical education courses in three years.