Marymount Physical Therapy Students Recognized by Foundation

Marymount University’s physical therapy program was among the top nine in the country to be recognized for its fundraising efforts on behalf of a national foundation.  The award was presented at a recent conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

    “I feel honored to be part of that elite group of students who have committed their time and energy to help our profession progress,” said Michelle Bomyea, president of Marymount’s class of third-year doctor of physical therapy students.

    MU earned the Award of Excellence, given to schools that donate $10,000 or more to the Foundation for Physical Therapy. The honor was bestowed at the foundation’s annual gala, held during the American Physical Therapy Association’s Conference and Exposition on June 9.

    Dr. Skye Donovan, chair of the school’s Department of Physical Therapy, said $5,000 was raised during the school’s second annual 5K race in April. That amount was matched by an adjunct professor, Dr. Steven Tepper.

    “We raise this money because we’re really trying to establish a sense of professional responsibility within our student body, and we want to give back to the profession,” Donovan added.    

    Students from 150 schools raised a record $354,320 for the 2015-2016 Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge to support physical therapy research and provide professional scholarships.

    Marymount offers a three-year graduate program that leads to a doctor of physical therapy degree. The employment rate for all Marymount DPT graduates is 100 percent within six months of passing the licensure exam. For more information, go to


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Marymount University earned the Award of Excellence from the Foundation for Physical Therapy, which was given to schools that donated $10,000 during its 2015-2016 Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge. Pictured from left, MU’s Michelle Bomyea, president of its Physical Therapy Class of 2017; Barbara Connolly of the Foundation for Physical Therapy; and Khadija Kane, president of MU’s PT Class of 2018.