“…our program should continue to thrive”
Alumnae and institutional support freed Bouvé administrators to expand the offerings of the physical therapy program. In 1972, the department launched an eighteen month cooperative education program, the first of its kind in the nation. As the department’s network of institutional partnerships grew to include private practices and rehabilitation centers, specialized learning opportunities opened for students in areas such as respiratory physical therapy and sports medicine. Continued emphasis on practical education, coupled with advanced facilities and training in the demands of a comprehensive health care system, attracted a record number of students. The department laid claim to another milestone in physical therapy education when it graduated 94 students from its five-year program in 1977, the largest ever class in the country.