ATU Rehab Science Lauded at National Conference

Dr. Penny Willmering April 2022
Dr. Penny Willmering and the award she accepted on behalf of the Arkansas Tech University rehabilitation science program in April 2022.

The National Council on Rehabilitation Education honored the Arkansas Tech University rehabilitation science program during the 22nd annual National Rehabilitation Educators Conference earlier this month in San Diego, Calif.

ATU was recognized as the first institution in the United States to receive accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) for an in-person rehabilitation science undergraduate degree program.

Dr. Penny Willmering, retired program director and current adjunct faculty member in the ATU rehabilitation science program, accepted the award on behalf of the institution.

The CAAHEP accreditation process included a review of the program’s curriculum and interviews with stakeholders, including students and advisory board members. The certificate of accreditation for ATU’s Bachelor of Arts degree in rehabilitation science was issued on July 16, 2021.

According to the ATU Department of Behavioral Sciences website, the Arkansas Tech rehabilitation science program “is designed to prepare students for a variety of social service-based occupations through a foundation in client relations, industry-specific concerns and government agencies.”

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