DeVoss secures spot in physical therapy doctoral program

Release Date: 3/25/2014

Cole DeVoss, a senior at University of the Ozarks, recently learned that he has been accepted into the doctor of physical therapy program at Trine University in Fort Wayne, Ind.

DeVoss, originally from Paris, Texas, will graduate from U of O in May with a degree in physical education with a health minor.  The competition for admission into the inaugural class of Trine University's PT program was fierce, and DeVoss was excited to be selected.

"It's a brand new, three-year doctoral program," DeVoss said. "They had 200 applicants and 70 of those were invited to interview. Only 30 were selected for the program."

Cole DeVoss '14

Cole DeVoss, who will graduate in May, recently found out he had been accepted into a new physical therapy doctoral program at Trine University in Indiana.

According to DeVoss, his classes and field experiences at U of O were important, but it was his relationship with his advisor, Assistant Professor of Health and Physical Education Dr. Brett Stone, that was most beneficial for him over the last four years.

"My favorite classes were anything that had to do with anatomy, kinesiology, and exercise science, and I got to spend a lot of one-on-one time with the PTs during my observations and learn about their points of view," Devoss said. "But my relationship with Dr. Stone was probably the most beneficial thing for me. He helped me get all of my observation hours set-up and schedule my classes to make sure I had everything covered."

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, physical therapy will be one of the fastest growing professional careers over the next decade. By 2022, the bureau projects physical therapist employment growth of 36 percent, with the field adding 73,500 more jobs. Driving this demand for physical therapists are older people who experience heart attacks, strokes and other injuries that require rehabilitation. Physical therapists are also increasingly being called upon to help manage chronic conditions, including diabetes and obesity.

DeVoss is looking forward to having a career he is passionate about.

"I've always been interested in helping people in one way or another," he explained. "And fitness and the body have always been really interesting to me. I feel like I could actually make a difference in physical therapy."