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Buzz About Lewis

“I am pleased to inform you that Georgia State University’s Department of Physical Therapy has been selected as the recipient of the fiscal year 2017 Regents’ Teaching Excellence Award for Departments and Programs. We received several outstanding nomination portfolios this year and each was thoroughly reviewed by a panel of faculty and administrators from across the University System. When the review committee met to discuss the nominations and finalize their recommendations, they voted unanimously to recommend this department as this year’s winner in the category of Departments and Programs.
The committee was particularly impressed with the strong—and somewhat unique—emphasis on service-learning and community engagement in the physical therapy doctoral program, such as the Farm Worker Family Health Program, the study abroad opportunities in Nicaragua, and many other outreach projects. They appreciated the buy-in of faculty in the planning, assessment, and re-evaluation of the programming, which demonstrates a high level of commitment to the success of the students. Additionally, they were impressed with the high success rate of the students on passing the certification exam and finding employment.”
Robert E. Anderson, Ph.D.
Interim Executive Vice Chancellor & Chief Academic Officer
Board of Regents, University System of Georgia


It is our pleasure to notify you that your program [Bachelor of Science with major in Respiratory Therapy]is among a select group of programs that will be recognized by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) to receive the Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award. This award is presented as part of the CoARC’s continued efforts to value the RRT credential as a standard of professional achievement. From a program effectiveness perspective, the CoARC views the RRT credential as a measure of a program’s success in inspiring its graduates to achieve their highest educational and professional aspirations.”

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), April 2014, 2015 and 2016 (recognition received three years in a row)


“It was a [doctoral]program at Georgia State that actually interested me because of what it does and what it offers to students. Most people do not know you can actually get a Ph.D. in nursing…Georgia State has a phenomenal program that trains nurse researchers and also educators and health administrators as well. And I think that when I entered the program and wanted to do a doctorate in research, it’s because I did want to and still do want to change healthcare.”

“The who people are taking care of those patients are graduates of Georgia State University…I love Georgia State nurses…I have a deep partnership with our school of nursing and want to continue that partnership because they train some of the best nurses in the Atlanta metro area and can go toe to toe with any nurse across the country…I’m so very proud and honored to be a graduate of this program…”

Excerpted from speech given by Rhonda Scott, RN, Ph.D., etc. upon receiving a 2011 Georgia State University Distinguished Alumni Award


“The many excellent caregivers, therapists and scientists who’ve earned degrees from Georgia State are making that legacy stronger every day. I’m proud of what they’re accomplishing, and I know my mother would be, too.”

Kenneth D. Lewis

“Ken Lewis gives $5 million to alma mater,”

Charlotte Observer, June 30, 2014


“The students’ foundation is sound; they are professional, eager to learn, and take constructive feedback. [Georgia State]prepares them as well as medical students.”

An Atlanta-area physician and Lewis College student preceptor


“In its 50-year history, the Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions has changed and adapted to meet the evolving needs of its students and the healthcare-related professions it serves. Most important, the college’s commitment to first-quality education and research has had an enormous and enduring impact on the health and well-being of thousands of people.”

Mark P. Becker, President, Georgia State University