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PACE-i Scholars Program

Embark on a fulfilling child therapy career with scholarships and real-world clinic training.

Launch your career in early intervention with the PACE-I Scholars Program

The PACE-I Scholars Program is a unique 2-year opportunity designed to prepare exceptional students for successful careers in physical therapy, occupational therapy, audiology, or speech-language pathology. As a PACE-I Scholar, you'll receive substantial financial support (including at least $18,000 in tuition and fees) while gaining invaluable experience working with infants, toddlers and children in early intervention settings.

Are you passionate about early intervention and making a difference in the lives of children? Meet with an advisor to express your interest in the PACE-I Scholars Program and take the first step towards a rewarding and fulfilling career.


Year 1

Imagine getting hands-on experience helping young children right from the start. In the first year, you'll learn everything you need to know about working with infants, toddlers and their families. You'll master skills like building relationships with families and understanding their needs.

You'll also jump into real-world settings like clinics and therapy centers. Observe and even participate in different areas, from helping babies in "Birth to Three" programs to working with kids in pediatric clinics. 

Plus, you'll start harnessing your research skills by working on projects based on real cases. This gives you a taste of finding solutions and making a difference through research, a key skill in any healthcare field.

Year 2

Building on your foundational knowledge, the second year offers advanced coursework and training opportunities. You'll take deeper dives into the science and practice of early intervention, learning even more about how to help young children thrive.

The hands-on learning continues, but this time you'll get even more involved in clinics and therapy centers. You'll work closely with experienced professionals, putting your skills to the test and refining your techniques. Think of it as training for your dream career. By the time you graduate, you'll be fully prepared to walk into any early intervention setting and start making a difference.


Departments & Facilities

Explore the departments that contribute to your education in the PACE-i Scholars program.
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Physical Therapy

Our department develops scholars, practitioners and life-long learners who provide evidence-based physical therapy services throughout patients' lives. Under the instruction and mentorship of expert faculty, our students gain the practical knowledge, hands-on experience and confidence they need to thrive as team members and leaders in physical therapy.

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Occupational Therapy

Our department facilitates meaningful research and a robust education for future occupational therapists through the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program and an occupational therapy pathway. With state-of-the-art facilities, a small student-to-faculty ratio, hands-on learning opportunities and more, the department prepares students to assist people in achieving their goals, maintaining or rebuilding their independence and participating in everyday activities. 

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Communication Sciences & Disorders

Gain knowledge of communication disorders and their treatment and take part in world-class clinical experiences, outreach activities and research in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

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