Morgan Perry, WVU Graduate Credits PSC for Solid Academic Foundation

This past weekend 42 students graduated from West Virginia University who all have a common denominator – they started their college education at Potomac State College, a division of WVU, where they earned their associate degrees prior to moving onto the Morgantown campus.

One case in point is Morgan Perry, a Keyser native, who has earned a doctorate degree in physical therapy; therefore, giving him the initials, DPT after his name. Morgan will be the first to tell you that after graduating from Keyser High School in 2007, he had his sights set on going directly out to Morgantown his freshman year. A big WVU football fan, Morgan thought he was ready to embrace the university setting.

Morgan Perry

Pictured is Morgan Perry during The Class of 2014 Clinical Pathways “White Coat” Ceremony in WVU’s School of Medicine’s Division of Physical Therapy last year. The event signifies that students are ready to participate in full-time clinical education.

However, much to his disappointment, his parents, Mark and Kathy, insisted that he attend Potomac State his first two years. “There were a number of reasons why we thought Potomac State was a better fit for Morgan,” said his mother, Kathy. “First, it gave us the opportunity to save money with him living at home because at the time he thought he wanted to be a pharmacist. Second, Morgan’s uncle, the late Tony Whitmore, was a professor at the College so we were familiar with the outstanding reputation of the faculty. Third, we knew he’d get one-on-one attention which later proved beneficial in physical therapy school.”

In those two years, Morgan credits such instructors as Chemistry Professor Henry Falkowski, Ph.D., and Biology Professor Gerald Wilcox, Ph.D., for keeping him focused and getting him ready for the academic rigors that lie ahead at WVU. “Potomac State College ended up being a very good transition for me from high school and how I needed to perform at a college level,” says Morgan. “If you were willing to put in time, professors were willing to help you out as much as possible.”

At the conclusion of his experience at Potomac State, Morgan even admitted to his parents that had he been able to stay and complete his bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology, he would have. “I have to admit, I ended up loving it at Potomac State College. I also met a lot of great people in my classes and hanging out in the Student Union,” said Morgan.

Morgan wasn’t long into his classes at Morgantown that he realized, “I was more than prepared… I had a strong science background” that helped him tackle exercise physiology, kinesiology and physiology classes. It also helped earn him one of the 40 available seats in WVU’s School of Medicine’s Division of Physical Therapy, Class of 2014.

Now, after completing two years at Potomac State with an associate’s degree, two years at WVU earning his bachelor’s degree and three years in physical therapy school, Kathy says Morgan’s graduation on Sunday, May 11, will be the “best Mother’s Day present ever.”

Morgan’s future plans include taking the national physical therapy licensure exam in July which he hopes to pass and then practice as a traveling physical therapist which could take him across the United States. Morgan, ever the Mountaineer fan, says if he plays his cards right, he could end up working in Texas this fall in time for the WVU vs. University of Texas football game.