Physical Therapy at Clarkson University


(upbeat music) [MAN] I really like the style
of the program we have here, the problem-based learning. It’s a lot of — it’s an active learning process where we as students take
a major role in the learning process, where we collaborate with
other students in the program to really bring out the most recent research. We’re not always getting lectures, which I personally like because I like to
delve into the information myself. Also, they have a way of
connecting all of the different pieces to kind of go with every
learning style that you possibly have. We have tutorial based,
where we go through a case study, and then based on that case study, we’re learning everything we can
in the clinical setting in the clinical lab. Then we go down to the anatomy lab
and we get to see it firsthand. So, I really like the three
different types of tiers. And then we do get some lectures on top of that to really show the importance
of the information that we’re learning. First semester here, you are in the classroom,
so you get the general background information that you would need to move forward in the program. You are down in the cadaver lab, so you get to see the physical muscles. Then in the classroom, you are
learning the physiology behind that — the healing process that
you’re going to be going through. Then also in the clinical lab,
how to then, when you go into the clinic, measure all the deficits and the
range of motion, manual muscle testing — all of that. So, it’s a pretty general semester. Then second semester, we move into cardiopulm, which deals with your heart,
lungs — all of that type of system. Third semester is your orthopedic semester. So you learn every type of
orthopedic injury for every joint in the body — how to evaluate it, and
how to diagnose one of those injuries. Then after that, we go out on our first clinical. So we’re in the clinic for nine weeks. We get paired with a clinical instructor. It’s all over the country actually. We have students who are
out in California, right here local, in Alaska… We have contracts all over the nation, which is pretty unique to our program as well. A phenomenal experience is to put into play what you have learned in the classroom, out into the real world, what we are actually doing. After that, we come back to the classroom
and we get to learn all the neurological disfunctions, and that’s a very intense semester,
but it’s very beneficial because a lot of the time, some even orthopedic
injuries do have a neurological component to them. Then at the end of the neurological semester,
we do a two-week clinic where we have patients who have
all sorts of diagnosis from the community come in, and it’s just like we are out on clinical,
where they come in three times a week for two weeks. We are in pairs, and we have to
work with that patient for two weeks. It’s a phenomenal experience to really put
what you have learned in the classroom and put it into more of a clinical aspect. Now we are back for our last semester,
that I’m in right now. It’s kind of a tie-up semester where we actually
get to put into play everything we’ve learned. We actually do a business plan,
where we develop a business. So, we get to learn the ins and outs in case
we do want to become an owner of a practice one day. We get to learn how to kind of go through that process and all the intrinsics of what it takes to own a practice. It’s a very rigorous program — continuous —
but it all flows really nicely and it goes really quickly. (music ends)

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