Marist’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (DPT)

Marist College is launching their first
doctoral program, it’s the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. They see a need in the community, they’ve researched that need, and we’re going to be able to fill
a gap. We’re going to bring in students who will have the potential to enter a
really extremely rewarding profession where you help people day to day get
through their lives. CHRIS CHAMPILII: I know for a fact that there is a shortage of physical therapists at the hospitals, at the private clinics, and the surrounding area. And now, Marist sits in the middle of that, so I believe that this is huge for the
area. CLAUDIA FENDERSON: To have an optimal physical therapy program, you have to have the
space, and we have tremendous resources in our lab space. We also have a research
room where we’re going to have state-of-the-art motion analysis and
gait analysis equipment, so the students not only have the best clinical space
they have to learn in, classrooms, state-of-the-art equipment, we have a
wonderful resource in their research room. The building that they have is
tremendous. There’s no expense spared. From the labs, the cadaver labs, to the
simulation labs are absolutely fantastic. Our students will be involved in the
clinic early on. Within the first year, we’re going to have them do some
shadowing, but very planned shadowing. So, students will go into small groups
so they get to see the wide variety of what physical therapists do. You do get neurological, you get pediatric, you get musculoskeletal, you get sports injuries,
you get cardiopulmonary, you get burn unit, skin integrity, and that’s where it’s
growing. That’s where Marist is gonna take you to
that level. Just like most programs in the country are at three years now, because
of the level and the rigor of the courses that you have to take. We have
courses in pathology, radiology, pharmacology, which are all new which are things that weren’t done in the profession before. You’re going to go
into a pediatric setting for 12 weeks and follow a physical therapist around.
You’re gonna go into a neurological setting, and work in a hospital. Or you’re
going to come to an outpatient clinic like ours. Students will have to do
research on areas of need to look at the community, and say what’s needed in this
community and how we can start a project. So, they’ll work on these projects either
research education or service during the last three years. We want to focus on
global need, so we expect to do international medical missions, and also
to have some of our clinical education exposure, not just in the States, but in
other countries. I think Marist is looking for someone who has the heart. It’s
not just the person who’s coming and trying to learn, but someone who has that
passion, who feels physical therapy through and through. We’re going to bring in students who
will have the potential to enter a really extremely rewarding profession
where you help people, day-to-day, get through their lives. When students finish
the program, they’ll be well situated to take the national licensing exam. So,
they’ll be able to work in any state. They’re gonna give you the greatest
education, you’re gonna prepare for that. So, when you come out, you’re not stepping in wide-eyed and looking like this. You’re ready to go.

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