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DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness
This state-of-the-art 30,0000-square foot education and research center is actively fulfilling its mission as a clinical training area for students as well as reaching out to underserved rural populations.
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In our physical therapy program you will have plenty of opportunities in the classroom and beyond. Below are just a few of the opportunities waiting for you as a future PT student.
The Physical Therapy research laboratory, located in East Gate Hall, supplies flexible space and additional classroom space as needed. This facility, designated to physical therapy, houses state-of-the-art equipment such as a computerized motion analysis system (peak performance), a surface EMG system, and an under-water weighing tank.
While many PT programs have gone to electronic means of learning anatomy, our approach is more hands-on with actual human cadaver dissection by students working in teams of four-to-five individuals.We are fortunate to have cadavers to use from the Human Gift Registry in the state of Pennsylvania. The PT department procures two or three cadavers per year for teaching purposes.
The PT department is housed in the Stokes Athletics Center where we take advantage of classroom and lab space as well as the pool, weight room and walking track.
The PTO represents all physical therapy majors, the Saint Francis University community, and their mutual interests related to the profession of physical therapy.
As a student you may participate in professional activities including attending and presenting in professional conferences as you learn new things and are ready to share your research. Membership in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is enthusiastically supported and encouraged. Our students participate in numerous APTA and Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association (PPTA) events.
Our students can take part in three Physical Therapy Residency Programs at the University's DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness. The Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program is credentialed by the American Physical Therapy Association as a clinical residency program for physical therapists in sports physical therapy. The Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program is credentialed by the American Physical Therapy Association as a post professional residency program for physical therapists in orthopaedic physical therapy. The Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program is credentialed by the American Physical Therapy Association as a post professional residency program for physical therapists in pediatric physical therapy.
The C.A.R.E. Clinic - C.A.R.E. stands for "community access rehabilitation for everyone". We are a student run pro-bono physical therapy clinic for underserved individuals in the rural community. Students in the physical therapy graduate program at Saint Francis University, along with guidance from professors of physical therapy, work as a team to provide individualized care for each patient.
The DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness is state-of-the art 30,000 square foot education and research center provides a clinical training area for students as well as an outreach services for under-served rural populations near the university. It houses a student health center, rehabilitation services, a human performance lab. fitness and spiritual wellness areas, and conference facilities.
The Science Center flagship facility was completed in Fall 2013, and provides state-of-the art classrooms, laboratories, and research facilities. Students in allied health sciences majors will take many of their foundation science courses in this new facility.
The Hugs United Spring Break Mission Trip is comprised of a dedicated group of volunteers of students, faculty, and alumni head to the Dominican Republic to work closely with an orphanage and provide much needed love and support. A team that includes students from Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant Science, Nursing, and Education departments help administer health services for patients and children. It is exciting to see so many of our students dedicate their break to providing medical service in this truly blessed service-learning opportunity.
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