Physical Therapy Will Offer Doctorate Program
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The three-year program will enable Sac State graduates to keep pace with the body of knowledge in the field that has expanded exponentially in the last several years. McGinty says, "Our graduates will be able to provide direct access treatment to patients who require care in states where it is allowed." She notes that
The program, which will phase out the current master's curriculum by 2014, is designed to elevate the level of education that graduates receive so they can reach the pinnacle of their respective professions. It will offer students an extra semester to augment their knowledge of orthopedics and anatomy, and add courses in health and wellness, geriatrics, diagnostic imaging and neuroscience. Students will also complete 36 weeks of full-time internships at three separate locations to learn by doing in their respective specialties.
The doctoral program will be the first in the nation to integrate a mock electronic medical records (EMR) system into its curriculum, thereby preparing students to discover and document data from simulated medical records. The department is one of the few to use a simulation lab (in
Established in 1995, the
That impressive track record is about to become even stronger because the doctoral program's primary mission is to produce more skilled physical therapists, generalist practitioners and health care leaders.
McGinty hastens to add that the department's pro bono clinics, where faculty-supervised students provide rehabilitative care for participants whose insurance benefits have expired, will remain intact. "Nothing is more authentic to training than being able to treat actual patients," she says. "This is applied learning at its best." These clinics benefit Sac State students and community members, which underscores the University's core mission of service.
Prospective applicants for the Physical Therapy doctoral program should visit http://www.hhs.csus.edu/Special/PT/SupApp/App_Page_1of2.asp.
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