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Physical Therapy Program's Expanded Resources Benefit Students And Local Community
Clarkson University’s Center for Health Sciences and Physical Therapy recently expanded its facilities and renovated space to meet the demands of its growing master’s degree program and to improve clinical services available to North Country residents.
“Our mission is to enrich the role of physical therapy in health care by educating and serving the academic, professional and public communities,” said Samuel B. Feitelberg, associate dean of Health Sciences. “Expanding and upgrading our facilities ensures that we are providing the highest level of patient care, as well as fully supporting the educational development of our students and the research projects carried out by Clarkson faculty.
A recently completed renovation of Clarkson Hall’s third floor will increase the space available for instruction and patient care. The new space includes a computer laboratory, a microbiology laboratory, and seminar rooms for education. An assessment and research area devoted to cardio-pulmonary energy output is also being added.
“Some of the work that will be carried out in the new research center will be to assist individuals recovering from a stroke or other injuries to regain movement and their ability to walk using a new gravity reduction device designed for gait training,” explained Feitelberg.
Researchers and students interested in exercise physiology can analyze cardiopulmonary energy output and use three-dimensional, telemetry-based, real-time motion analysis equipment to study the components of everything from lifting and throwing a ball to swinging a golf club.
Existing facilities, including the neuroscience laboratory and research library, were also upgraded.
According to Feitelberg, the expansion and renovation are necessary to ensure the educational integrity and competitiveness of Clarkson’s master of science program in physical therapy. The program was accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association in the fall of 2001, and its first students graduated that December.
The two-and-a-half year program is now established with a group of students enrolling every January. Many enter the program after successfully completing Clarkson’s pre-physical therapy concentration in their undergraduate degree, which guarantees students a spot in the master’s program.
“We are committed to providing state-of-the-art instruction, resources, equipment, and training opportunities to develop our students into first-rate health care professionals who will serve their communities through treatment, consultation, education and research,” added Feitelberg. “Ongoing expansion, upgrading of systems and working with the community is part of the process.”