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From the D&C: Demand for Physical Therapists Keeps Growing

30 Jul
From http://www.democratandchronicle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012307290015&nclick_check=1

Jenna Siracuse, 24, Siracuse works for Callan-Harris Physical Therapy on University Avenue in the city. / JEFFREY BLACKWELL/staff photographer / From democratandchronicle.com

As reported by the Democrat and Chronicle:

[T]he job outlook for physical therapists for the Finger Lakes region, and the country looks encouraging.The demand for physical therapists is expected to grow by nearly 40 percent between 2010 and 2020, according to the United States Department of Labor.

“I can work just about anywhere in the country in various types of settings,” said Jenna Siracuse, 24, a local physical therapist and 2011 graduate of Nazareth College in Pittsford. “At a time when new college grads are having difficulty finding work, I was fortunate enough to find a job immediately out of school.”

Nazareth’s physical therapy program prepares professionals who are committed to meeting community health needs through engagement and service.  Nazareth PT graduates possess the skills to provide sound patient care, as well as preventive, educational, administrative, and consultative services that respect individuality. The licensure pass rates for physical therapy graduates from Nazareth’s School of Health and Human Services is 95 to 100 percent. And like Jenna Siracuse, most graduates from the School of Health and Human Services are employed just after graduation–many of them in the western New York region.

PT students at the College also have the opportunity to work in the physical therapy clinics. A unique collaborative effort that combines clinical learning and outreach, the PT clinics and related services are designed to meet the needs of underserved individuals with movement disorders.

To learn more about physical therapy at Nazareth, click here.

Exercise Program for People Who Use Prosthetic Devices

21 Feb

Nazareth College’s physical therapy department is offering a free seven-week specially focused exercise program as part of its Academic Center for Wellness and Rehabilitation offerings. Starting March 2 and running through April 20, people using prosthetic devices can participate every Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. or 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Stadium Fitness Center on the Nazareth College campus. Registration is required. For more information and to register, call 585-389-2912.

Building upon previous and current coursework, Nazareth’s doctor of physical therapy (DPT) program students will gain hands-on knowledge in prosthetics/orthotics by examining the client’s fitness goals and working with him or her to promote overall health and wellness.

Currently, the program has eight individuals signed up, with twelve spaces available. “Ideally, we’d like a student to participant ratio of 2:1 so we are hoping to reach out to potential clients who can help our students learn, while benefitting as well from the experience,” said Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy Andrew Bartlett.

One way Bartlett has acquired clients is by reaching out to Nazareth’s Office of Veterans Affairs. Jeremy Bagley, coordinator of veteran student enrollment and support services at Nazareth College, has referred three veteran amputees (not Nazareth College students) to this year’s exercise program. As veterans return home, Bagley said he sees an increasing need for such services due to the surge of walking combat patrols and improvised explosive devices used in Afghanistan.

The School of Health and Human Services at Nazareth College is a top learning institution for health care professionals. From nursing to speech-language pathology, from physical therapy to art and music therapy, the School offers challenging programs that prepare students to become compassionate, innovative and patient-focused leaders in the health care community. As the only school in upstate New York to offer both traditional allied health and creative arts therapy, Nazareth College is preparing students who will stay in—and heal—our community for generations to come.

Nazareth’s PT Department Takes Steps Toward Partnership in India

20 Feb

Nazareth College recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Lourde Institute for Allied Health Sciences (LIAHS), located in Kerala, India, to expand learning opportunities for physical therapy (PT) students at both colleges, focusing on collaborative programs. Physical Therapy Department Chair Jennifer Collins and PT faculty members Elizabeth Clark and JJ Mowder-Tinney traveled to India in January 2012, where they advised on curriculum as well as discussed faculty/student exchange and certification programs for physical therapists in India. Nazareth College will host faculty members from LIAHS here in the U.S. in spring 2012.

The Nazareth College physical therapy department will encourage faculty and student exchanges between the two institutions and has discussed offering a dual degree in physical therapy from Nazareth and LIAHS. The partnership will also serve to develop a post-professional doctor of physical therapy degree suitable for Indian practitioners who seek knowledge in differential diagnosis and evidence based practice. Nazareth also hopes to encourage professional development programs in physical therapy and Ayurvedic approaches, partnering with the Parassinikadavu Ayurveda Medical College. Ayurveda is one of the oldest organized systems of medicine and emphasizes a balanced lifestyle and the use of medicinal plants to promote overall health and well-being.

After hosting LIAHS faculty in spring of 2012, Nazareth PT faculty plan to return to Kerala in October 2012 and offer its first student trip in March 2013.

The School of Health and Human Services at Nazareth College is a top learning institution for health care professionals. From nursing to speech-language pathology, from physical therapy to art and music therapy, the school offers challenging programs that prepare students to become compassionate, innovative, and patient-focused leaders in the health care community. As the only school in upstate New York to offer both traditional allied health and creative arts therapy, Nazareth College is preparing students who will stay in—and heal—our community for generations to come.

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