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.