- White Coat Ceremony
The White Coat is a “rite of passage” for the first year students, inspired by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, in recognition of the importance of fostering humanism in health care. Before family, significant others, friends, faculty and honored guests, students are donned into a white coat, which gives tacit acknowledgement of the students’ beginning transition into a competent clinician. It is a personally delivered gift of faith, confidence and compassion and the belief in the students’ ability to carry on the honorable tradition of physical therapy.
- Clinical Education Experience
This experience is the pinnacle of the clinical education progression, which occurs during the spring semester of the final year of study. The internship gives each student the opportunity to hone advanced clinical practice skills, in a specialty area, under the tutelage of a seasoned clinician. A primary goal of the internship is to expose students to the continuum of care in a chosen specialty track. The sequence of clinical experiences was designed to facilitate students’ development from novice to entry-level practitioner
- A curriculum that reflects hours of instruction to afford a more independent learning
- Adult learning pedagogy that focuses on student directed learning activities and questions.
- Sequential curriculum
Courses are designed to progress from simple knowledge to complex integration and application involving critical thinking and clinical decision-making.
- Course objectives that illustrate a hierarchy of learning with each semester and throughout the curriculum
- Development of courses that reflect taxonomy of expected student behaviors in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (attitudes and values) domains of learning.
- Option to take a Medical Spanish course during Summer I