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Gannon University, Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences, physical therapy program's curricular design represents a hybrid, competency-based curriculum organized around body systems. The curriculum includes full-time clinical experiences integrated into the curricular plan at times appropriate for the student to practice and refine the assessment process and skills learned. The clinical education component serves to augment and enhance the didactic portion of the curriculum. We adopted the integrated approach to clinical experiences throughout the students' professional education for the following reasons: 1. To allow students the opportunity to practice and refine their assessment process, skills and techniques shortly after they cover that material. 2. To provide a mechanism to assess student performance at a variety of points in the curriculum. 3. To continue the problem-oriented building process in the clinical education component as well as the didactic component.
The recommended emphasis of each clinical experience is detailed below and is created as a guideline for student’s consideration in the selection of their experiences. Availability of sites at certain times of the year requires flexibility on the part of the student.
• The first full-time clinical experience (10 weeks) takes place in the first year immediately following completion of the students' study of the musculoskeletal system. This experience provides students with an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills for individuals with musculoskeletal movement system dysfunction.
• The second full-time clinical experience (10 weeks) takes place following the second year of didactic material. Students are assigned to facilities where they work with individuals with neuromuscular, cardiovascular and pulmonary, integumentary, and other movement system dysfunctions
• The third full-time clinical experience (8 weeks) occurs in the fall of the third year, after all didactic coursework is completed. This clinical experience is designed to provide students with additional exposure to individuals with neuromuscular, cardiovascular and pulmonary, integumentary, and other movement system dysfunctions.
• The final twelve-week clinical experience (12 weeks) in the third year, allows the student to pursue areas of specialty practice such as working with individuals with movement dysfunctions associated with pediatric, geriatrics, and sports-related conditions as well gaining exposure to clinical research, education, administration and so forth.
Please refer to Clinical Education Handbook above for Clinical Experience Preparation Policy and Procedures.
2017 - Rehabilitation Specialists, Jamestown, NY
2018 - AHN-Saint Vincent Hospital, Erie, PA
2017 - Deb Emch, HealthSouth
2018 - Greg Kuzma, Ashley & Kuzma
2017 - Nicole Busovicki
2018 - Laura Modany
"During my third Clinical Experience, I was given the opportunity to work in an acute care setting, primarily in the Intensive Care and Long Term Acute Care Unit. This was really an eye-opening experience for me, as I learned the significant role Physical Therapists have in the Intensive Care Unit, and the importance of early mobility. It was extremely gratifying to witness the impact we have on our patients and their families lives."
- Matt Zerah, Class of 2018