The program emphasizes a whole person approach to the investigation of clinical issues using a problem-based format. The students are admitted to the program from a number of different undergraduate fields of study, professional backgrounds, and levels of maturity. Diversity and variety of life experiences are most valuable in this program. The Problem-Based Learning format encourages teamwork, open discussion, and researching appropriate resources to acquire the essential didactic knowledge. Due to small class sizes, the students receive individual attention and meet with faculty advisors on a regular basis.
During the program, our students are exposed to a variety of opportunities through class, volunteer/service projects, service learning and clinical rotations. With a diverse faculty in our department, students are able to learn about various practice settings and focus. To help with clinical exposure and experience, students have a variety of clinical rotation locations to chose from during their education. Local vendors and practitioners visit to share their knowledge and expertise. Through the PT club and other local programs, students participate in a variety of projects in the local community.
Various levels of service learning are integrated into our program, some required and some optional. These expose students to settings and people at the local, regional, and international level. Working with faculty, students are able to apply the Jesuit philosophy of serving others.
Participation in research is a key component of the program, and our students are required to contribute to the body of knowledge. With increasing weight place on evidence based practice, the profession requires evidence that therapeutic interventions have been proven to be relevant and appropriate to the patients. Students have the opportunity to work with faculty on research projects. With that, they are also given the opportunity to present their doctoral research projects at state and national levels and to publish the results in professional literature. Additionally, the research-training seminars prepare students for public speaking.
Facilities & Faculty The Department of Physical Therapy offers an excellent physical environment conducive to learning and to quiet studying. In addition to the department's facilities and equipment, the students have access to all the university's resources. The full-time faculty is comprised of licensed physical therapists from a variety of backgrounds and interests. Adjunct faculty members bring additional skills in related fields, offering the students a broad and comprehensive range of associated topics relevant to practice. For more information on Wheeling Jesuit Physical Therapy Program, contact the Department at 1-304-243-2068 or firstname.lastname@example.org .