An Integral Part of Physical Therapy Practice

"As the community based learning coordinator for the Physical Therapy Club for the 2016-2017 school year, I have learned immensely about the different opportunities that exist for students to volunteer within the surrounding community.

Throughout the school year, the Physical Therapy Club provides exercise classes to three of the local senior living facilities and two of the local day cares. Seniorcise is an exercise class that occurs twice a week for 60 minutes while Kidercise is once a week for 60 minutes. These exercise classes are a great way for students to interact with the community & be creative in the exercise classes.

In addition, the club assists in coordinating a Wheelchair Basketball Tournament for I AM organization & a Volleyball Marathon for Cystic Fibrosis as well as volunteering at the Leahy Clinic. The Leahy Clinic is run by students and provides physical therapy services to the uninsured in the surrounding area. While volunteering at the clinic, students are able to gain knowledge within the field.

There are two service trips available to PT club members: Navajo Indian Reservation & Guatemala.

On the Navajo Indian Reservation, students partake in service including cleaning, organizing, painting, & assisting in the care of children at a local school as well as immerse in the Navajo culture. 

In Guatemala, through Hearts in Motion, students provide physical therapy care to various communities. There are many other options for community based learning for students.

Many students volunteer at the local soup kitchen, weight training for athletic teams, dog shelters, & Challenger Soccer. Challenger Soccer is a program at Riverfront Sports Complex for children with special needs who want to participate in sports and be a team member. I am very happy to been given this opportunity, and one of my favorite parts is learning how much our help is truly appreciated by the community." 

- Maureen Taylor, DPT Class of 2018

Check out the PT Club website for service events

Service to others is an integral part of physical therapy at The University of Scranton.  There are many service opportunities including:

Seniorcise - Exercise program for seniors

Kidsercise - Exercise program for children

Clinical Practice - Leahy Family Health and Family Center

Service Trips (scroll down for details)

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