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07-13-1999

First Class Enters Clarkson University's New Physical Therapy Master's Program

The first class will enter into Clarkson University's new Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) program next month.

One of the most dynamic health fields today, physical therapy involves evaluating, alleviating and preventing impairments, functional limitations, and disability from injuries, diseases, and other causes. Clarkson's MPT program is unique, since it's built around an interdisciplinary approach and the latest computer technology.

Candidates are now being accepted for the August 1999 and January 2000 Master of Physical Therapy entering classes. Clarkson is also accepting pre-physical therapy students at a first-year undergraduate or transfer level.

The University's Physical Therapy Program will emphasize student-centered learning through problem solving, and feature an integrated basic science learning center, and practice, research and evaluation laboratories.

A tele-medicine center has also been developed to allow students to communicate with clinical affiliation site medical schools.

Clarkson has invested nearly $2 million in a new health-care complex that will house both the MPT program and the Canton-Potsdam Hospital's Physical Rehabilitation Services. More than one hundred other health care facilities around the country have agreed to affiliate with the new Clarkson MPT Program.

The close relationship with Canton-Potsdam Hospital means that hospital staff will assist in teaching, while the University professors and students will have the opportunity to work in a clinical setting. A state-of-the-art patient evaluation center will also be provided using the resources of both the University and Hospital, including sophisticated technology such as computerized balance and telemetry-based motion analysis. The Hospital's Physical Rehabilitation Services provides outpatient physical therapy services, along with additional comprehensive rehabilitation services, including speech therapy, occupational therapy, and neurorehabilitation programs.

Clarkson University is an independent institution located in northern New York, in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. The University has 2,745 graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in its schools of Business, Engineering, Liberal Arts and Science.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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