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Caring for the Profession

Clinical Education Program Exceeds Expectations

Trine DPT students have the unique opportunity to experience over 140 hours of integrated clinical experience prior to beginning full time clinical affiliations. The Clinical Application and Reflection Experience (CARE) course series at Trine allows students to attend five different clinical sites during the first five semesters of the curriculum. Each semester, the students are paired with a different partner and Clinical Instructor (CI).  The CARE program provides students with the opportunity to get hands-on experience with actual patients in authentic settings.  It also helps students to bridge the gap between didactical knowledge and clinical experience. During the fall and spring semesters, first and second year students are paired together for this course.  This innovated dyad has had numerous benefits for all stakeholders.  By the time of graduation, Trine DPT students will have 1500 hours of clinical experience.

ATTENTION all Clinical Sites! You should have received clinical site request forms for 2017 during the first week of March. Please read and return to Trine ASAP!!
Second Year DPT Student, Kate O'Daniel, works on her dissection project. The project was then presented to fellow second year students and used in first year gross anatomy classes.

Human Anatomy Becomes Interactive

The Anatomy program at Trine is set up different than most. Students learn about biomechanics, kinesiology, and gross anatomy throughout the first two semesters and then perform faculty directed cadaver dissections during their second year. The first semester of first year is focused on studying the upper extremity, and abdominal cavity. Spring semester begins with a study of the internal organs, reproductive organs, and lower extremity. Students also experience neuroanatomy during the spring.

The second year of DPT curriculum allows students to dissect faculty assigned body regions for use in the first year curriculum. Students are paired up into dissection teams to complete one dissection in the fall and a second in the spring. Staggering second year dissections between both semesters allows for first year students to learn on freshly prosected bodies each semester.

The physical therapy profession is heavily focused on the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems of the human body. By providing the students with four semesters of anatomy exposure, Trine's program allows students to get an in-depth grasp on the structures that will be pertinent in their daily lives as licensed therapists.
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DPT Clinical Education

Upcoming Events

April 26: NE Indiana APTA Meeting

April 29: Comprehensive Practical Exams

May 6: Last day of Finals

May 7: Sports Physicals with Lutheran Orthopedic Hospital

May 16: First day of Summer Semester

May 16: First day of Clinical Practicum

Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314;phone;  703-706-3245; is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Effective 7/29/2014, the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Trine University has been granted candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone 703-706-3245;email: Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program may matriculate students in technical/professional courses and that the program is progressing toward accreditation.  Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.

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