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Effects of the Affordable Care Act on the future of Doctors of Physical Therapy

  • Healthcare Alvernia

This March will mark the six year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) passing both houses of Congress and being signed into law by President Obama. What does the passage of this bill mean for those working in physical therapy or those students currently enrolled in a DPT program? Simply put, it means an […]

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Can Doctors of Physical Therapy use video games as a motivation technique in patients?

  • Healthcare Alvernia

In a recent blog post, we discussed techniques that Alvernia Doctor of Physical Therapy students can use to motivate their patients, both now and throughout their future careers. As mentioned, one of the greatest obstacles in a patient’s recovery process is lack of motivation to do home exercises. “Clinicians often struggle with creating attended, goal-directed […]

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The Need for Advance Practice Nurses with a Doctor of Nursing Practice in Clinical Teaching Roles

  • Healthcare Alvernia

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) reported that U.S. nursing schools turned away 68,938 qualified applicants from baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs in 2014. The reason? An insufficient number of clinical sites, limited classroom space and access to clinical preceptors, budget constraints, and the number one factor: lack of faculty. And it’s not […]

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3 tips Doctor of Physical Therapy students can use to keep patients motivated

  • Healthcare Alvernia

In any healing and rehabilitation profession, the key to a patient’s recovery lies in their motivation. Though pain is the number one motivator that brings patients to see a physical therapist, it is also a trend that when patients begin to see improvement, the motivation to attend appointments or do their exercises at home also […]

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Doctors of Nursing Practice fight for independent practice authority in PA

  • Healthcare Alvernia

In a recent Alvernia blog post we discussed the effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the demand for Doctors of Nursing Practice in the field. Now that the number of insured Americans has increased by approximately 11 million people, actions are being taken to ensure that there are enough health care providers to […]

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Doctors of Physical Therapy may have a small window of action when working with pre-diabetic adolescents

  • Healthcare Alvernia

As doctors of physical therapy you will see a wide range of patient populations, including those who are pre-diabetic or are living with diabetes. Diabetes has been an epidemic sweeping the country for years, ranked in 2013 by the CDC as the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. However, according to another CDC […]

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Considering becoming a nurse practitioner? Here’s what you should know about the future of nursing

  • Healthcare Alvernia

In 2010, the Institute of Medicine released a report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. One of the key findings in this report is that there should be a seamless transition to higher education degree programs. This is exactly what the post-baccalaureate track of Alvernia’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program offers nurses. […]

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How the Affordable Care Act has impacted demand and opportunity for Doctors of Nursing Practice

  • Healthcare Alvernia

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), passed in 2010, created a major transformation in the health care system, especially for current DNPs and those preparing to enter the profession, such as current students within Alvernia’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Reaching its five-year anniversary this year we can see some tangibles. The percentage […]

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DPT students organize a Day of Service in downtown Reading

  • Healthcare Alvernia

Throughout the month of October, the Alvernia University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program celebrated National Physical Therapy Month in a variety of ways. On October 2, in celebration of PT Month and to promote Alvernia’s recognition of the Feast of St. Francis, the DPT students conducted the first annual “DPT Day of Service”. In recognition […]

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Increasing mobility in patients living with paralysis: Part 2

  • Healthcare Alvernia

In our last post we discussed one approach to helping those with spinal cord injuries (SCI) to regain mobility of the hand. In this post, we will discuss a less invasive approach that has been developed this year, and what it means for Alvernia students completing their Doctorate in Physical Therapy degree. In June of […]

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