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Partnership between Penn State Berks and Alvernia provides hands-on learning for Doctor of Physical Therapy students

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With the start of this past fall semester also came the start of a new collaboration between the Alvernia Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program – the first of it’s kind in Berks County, and Penn State Berks – the only college in Berks County with a cadaver lab.

The partnership will reserve five seats for qualified Penn State Berks Bachelor of Science in kinesiology students in Alvernia’s DPT program, and in return allows DPT students access to Penn State Berks cadaver lab.

“This agreement is an excellent example of academic collaboration mutually beneficial for both institutions,” said Paul Esqueda, senior associate dean for Academic Affairs at Penn State Berks.

The recently renovated lab consists of a 900 square foot facility equipped with five dissecting tables and two television screens that can be connected to video cameras in order to project videos or display images for learning advancement. The space can accommodate for up to 30 students and allows the opportunity for hands-on experience using the knowledge and skills DPT students have acquired in the classroom.

Alvernia DPT program director Christopher Wise “The close proximity between Alvernia’s newly developed DPT learning space and the cadaver lab at Penn State offers meaningful active-learning experiences, explained Alvernia DPT program director Christopher Wise. “The ability to touch, move and feel each anatomical structure in the context of professional practice principles fosters the program’s mission of connecting the classroom to the clinic.”

And this is not the only partnership Alvernia has made to set its students up success.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Alvernia works with many other clinical affiliates across Lancaster, Reading, Harrisburg, Allentown, Pottsville and Philadelphia area, to ensure their students are getting the professional experience they need as well as connecting with the community.

Effective November 12, 2014, Alvernia 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: Candidacy is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation. Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation.

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