Your First Day in Class


Photo of Old Ironsides next to Building 2CC

Your first day in class as a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) student...

You walk by the U.S.S. Constitution in the Charlestown Navy Yard, on your way to Rehabilitation Lab Room 220 in Building 2CC.

Once in the room, you see a picture of an elderly gentleman on numerous large screens located around the room. Your instructor says, "'José’ has fallen twice in the past year. Why and what will you do to prevent him from falling again?"

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Photo of the Rehabilitation Lab Room 220 in Building 2CC

Over the next several days, you discuss several chronic conditions affecting José’s balance (e.g., diabetes, peripheral neuropathy, osteoarthritis). You learn about body structures such as posture, muscle function, anatomy, pain, sensory systems and how they relate to José’s balance.

You learn how to asses José's risk of falling, which movement factors should be targeted for treatment, and which exercises are most relevant to improve his balance. You learn about the importance of family and culture to José.

You learn how to assess outcomes of your treatment and you gain insights into how the health systems interfacing with José could impact his care.





Photo of DPT students working with client in the Adult Rehab Gym in the IMPACT Practice Center

This integrated, case-based approach is used to facilitate strong clinical decision-making skills in real-life contexts that can easily be applied to clinical experiences throughout the program.

Integrated clinical experiences occur weekly while you engage in didactic course work. Two full-time, ten-week clinical experiences occur in Year 1 and Year 2. In Year 3, students complete their final clinical education experience, with many engaging in a paid one-year terminal internship.

See the virtual tour of our Adult Rehab Gym.