Posts Tagged ‘student physical therapist’

Scorebuilders PT Exam Prep Class

Friday, April 6th, 2018

In addition to the capstone/elective projects that we, the 2018 doctor of physical therapy graduating class, presented on this week to our faculty and peers, we also had two days of the Scorebuilders On-Campus Review Course. This review course was provided by the physical therapy department to assist students in study preparation and test taking skills for the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE). It consisted of two full days of discussion, practice questions, helpful tips and tricks, etc. to hopefully improve test scores. We focused on all the systems the exam covers: Musculoskeletal, Neuromuscular, Cardiopulmonary, Other Systems, and Non-Systems. We also focused on the types of mistakes including, academic, decision making, and test taking and at what level the questions were – 1, 2 or 3. All of this was to help emphasize the weaker areas so that we can put more focus on the area(s) going forward. The NPTE is the exam all physical therapists are required to pass in order to practice physical therapy. It is essentially the culmination of our three years of coursework and internship information. With less than 3 weeks before I take my exam, it was a very helpful exam prep/review session! Back to studying!

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Final Internship… DONE

Monday, March 19th, 2018

My final internship for the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program has officially been completed. It was a great 10 weeks of working in a private practice outpatient orthopedic clinic in rural WI. I developed quite a few great professional relationships and was able to take part in a some really great opportunities that make the rural setting so special.

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Job Accepted

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

I recently got a notification of a “memory” on Facebook of a status I posted three years ago thanking all those involved in my life as I found out that I was accepted into the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the College of St. Scholastica. Just a few short days after that “memory”, I officially accepted a job offer at an orthopedic private practice physical therapy clinic in the twin cities. I am beyond ecstatic about the whole situation for many reasons. It is a large stress taken off my shoulders as I also have to finish my final internship, study and prep for the board exam, and finish my capstone project. It has also given me the opportunity once again to take a moment and appreciate all those who have helped me along the way including, family, friends, coaches, professors, staff, clinical instructors, college resources, and so many more. My time at St. Scholastica has been a very rewarding experience and it is great to see the light at the end of the tunnel getting ever-so brighter. I am very thankful to where my education has brought me and I’m excited to see what this next chapter of my life will bring!

Internship Happenings

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

After tomorrow I will be three weeks into my final terminal internship for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the College of St. Scholastica. I am currently at Orthopedic & Spine Therapy in Poplar, WI. The first three weeks have gone really well and I am enjoying each day getting more experience with hands on treatments. I am also learning a lot thanks to some set aside time for one on one skill practice with my clinical instructors.

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Importance of Internships

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Throughout the three years of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program there are four clinical internships. The first rotation follows the completion of spring semester of the first year. It is an 8 week long internship during summer term I. The final three internships are considered “terminal internships”. The duration of these internships span from 8-10 weeks, or occasionally 12. These follow the completion of didactic work for the program and provide the opportunity for us to apply all the knowledge and skills we learned over the past two years in the classroom. Often times students will begin to think about what setting they enjoy working in and where they would like to start their careers. Performance during these last three internships is crucial because these sites will often times consider student interns for upcoming job openings.

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