Fall Student Update

October 22, 2011

With an exciting summer in the books, the DPT class of 2014 is off to a quick start in its first fall semester.  As a class, we are becoming a tight knit group as spend more and more time together in the classroom and lab.  Challenging classes such as Physical Therapy Foundations, Musculoskeletal I, Clinical Science I, and Research I have kept us on our toes as we continue to learn the basic techniques all physical therapists must learn to be competent in the clinical setting.  Along with techniques such as transfers, special orthopedic tests, and documentation, we are learning how to manage our busy schedules with fun outside the classroom.  The class of 2014 has also been actively involved in softball, soccer, football, and volleyball co-ed intramurals with some success in all sports.  It has been a whirlwind of a semester for all of us and the learning experience has been one of a kind that none of us will ever forget.  We are anxiously awaiting the news of where our first clinical experience will be this January term and continuing to work hard at preparing ourselves to be successful on our clinicals.  The class of 2014 is looking forward to the challenges the rest of the semester and time at Bradley brings to us. 

Brian Fisher ‘14


It is almost surreal to think that we as 2nd year DPT students only have 2 ½ semesters of course work and 3 clinical experiences left.  It is truly amazing how far we have come from the first day of classes in the summer of 2010.  We have become family and continue to celebrate our successes and hard work with get-togethers and food!

The class of 2013 has accomplished so much over the past year.  We recently finished an eight week clinical over the summer and have come back to campus to a semester of neuro rehab, teaching and learning, listening to guest speakers about different disciplines and continuing to work on our research projects.  On top of all the course work, we have also been feverishly working on fundraising to off-set the cost of the annual APTA combined sections meeting in Chicago this upcoming February.  Our recent 5K run fundraiser was a huge success and the entire class really pulled together a nice event for the BU and Peoria community.

Recently, we had the opportunity to teach the Bradley nursing students about aspects of patient care related to PT, such as body mechanics, gait training, positioning and transferring.  It was a great learning experience for both PT and nursing students.  Our next endeavor is to teach younger school aged children about childhood obesity and physical fitness.  We continue to work on motion analysis and treatment videos throughout the semester and study for all the written and practical examinations.  Even though we all LOVE our chosen future profession, we are looking forward to the upcoming winter break after the challenging, rewarding and busy past year and a half in grad school!

Lacey Neal ‘13


The Third Years are very excited to almost be finished with their last semester of didactic education.  Our courses include Differential Diagnosis, Professional Issues, and Health and Wellness.  Themes incorporate screening our patients for medical referral, debating current issues in physical therapy, and emphasizing prevention of chronic illnesses through specifically designed programs.  We are able to bring the classroom experience to a new level by sharing stories from our previous three clinicals.  Our fundraising efforts at this time are focused on our graduation banquet and review class for the state board exam. 


In the spring, we are off on two back-to-back clinicals and then back to campus for graduation and a well-deserved banquet.  Our professors were right...the past two and a half years went by very quickly.  Even though our formal classroom experiences will be finished, physical therapy is a career that inspires lifelong learning.  We are excited to take that immense amount of information and begin our careers helping others. 

Danielle Cooper ‘12