Degree/Graduation year: B.S., Health Science, 2002; M.S., Physical Therapy, 2004;
Doctor of Health Science, 2009, University of Indianapolis
Current Employer: Shelbourne Knee Center, Indianapolis, Indiana
Title: Assistant Research Director
The professors in the physical therapy department do an outstanding job of teaching students how to reason as clinicians and value each patient as an individual with unique needs. The curriculum at Bradley is designed to give you a solid background in basic science during the undergraduate years, while the professional phase of the program explains how those concepts are applied in a medical context within physical therapy.
My biggest piece of advice to current or prospective students would be to approach the program with an open mind. Soak up as much as you can and seek out a variety of clinical experiences because you never know where you will find your passion in physical therapy. Be committed to learning as much as you possibly can, but maintain your own interests outside of the physical therapy program as well. No matter how overwhelmed you may feel, make sure you spend time every day doing something you enjoy, and get a good night of sleep every night. In the long run, you’ll be a better student if you maintain some balance in your life!
Degree/Year: B.S., Health Science and Psychology, 2005; Doctor of Physical Therapy, 2009
Current Employer: CORA Health Services, Inc., Seminole, FL
Title: Clinical Manager/Physical Therapist
Now that I’m involved in PT and PTA education programs myself, I’ve learned that the faculty at Bradley University utilize numerous teaching methods that are unique and beneficial in their application to real world situations. In particular, the research based practice and collaboration between students and working professionals mimics the current health care system nicely. Learning how to apply current research principles and then effectively communicate that knowledge with other health care professionals has been an integral part of my success and professional growth.
The atmosphere of Bradley University is one that fosters growth, not just growth as a student but that of a professional as well. It’s not just the professors teaching the students, it’s the professors working with the students. And I found it very beneficial to receive instruction from practicing clinicians in the area – not only physical therapists, but also nurses, pharmacists, physicians, and surgeons. Being exposed to a variety of perspectives early on has allowed me to be confident when communicating with other professionals. I have an understanding of what they view to be important in patient care.
Bradley has given me the necessary tools to succeed in all aspects of physical therapy from research to clinical to business, and has given me the confidence to make tough decisions in today’s rapidly changing health care industry.
Degree/Year: B.S.P.T., 2001
Current Employer: NovaCare, Chicago
Title: Center Manager
The atmosphere at Bradley University is ideal for students. The majority of my courses had 20-25 students per class, so there was always plenty of attention on each student. There was never an occasion when I felt a professor was too busy for me. The faculty in the physical therapy department made it especially easy to communicate, even encouraging us to address them on a first-name basis.
In particular, I have fond memories of my Orthopedics course – a classic eye-opener for an admittedly overconfident undergraduate. When the first exam dealt a humbling blow, I answered the wake-up call by committing myself to a higher standard of performance. The hard work certainly paid off.
I credit Bradley’s PT program with inspiring me to push my self academically, and I believe the faculty prepared me well to enter the workforce as a young professional capable of problem solving and adapting to any on-the-job scenario.