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Physical Therapy Teaching Laboratory Practice

The Carroll University Entry-Level Doctor of Physical Therapy Teaching Laboratory Practice is dedicated to the education and training of physical therapists through service-learning experiences developed with community partners in order to promote health and wellness of all people within the communities they serve regardless of age, race, gender, or religion. Faculty and students will be caring, sensitive, and responsive to clients' needs and concerns, respecting client confidentiality at all times. The Carroll University Physical Therapy Teaching Laboratory Practice will strive to provide the highest standards of care, exhibit a futuristic vision, and empower its clients with the knowledge, skills, and capabilities to achieve and maintain optimal health status.

Consistent with the Carroll University mission to provide students with a superior learning opportunity, the Physical Therapy Program includes an innovative Teaching Laboratory Practice (TLP), a three-course sequence of hands-on education and training of student physical therapists for effective clinical practice. The courses begin during the graduate phase of the program and run simultaneously with traditional classroom courses. They emphasize active participatory learning through service-learning opportunities in the community. TLP experiences also include on-campus services such as personal training, wellness massage, and pro bono Therapeutic Abilities Clinic. The TLP courses provide clinical practice opportunities for physical therapy students while offering cost-effective health care to the community.

The Carroll University Teaching Laboratory Practice, established in 1998, integrates service-learning and hands-on clinical education opportunities for students while effectively serving community needs. Service learning combines community service with preparation and reflection to help students learn in the context of a more realistic environment that fosters a sense of caring for others, meets community needs, and cultivates civic and social responsibility. It promotes health and wellness for all people.

Service learning, as defined by the Health Professions Schools in Service to the Nation Program, is a structured learning experience that combines community service with preparation and reflection. Students participating in service learning activities are expected to provide direct community service, learn about the context in which the service is provided, and understand the connection between the service and their academic course work. Service learning experiences:

  • Are developed in collaboration with the community
  • Enhance the standard curriculum by extending learning beyond the lecture hall
  • Foster civic and social responsibility
  • Allow students to apply what they have learned to real-world situations
  • Provide time for reflection, leadership development and discussion
  • Foster a sense of caring for others
  • Identify and meet community needs and assets

We are proud to offer this unique experience to Carroll physical therapy students. We believe student learning is most effective when classroom instruction occurs simultaneously with clinical application. In addition, the Teaching Laboratory Practice provides students with numerous opportunities to develop and refine their professional behaviors while serving community needs.

The TLP courses take place two half-days each week the students are on campus during the graduate phase of the professional program. See the catalog for detailed course descriptions (PTH521, 531, 621).

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