Welcome to Brenau’s

Department of Physical Therapy

We are excited that you are visiting our program and welcome you to learn more about us.  Heather Ross PhD, PT, Department Chair, and Mary Thigpen PhD, PT, Associate Professor, are both longstanding physical therapy clinicians and educators who embrace innovation. We are building a unique opportunity for those of you interested in pursuing your Doctorate of Physical Therapy.  We plan to provide you with the most up-to-date learning environment in an interdisciplinary setting.  We are focused on helping our new students become the best entry-level therapists at their highest potential, and we provide a healthy blend of didactic and practical learning throughout the curriculum.

Ultimately, your patient is your best teacher, thus we believe in the concept of a patient-centered approach to your DPT experience.

Read more about the genesis of Brenau University’s PT program in the “Turning Pro” in the Winter 2013 edition of the Brenau Window.

Vision Statement

The DPT program will develop extraordinary clinical practitioners who will serve, lead, and inspire.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Brenau Department of Physical Therapy is to challenge our students to live extraordinary lives through the implementation of our college’s motto:  Thoughtful, Intentional, Strategic.  We ready our students for success in today’s healthcare arena through the application of an experiential learning approach that integrates clinical and didactic learning. Our students will be prepared to consistently practice with integrity and competence in a variety of settings.  We will provide students with learning environments and opportunities dedicated to the student’s individual development as well as the advancement of physical therapy practice.  Our culture will engender excellence, scholarship, altruism, integrity, interdependence and a sense of purpose in each of our students.

Physical Therapy Department Goals

Program Goals

  • The program is a regional leader in training entry-level physical therapists strong in evidence-based practice and excellence in clinical practice.
  • The program prepares entry-level physical therapists for leadership roles in clinical practice and professional advocacy.
  • The program models excellence in applied knowledge to clinical practice through a curriculum that is maximally integrated with clinical education and the provision of continuing education for graduates and practicing professionals.

Faculty Goals

  • Faculty will pursue excellence in the classroom in order to contribute to curricular development, promote integrated experiential learning experiences and ingrain innovative learning experiences for the students.
  • Faculty will foster university, community and professional relations in order to demonstrate commitment to service at all levels of engagement.
  • Faculty will be engaged in at least one scholarly area each year, and will promote evidence-based practice in the classroom.
  • Faculty will model professional behaviors for the student.

Student Goals

  • Be competent, ethical physical therapists who will continue to grow professionally by their lifelong acquisition and refinement of knowledge, skills, values and professional behaviors.
  • Be scholarly and resourceful physical therapists with the capacity to routinely integrate the best evidence available into their practice.
  • Use sound clinical judgment to make optimal decisions for and with their clients.
  • Serve as principal members or leaders in interdisciplinary healthcare practice, health policy, and research.
  • Engage in efforts to provide their services to people in need locally, nationally, or globally.

Why Choose Brenau University?

The Faculty

  • Focused on the individual student.
  • Highly-respected nationally and internationally.
  • Innovative and dynamic.
  • Fully represented at the local, state and national levels in professional organizations.

Early Patient Experience

Early Mobility Program: Starting in the second semester, students begin their clinical education rotations in an inpatient setting at the local Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

Brenau Rehabilitation Practice: an outpatient clinic where students have the opportunity to shadow faculty members during client appointments, along with providing research opportunities for students and faculty.  Students have access to this clinic throughout their time at Brenau and is conveniently located within the department.

Life Enrichment and Wellness Cooperative: neighborhood outreach and wellness program where students engage with members of the community during group exercise and motor control classes starting in the 3rd semester.

Pro-Bono Clinic: a student-led clinic operating to provide PT services to low-income members of the community.  Students are able to evaluate, diagnose and treat clients free-of-charge under the supervision of faculty and community PT volunteers starting in their 5th semester.

Excellent Facilities

The DPT program is part of a $6.7 million dollar transformation of Brenau’s Downtown Center, where classes are held in the newly renovated 4,500 square foot event facility.

State-of-the-art Human Anatomy Lab located on the second floor of the Downtown Center features 10 cadaver dissection stations with modern camera and MondoPad recording and viewing options for students.

Student Outcomes

Graduation Rates: 95% graduation rate for the classes of 2018 & 2019.
National Physical Therapy Exam Pass Rate: Ultimate pass rate for our charter class of 2018 is 92%.
Employment Rate: The employment rate for respondents from our charter class of 2018 is 100%.

Accreditation and Contact Information

Accreditation

The Department of Physical Therapy at Brenau University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia  22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:  accreditation@apta.org; website:  http://www.capteonline.org.  If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 678-971-1832 or email hross@brenau.edu.

APTA Reach100 Challenge

Reach100 is a nationwide call to membership for PT and PTA students to demonstrate their commitment to American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) membership.  Brenau Department of Physical Therapy received Honorable Mention for 76% of students participating in the 2019 program.

Contact Information:

Brenau University
Ivester College of Health Sciences
Department of Physical Therapy
Brenau Downtown Center

301 Main St. SW
Gainesville, Georgia, 30501.

Contact Tiffany Wilson for more information:
twilson3@brenau.edu
Office: +1-678-971-1832
Fax:  678-971-1834

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