Clinical Education Program

Dr. Mary Thigpen, left, works with professionals like Dr. Daniel Maddox and Paige Wilson at ProTherapy in Dunwoody, Georgia, in developing sufficient locations to give doctoral students all the practical experience they can get while completing their degrees.

Dr. Mary Thigpen, left, works with professionals like Dr. Daniel Maddox and Paige Wilson at ProTherapy in Dunwoody, Georgia, in developing sufficient locations to give doctoral students all the practical experience they can get while completing their degrees.

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Vision

As stated in our program’s Vision:  “We will develop extraordinary clinical practitioners, who will serve, lead, and inspire”.  In order to achieve this we have a thriving clinical education program focused on early immersion in the clinic along with a variety of clinical settings for long term clinical placements.  There are the four main areas in which our students will be exposed to the clinic and practice:

 

Early Mobility Program at Northeast Georgia Medical Center:

Through a collaborative effort with Northeast Georgia’s largest healthcare provider, Northeast Georgia Medical Center, students will be part of an early mobility team to provide mobilization for the patients of the hospital.  This program will not only provide important hands on experience for our students, but will also be a vital service for the patients and staff.  Early clinical immersion with real patient experiences will also enhance classroom learning.  Students will be an integral part of this innovative and collaborative effort to improve the quality of life for the patients of Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

 

Faculty Practice

Brenau will have a full-time clinic on-site for students and faculty. The on-site practice will allow faculty the ability to continue their practice in their areas of expertise.  It will also allow students more hands on experience with real patients under the guidance of experienced faculty.

 

Life Enrichment and Wellness Center

The Life Enrichment and Wellness Center will be located in the Brenau Downtown Center.  The center is a community wellness cooperative with service focused on the mind, body and spirit.  This center will provide students with hands on experience with a community wellness initiative and the opportunity to work with professions not only in healthcare, but in the arts, music and other varied professions involved in community wellness.

 

Full-time clinical internships

Students will complete 30 weeks of full-time clinical internships in a variety of settings.  Settings include:  outpatient rehabilitation, inpatient rehab, acute care, and sports medicine.  We also have specialty clinical settings in pediatrics, neurobehavioral and sports medicine.

Clinical Partners: 

Do you want to become a clinical partner with us?

It is our goal that we establish a mutual relationship with clinical educators that serves both students, and your organization.   One of our major program objectives is to contribute to partnered sites in ways that can benefit the clinical practitioner.  Some of the benefits include:

  • Continuing education opportunities
  • On-site educational programs
  • Assistance with a site’s clinical education program
  • Mentorship on clinical outcomes research
  • Access to the clinical expertise of our faculty

Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a clinical partner:

[one_half]Director of Clinical Education
Mary Thigpen, PT, PhD
Department of Physical Therapy
Brenau University
mthigpen@brenau.edu
Ph. 678.971-1831[/one_half][one_half_last]Assistant Director of Clinical Education
Tracy Wright, PT, DPT
Department of Physical Therapy
Brenau University
twright5@brenau.edu
Ph. 678.971.1836[/one_half_last]

Accreditation

Effective November 12, 2014, Brenau University has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA  22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email:  accreditation@apta.org).  Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program may matriculate students in technical/professional courses and that the program is progressing toward accreditation.  Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.

Accreditation links:
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education

Department of Physical Therapy
College of Health Sciences
Contact Melissa Tavilla at 
mtavilla1@brenau.edu or (678)-971-1832

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