For Immediate Release: May 9, 2016
Eric Cardin, SCPT Executive Director, 508-389-9912
WESTBOROUGH _ Nearly three decades ago, South County Physical Therapy, Inc. (SCPT) implemented its Clinical Student Program. The hands-on course, which is a vital part of an emerging therapist’s educational training, began with two students from the University of Connecticut, and has since swelled to accommodate undergraduates from seven colleges and universities throughout New England.
“The goal of the program is to give back and help physical therapy students through applied educational experiences that will prepare them for the field upon graduation,” said South County Physical Therapy, Inc.’s first physical therapist, and originator of the Clinical Student Program, Susi Lasewicz PT, ATC, CCCE.
The Clinical Student Program draws scholars from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Springfield College, Quinnipiac University, Sacred Heart University, Northeastern University, the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science, and the University of Connecticut, to participate in an eight to 12 week curriculum.
“UMass Lowell and South County Physical Therapy, Inc. have enjoyed a long-standing clinical relationship for over 20 years. Over this time, countless students have been mentored by SCPT’s committed clinicians. Not surprisingly, following graduation and licensure, many of these, as well as other, UML students evolve into South County Physical Therapy clinical staff. It is partnerships like these which illustrate the mutual benefit of academic – clinical partnerships,” said University of Massachusetts Lowell’s Director of Clinical Education Keith Hallbourg PT, DPT, MS.
In 2012, SCPT began its affiliation with the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science. Today, 46 of the college’s 2018 graduates will join the Clinical Student Program. Recently, the pharmacy school welcomed South County Physical Therapy, Inc. to assist in an on-site accreditation class for the college.
“MCPHS University has been working directly with South County Physical Therapy, Inc. for five years. They are supportive of our program and support part-time and full-time student placements. They provide top quality care to their patients as well as high quality clinical education to our Doctor of Physical Therapy students. We are thrilled to be working so closely with the South County Physical Therapy, Inc. team,” said Director of Clinical Education and Associate Professor at MCPHS, Janna Kucharski Howard, PT, DPT, MSM.
The Clinical Student Program allows participants to take knowledge gained in the class room and apply it to a real-world setting. Students will work alongside accredited physical therapists to help patients restore function and mobility, while reducing pain and the symptoms of chronic illness.
South County Physical Therapy, Inc. has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) since its inception. The practice upholds a strong commitment to patient healing and advancing the field of physical therapy, making it an ideal learning environment for many dedicated students.
Students who excel within the program are considered for post-graduate employment opportunities with SCPT. The practice has hired up to eight Physical Therapists who completed their clinical affiliation in one of its six locations.
“The program allows for SCPT to spot talented therapists and retain them, lending to an incredibly exceptional workforce. Each therapist at SCPT has a specialized skill set and is dedicated to serving our valuable patients,” said South County Physical Therapy, Inc.’s Executive Director Eric Cardin.
For 30 years, South County Physical Therapy, Inc. has been dedicated to providing its patients with quality, personalized rehabilitative care in an environment that is safe, comfortable and compassionate. As a privately owned company, the organization has given back to numerous charitable organizations in the communities it serves, and seeks to make a difference in promoting wellness and health awareness. The company offers six locations in Central Massachusetts that include: Auburn, Charlton, Millbury, Westborough (East Main Street and Oak Street) and Worcester. For more information, visit www.southcountypt.com.
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