Graduate students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Misericordia University recently presented their capstone research projects at the fourth Annual Student Research Symposium: Current Research in Physical Therapy in Insalaco Hall.
Mountain Top residents Johnna Miller and Jason Hunter were among the students who received Their Doctorate in Physical therapy.
The 61 students either received their doctorate degrees at the seventh annual Misericordia University Winter Commencement Ceremony in December or will have them awarded during the 92nd annual spring commencement ceremony in May. The student researchers presented their work before an audience of clinical instructors on subjects that focused on musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders.
The two-day symposium provided participants with specific learning objectives on 15-student research groups that addressed topics such as the effect of posture on hip abduction strength, kinesiology taping in treatment of women with post-mastectomy lymphedema, effects of exercise on treating depressive symptoms in geriatrics and more. It also included discussions on the subject matter. Each participant earned continuing education credits for completing the symposium.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Misericordia University is a 6½-year professional program in which students receive a bachelor’s degree and a doctor of physical therapy degree. Undergraduate students complete the requirements for their bachelor’s degree during their first 3½ years of study in programs like biology, business administration, health care management, psychology, sport management, and more. Students accepted into the Misericordia program as first-year students progress into the graduate program as long as they remain in good academic standing.
Misericordia also accepts transfer students into the doctoral program. Academically qualified students with a bachelor’s degree can complete the doctorate degree in three years.