Physical Therapy Doctoral Degree Program at UNM

Physical Therapy Doctoral Degree Program at UNM

>>[intro] [pause] [pause] [pause]>>BETH JONES: It’s certainly novel for
us. We have never done it this way before. In the past they had anatomy in the summer.
And then they would start the evaluation procedures with orthopedics in the fall. And my colleague
Ron Andrews would say that he’d get to the point of teaching the hand, and they hadn’t
seen anything about the anatomy of the hand in six months. [pause]>>RON ANDREWS: And the theory was that it’s
a little more efficient and maybe more reinforcement as we went through it where we’re not repeating
content to kind of catch things up or address pre-load information for a given area. We’re
kind of doing it all at once. So I think it’s a little more efficient theoretically. It
makes sense to kind of address all those things at once. [pause]>>BETH JONES: The thing about evaluation,
you have to be able to know your anatomy. Well hopefully they’ve got a foundation
that then they can build upon in the evaluation versus relearning it all over again a few
If I pull and it really feels rock solid, I mean, it doesn’t come forward…>>ERYN PAETZ: Just having anatomy with ortho
and other classes you see things over and over again and you really get it in your head
and you can connect things. It’s not just broken up and you have to go back and remember,
OK, why am I doing this? [pause] [pause]>>BETH JONES: We were losing some of the best
New Mexico students to other programs across the country because they offered a doctorate
and we did not. So we knew to be competitive and to keep our students in state, we needed
to make that transition.>>ERYN PAETZ [NATURAL SOUND]: This is loose.
It’s a big-time difference.>>JENNY SMITH: Part of physical therapy is
trying to move more toward direct access for physical therapists, so in order to allow
that we need to have a lot more of the differential diagnosis and imaging. We need to know what
else can go wrong with the body, not just muscular skeletal stuff. So that’s a lot
of what I think the doctorate curriculum incorporates.>>RON ANDREWS: The intent ultimately was to
provide a little bit more complete practitioner if you will, perhaps someone who was able
to screen and be an entry point in the medical field, especially for someone with muscular
skeletal problems. And so, in order to keep up a high applicant pool and to keep the quality
of our graduates up, we needed to make that switch as well. The intent is really to have
a little broader practitioner and a little more skilled person coming out. [end]

5 Replies to “Physical Therapy Doctoral Degree Program at UNM”

  1. I'm from Saudi Arabia studying physical therapy at level 6
    I want some books to help me in my specialty because I love it so much.
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