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Clarkson Physical Therapy Program Receives Accreditation

Clarkson University’s Master of Physical Therapy program has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). This certifies that the program meets the APTA professional standards for quality and that graduates of the program are qualified to become licensed physical therapists.

Clarkson will graduate its first Physical Therapy class in December 2001.

“This accreditation is an endorsement of the high quality work of the Clarkson faculty and staff connected with the Physical Therapy program,” said President Denny Brown. “Physical Therapy is an important element within Clarkson’s interdisciplinary vision of science, engineering, liberal arts and business. It brings the healthcare industry to the Clarkson campus, and provides exciting new perspectives and opportunities for collaborative projects.”

Career opportunities for physical therapists are increasing. In recent years, expanded options have become available to physical therapists, such as providing consultation services to industry, establishing entrepreneurial healthcare businesses, and setting up a private practice, as well as the traditional route of working within a hospital or clinic setting.

The Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) program at Clarkson emphasizes problem-based learning, a collaborative and self-directed method of learning that involves student teams using patient case studies to explore and learn about critical health issues. Students in the MPT program continuously participate in clinical experiences during their two years of education. As students gain experience, they are placed in full-time clinical affiliations at 150 different settings across the nation, where they learn first-hand the role of a physical therapist.

A distinctive advantage of the MPT program is its location in the Center for Health Sciences in Potsdam. The MPT program works in close collaboration with Canton-Potsdam Hospital’s Physical Rehabilitation Services and several health-related businesses, all of which are located in the Center. Students benefit from these partnerships and from the close involvement in the health care community of northern New York.

The facilities in the Center for Health Sciences combine the resources of the Hospital and the University, creating a state-of-the-art patient evaluation center that includes sophisticated technology such as teleconferencing, computerized balance testing, and telemetry-based motion analysis.

Undergraduates at Clarkson can enroll in the pre-PT concentration, which allows them to complete a bachelor’s degree in almost any major – science, business, engineering, or liberal arts – and reserves a place in the graduate program.

For more information about the MPT or pre-Physical Therapy program, contact Sam Feitelberg at 315-268-3786 or

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or]

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