Service Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities. –Carnegie Definition
The UConn DPT Program is committed to Service Learning as a critical element in educating the future of our profession and society. By engaging in service learning throughout the curriculum, students develop the tools to achieve the vision of our profession, transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience.
Current DPT Program Service Learning Designated Courses:
PT 5433. Management for the Physical Therapist
PT 5465. Public Engagement in Prevention, Health Promotion, Fitness and Wellness
PT 5466. Integrated Clinical Experience, Neuromuscular
PT 5474. Leadership and Action for Health Professionals
Migrant Farm Workers Clinic
In collaboration with medical students, pharmacy students and dental students, UConn DPT student have the opportunity to learn through service to this underserved population. Working side by side faculty members and the rest of the interprofessional care team, DPT students evaluate health conditions and take the lead in helping manage the musculoskeletal health of these individuals.
In Development: UConn Physical Therapy C.A.R.E.S.
The UConn PT C.A.R.E.S. Pro-Bono Clinic is a student-led, faculty-guided initiative of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program that will offer rehabilitation and wellness services to uninsured or underinsured community members who may not otherwise be able to receive physical therapy services. Students, working with licensed physical therapy faculty, will provide a variety of physical therapy services at the clinic site and within the community.