Graduate students in the Misericordia University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program recently presented their capstone research projects at the sixth annual Student Research Symposium: Current Research in Physical Therapy in Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall.
The 44 student researchers presented their work before an audience of clinical instructors on subjects that focused on musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders, and participated in discussions on their subject matter. The two-day symposium provided participants with specific learning objectives on 12-student research groups that addressed topics such as hippotherapy, medical cannabis, osteoarthritis, posture, trunk strength and more. Participants earned continuing education credits for completing the symposium.
The student research team, from left, of Matthew Norcini, Levittown, N.Y.; Patrick Kellish, Clark, N.J.; Devin Crevani, Milford, N.J.; William Dunne, Skippack, Pa.; Christopher Edkins, Dallas, Pa., and Matthew Morris, Cinnaminson, N.J., presented, "The Physiology Behind and Efficacy of Blood Flow Restriction Training as Part of Knee Pathologies,'' as their capstone project. Associate Professor Kelley Moran, P.T., D.P.T., Ed.D., served as faculty mentor.
The students have also been accepted to present their findings in March at the 14th annual International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine World Congress Conference in Orlando, Florida.
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 the first 3½ years of study in academic programs such as biology, business administration, health care management, psychology, sport management, and more. Students accepted into the program as first-year students advance 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.