PT Pintcast PT School of the Week: Franklin Pierce University

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Congratulations to Franklin Pierce University on being selected as the PT Pintcast PT School of the week. If you would like to nominate your program, fill out the form here.

Big thanks to current student Colin Widhu ([email protected]for nominating Franklin Pierce University!

Name of Program
Franklin Pierce University
Why is your program the best?
The core faculty are all specialists in their area from Joshua Cleland teaching the musculoskeletal courses, to others who are pediatric clinical specialist all the way to the clinical education directors having a wide expertise rooted in physical therapy education and practice. The faculty want the students to succeed just as much as the students as they are willing to put in extra time and resources to make it happen.
What’s a strong point of your program? What’s something that makes it stand out from other programs?
FPU introduces concepts I have heard lacking from other programs such as introduction to motivational interviewing, 2 semesters of health promotion and wellness, and a heavy focus on manual therapy + exercise with the management of MSK conditions taught by one of the leading researchers in the area.
What’s cool about your program?
The new(er) campus located in Manchester, NH is in a renovated mill building along the Merrimack River with original brick insides, exposed beams, and modern physical therapy amenities to meet the students needs. Our program also has students involved with part-time or full time clinical rotations from the 3rd term until completion giving students an ever changing perspective of the breadth and depth of the progression.
What are the (approximate) stats, class sizes, # of faculty?
55 students/class
9-10 full time professors, 2-5 lab assistant per lab course
What’s the area around school like? Social scene? Recreation?
Elm St located less than a 1/4 mile from campus is home to a large variety of restaraunts and pubs. There is a civic center where concerts are held as well as a MHL affiliate team call home. A MLB affiliate also call Manchester, NH home. Manchester has many parks where students will gather to play frisbee, soccer, and class gatherings with the incoming students for the year. There are several Recreational sport leagues in the area including soccer, floor hockey, and volleyball.
What’s the school’s mascot?
Rocky the Raven II
If you had a PT student who was on the fence about coming to your program, whats one thing you would point out to let them know why coming there would be a good choice?
I truly believe FPU gives each student the environment and information they need to enter the PT field from outpatient to inpatient and beyond. Professors encourage students to seek alternative viewpoints and bring them into class for discussion and facilitate lectures designed to increase clinical reasoning. That’s what you need to learn in school.
Best local beer:
Able Ebenezer “Burn the Ships” IPA
Freestyle: Tell us anything else the PT world should know about your program.
It’s the best kept secret in PR education. Joshua Cleland teaching and cultivating research in sleepy little New Hampshire is absolutely incredible.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Where you’re from, year in school, what setting you want to practice in and anything else you want to add…
Born and raised in NH. I’m a non-traditional student (30 y.o) coming into PT school from my previous career as a massage therapist. I’d like to practice in Home Health and am inspired by the Senior Rehab Project and Dustin Jones.
And, what made YOU specifically want to go there?
Location alone. I knew nothing about the program except that it was the only PT school in NH at the time and I have a family I couldn’t uproot for school. It just so happened to work out better than I ever imagined.

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