PT School of the Week: Sacred Heart University

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

Big thanks to current student Alexandra Swoyer (swoyera@mail.sacredheart.edu) for nominating Sacred Heart University!

Why is your program the best?
Our program is the best because we have a problem based learning curriculum that teaches the students how to critically think on their feet and use multiple resources to find an answer. We also have a very family-like bond between all the classes that makes going to school here amazing!
What’s a strong point of your program? What’s something that makes it stand out from other programs?
There are only a few other schools that take the problem based learning approach. This has us working in small groups twice a week to break down a patient case and then teach each other all aspects such as anatomy, examination, patho, and intervention with guidance from a practicing therapist. Our program also has a strong research base where professor allow students to be active in if they choose to be.
What’s cool about your program?
What is cool about our program is that we are constantly doing community involvement in the surrounding area that we live in. Soon we will be doing our yearly event called The Movement where we collect clothes and food to give out at a community center to underprivileged community members. Our program also sends members to Guatemala every year to provide physical therapy to those in need.
What are the (approximate) stats, class sizes, # of faculty?
Each class is around 65 people with 24 faculty members. Most students are from the northeast, but we do have some that have traveled as far as from California and Alaska!
What’s the area around school like? Social scene? Recreation?
Our school is located by Bridgeport which is a city and Fairfield which is more of a college-town feel and a lot of interesting things to do. We are lucky to have mountains close by for winter sports and hiking and the beach close by for swimming and summer nights.
What’s the school’s mascot?
Pioneers!
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?
With the problem based learning curriculum and the location of this school by the two major cities of Boston and NYC, there are so many opportunities that are available to every student. Not only is it a strong academic school, but we pride ourselves on creating a family-like atmosphere that you are able to make friendships that will last the rest of your life.
Best local beer:
Anything from Two Roads Brewery in Stratford, CT!
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…
I am from right outside Boston, MA and am in my third year of the SHU DPT program. I have always been very interested in working with the neurological population, and recently had a clinical on a specialized brain injury unit and feel even more in love!
And, what made YOU specifically want to go there?
I was told to apply by an alumni that I was working with at the time and fell in love during my interview. The problem based learning curriculum really called to me and I am so happy with my choice! I have made so many great friends and future colleagues and I can’t wait to see where we all end up! The professors are very invested in you and their doors are always open if you just need to talk, vent or cry!

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