PT Pintcast PT School of the Week: University of Scranton

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Congratulations to the University of Scranton on 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 Jessica Merino (jessica.merino@scranton.edu) for nominating the University of Scranton!

Why is your program the best?
Smaller class sizes. Dedicated faculty members. Emphasis on service and compassion. Substantial hands-on training through internships, service trips, and community based learning. Strong Scranton alumni community. Scranton’s beautiful campus and sense of community. PT Family!
What’s a strong point of your program? What’s something that makes it stand out from other programs?
Our students’ dedication to service. The University of Scranton is a Jesuit University where community based learning is an asset to our program that we value dearly. In the Scranton community, we run senior exercise programs at the local assisted living facilities, kids exercise programs at local early education schools, buddies at a soccer program for kids with special needs and have a student run PT clinic for the uninsured. At the clinic, we provide high quality care in a welcoming, respectful and compassionate environment. Extending outside the Scranton community, the program offers service trips to the Navajo nation and Guatemala!
What’s cool about your program?
In September 2015, the brand new Leahy Hall opened up. Leahy Hall is our new eight story home for undergraduate and graduate departments of exercise science, OT and PT. Leahy Hall has 25 state-of-the-art labs, nine traditional and active-learning classrooms and multiple stimulation environments. This building offers us so many opportunities. Our hospital room, rehabilitation apartment, streetscape, and hi-low tables enable us the ability to practice our skills as if we were in the clinic. Our pediatric rehab suite is an environment that challenges us to think outside of the box with the tools provided and how to make exercise fun for kids! Our program participates in interprofessional collaborations with medical, PTA, OT, PA, nursing, and students of other health professions in the area to help understand how to collaboratively work together using patient cases. Leahy Hall and The University of Scranton embodies the mission of “Embracing the Call to Care.”
What are the (approximate) stats, class sizes, # of faculty?
Each class is around 40 members and 10 faculty members. Most of our students are from NY, PA, NJ, CT. But we do have some students from D.C. and Ohio!
What’s the area around school like? Social scene? Recreation?
We are located in Scranton, PA! We are walking distance from many local bars, shops and restaurants in the town. Snowing, skiing and tubing is about a 10 minute drive from campus.
What’s the school’s mascot?
Iggy the Wolf. #GOROYALS!
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?
Our PT professors and faculty really do care about us and get to know us throughout our three years of PT school. As first year students, we are assigned a PT Faculty member who we meet with several times throughout the year. We can reach out to our faculty mentor with concerns of classes, clinical questions and just about anything. Personally, my PT mentor (shout out to Dr. Schwartz) went above and beyond and had all her mentees over for dinner to get to know us and was very welcoming at the start of my PT school experience which continued along the years. As a faculty in whole, I can say I reach out to any of our PT professors because they really do care about us.
Best local beer:
Plenty of local breweries around the area but our local happy hour and drink specials do make up for it. Can’t go wrong with $2 blue moons at Backyard Ale House for happy hour!
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…
Hi! I’m Jessica Merino and I am a 3rd year PT Student. I’m from Long Island, NY. My dream is to work in a large hospital in NYC where I can be exposed to many different rotations. I also love working with the pediatric population so I am keeping an open mind for jobs. I would love to work at a facility where I can be a challenged, a lifelong learner and grow as a PT!
And, what made YOU specifically want to go there?
As a high school senior back in 2010, I wanted to swim in college and also find a school that had a physical therapy program. I was on the fence when I visited Scranton on a snowy day in January but returned for Accepted Students Day in April that year. It was a bright sunny day in Scranton and I just felt like I could see myself being a student here. I am SO happy with my decision to come to Scranton as an undergrad and continue my graduate education here. Scranton has a sense of community that you won’t find anywhere else. You can’t walk through campus without seeing a friendly face of someone you know. I am thankful for the education and the life lessons I have learned throughout my time at Scranton. I would not be the same person if it wasn’t for Scranton!

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