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Doctor of Physical Therapy

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The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Clarkson University is a 101 credit, full time, post baccalaureate curriculum that takes 2 and 2/3 years to complete.  The program uses a problem based learning curricular model, which uniquely prepares students to become lifelong learners and expert clinicians using an integrated case based approach to learning.  Students participate in 4 full time clinical affiliations in addition to hands on clinical experiences interwoven throughout the didactic portion of the curriculum.

The Department of Physical Therapy has state of the art technologies for clinical practice and research. 

Faculty in the department bring decades of clinical experience and scholarly vision to the classroom. Because classes are small and problem-based, students work closely with faculty members, which promotes professional growth and success.

Department Philosophy and Mission
We believe physical therapy is the application of the science of human movement to help people maintain and enhance their activity level and their participation in social activities.  We believe physical therapy helps people to live fuller and richer lives.   The mission of the department is:

  • For graduates to be entry level physical therapists who emulate the core values of the profession in their physical therapy practice; and
  • For faculty, graduates and students to contribute to the profession, community and society, through education, scholarship, service and practice

Learn more about our problem based learning approach, facilities, curriculum, faculty, admissions process, student outcomes, and the physical therapy profession.

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Professor George Fulk
Prof. George Fulk

Prof. George Fulk was the recipient of the New York Physical Therapy Association 2010 Robert Salant Award in the area of clinical research. He was honored for his platform presentation titled "Identifying different functional postures in people with stroke using pressure and acceleration data from a shoe based sensor." The abstract will be published in Empire State Physical Therapy.

Prof. Fulk was also named the 2010 Distinguished Alumnus from Nova Southeastern University College of Allied Health and Nursing. His primary area of expertise is physical therapy management of patients with neurological disorders. He has published research and given many presentations related to physical therapy management of patients with neurological disorders particularly stroke.