The Physical Therapy Department at St. Ambrose will turn 20 this fall, and a Homecoming Weekend celebration is planned around a continuing education course built for SAU graduates.
The program will take place Sept. 28 at the Center for Health Sciences Education at Genesis. It will include six hours of continuing education focused on ways that physical therapists can use outcome measures to guide patient management, said Michael Puthoff, PT, PhD, program director.
More than 500 program alumni also have been invited to a reception afterward to visit with former professors, former classmates and friends from other classes.
Tours of the Center for Health Sciences Education, which opened in 2010, will be included. "Many of our alumni have not had the opportunity to see our facilities," Puthoff said.
St. Ambrose welcomed its first cohort to what was then a Master of Physical Therapy program in 1993. In 2004, St. Ambrose graduated the first class of students with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. It was the university's second doctoral program and a sign of growth, both for St. Ambrose and the importance of physical therapy.
"As health care expands and knowledge of the importance of the rehabilitation process gets larger, the preparation that goes into training physical therapists increases," Puthoff said. "We have to make sure they are prepared for all that is expected of them."