The DPT Program is located in the new Science and Allied Health building on the main campus. This building is on the East Campus, just north of the campus walkway via an underpass, that links the east and west sides of campus.
This building, estimated to cost $33 million, established a home for the DPT Program as well as the School of Science’s existing programs in Physician Assistant, Athletic Training, and Medical Technology. In addition, the building contains all laboratories for our department of Biology.
The building has approximately 58,000 square feet with four floors of which the DPT program occupies over 8,200 square feet. The key elements of the DPT program space are a gross anatomy laboratory, a PT skills laboratory, a research laboratory and a technologically advanced clinical simulation suite with a twin trauma bay and five traditional exam rooms. The assigned space also contains classrooms, faculty and support offices, a student lounge, and a conference room with the remaining space allocated for study areas.
The simulation suite incorporates the use of both standardized patients and high-tech manikins. Students use the lab for basic instruction and patient interaction, history taking and physical therapy exam skills, diagnosis and documentation. Technology supports student learning by digitally capturing data, both voice and video. Students have access to this data when appropriate for self-evaluation. Faculty are able to access this data to assist in both formative and summative evaluations of the student.