State-of-the-art Facilities and Technology

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Arcadia's Physical Therapy Department facilities include the Health Sciences Center, a state-of-the-art facility located next door to Grey Towers Castle. The Center consists of modern teaching labs, seminar rooms, research labs, student lounge, faculty/staff offices and a clinical practice operated by the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Lectures are held throughout the campus. Classrooms utilize state-of-the-art technology including computer projection and wireless internet/network connections for students with laptop computers. The DPT curriculum includes a variety of patient simulation experiences using standardized patients or state of the art human simulators, and partners with the Penn Medicine Simulation Center to provide these opportunities.

The Physical Therapy Department research laboratories include muscle performance testing systems, computer-driven gait analysis mats, an exercise capacity testing system, balance testing system, a three-dimensional computerized motion analysis system and electromyographic (EMG) equipment.

Physical therapy students will have hands-on experiences and will be required to demonstrate competence with the same treatment tools that they will use as practicing physical therapists:

  • Electrical stimulation units
  • Ultrasound equipment
  • Lumbar/cervical traction devices
  • Electromyographic (EMG) equipment
  • EMG biofeedback
  • Exercise equipment

In addition, students will learn in the Physical Therapy Department research laboratories using state-of-the-art equipment such as muscle performance testing systems, computer-driven gait analysis mats, an exercise capacity testing system, a balance testing system, three-dimensional computerized motion analysis systems, an isokinetic dynamometer (KinCom), and a BTE Primus-RS multifunction dynamometer with Sports Attachments.

Additionally, students will learn to effectively use electronic resources for problem-solving and information-gathering.


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