The understanding and interpretation of research that affects the way in which a physical therapist practices has a high priority at Arcadia University.
From the very start of the curriculum, students read and analyze research articles relating to the topics discussed in the examination, intervention, behavioral and biomedical sciences courses. As each article is discussed, the particular research design, statistical analysis and measurement concepts in the article become the learning objectives for the class. By the end of the first year, students are offered an opportunity to participate in research that is currently being carried out by full-time faculty or selected clinicians within easy reach of Arcadia University. Participation in research activity is not a required activity for all students; however, approximately half of the students elect to do this guided activity during their second and third years of the program.