Students have the opportunity to participate in multiple community service projects while studying in the PT program. For example, in Human Growth and Development, students actively apply course materials to develop health, wellness, and developmental screenings for children under 4 years of age and older adults over the age of 65. In the pediatric motor evaluation, students work in small groups to evaluate preschool children for appropriate gross, fine, and oral motor development. As needed, students then develop intervention strategies for the preschool teachers and parents. In the geriatric wellness project, students develop and implement a fall-risk assessment. Local health clubs and the shopping malls serve as screening sites.
In a variety of the management courses, students work closely with faculty in screening clinics to examine, evaluate, and provide health promotion and fitness advice and referral for treatment for individuals with a variety of neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Over the past few years, individuals with athletic injuries, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, stroke, and brain injury have benefited from the clinics.
Images of the DPT class of 2007 from the Chattanooga Recreation Center, February 2006