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Community Engagement

Community involvement is an integral component of the Physical Therapy Department's mission of preparing clinicians to practice in today's complex healthcare environment. The department has community-based outreach relationships with many organizations in the region to facilitate rehabilitation and solutions to prevention and wellness issues in the community. Additionally, the department is committed to providing community access to educational programs that promote clinical expertise among practicing clinicians in the region and the nation.

Department-sponsored yearly events include:

Professional Organizations

The Physical Therapy Department has been, and/or is currently, involved with the following local organizations:

  • Anne Sulllivan Center
  • Chelmsford Senior Center
  • D'Youville Rehabilitation
  • Elder Services of Merrimack Valley, Lawrence
  • Emerson Hospital, Westford
  • HEAD Start Program, Lowell
  • Ironstone Farm
  • Life Links
  • Littleton Council on Aging
  • Lowell Community Health Center
  • Lowell Council on Aging
  • Northeast Rehab
  • UMass Lowell Human Resources Department
  • UMass Lowell Demonstration School
  • UMass Lowell Recreation Center
  • Winchester Hospital/Orthopaedics Plus, Woburn

Service Learning

Service Learning in Physical Therapy is a new capstone course in the Doctoral Physical Therapy Program. This seven-week course will include relevant and meaningful service in the community with specific academic learning objectives. The students will use experiential learning to complement and enrich classroom and traditional pedagogies. Students will have opportunities to learn about particular populations and social issues in the community. This course will provide the students with an opportunity to design and implement educational and training programs in an effort to meet the needs in the populations that they are serving in the community. Students will learn about working collaboratively with others from different cultures and other diverse populations. Students will strengthen listening and communication skills that are essential to a practicing physical therapist.