Physical Therapy Community Participant Lab

What are the PT Community Participant Labs?

  • Educational experiences for our Doctor of Physical Therapy students, integrated into a patient/client management lab course
  • An opportunity for individuals with a diagnosed neurologic condition or a symptomatic musculoskeletal condition to contribute to our students' education
  • A service for the East Bay community, focused on providing mutual benefit for our students and the community members who participate.  Community members may experience decreased symptoms, improved mobility and function, and fitness and wellness advice

About the Program

4-6 Visits Total

  • 1st visit: Examination
  • Subsequent visits: Treatment
  • Final visit: Finalization of home program, recommendations for community resources, and discharge

Services Offered

  • Sessions provided by DPT students, supervised by faculty
  • Exercise, including home program and recommendations for community-based classes and programs
  • Task practice/functional training
  • Support in making health behavior changes for a healthier lifestyle
  • Specialized services such as vestibular rehabilitation

To Be Eligible You Must

  • Have a documented neurologic condition (such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, brain injury)
  • Commit to attending all scheduled sessions
  • Understand that we accept participants on a first-come, first-served basis, according to the educational needs of our students     

To request enrollment, please contact:

Jason Hardage, PT, DPT, DScPT, Associate Professor
Samuel Merritt University, Peralta Pavilion 3724
450 30th St., Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 879-9200 ext 7343

Check out the SMU DPT Program's Flickr photostream for more photos of SMU DPT students and faculty working in the PT Community Participant Lab!

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