CUW Opens Skills Lab

Concordia University Wisconsin recently opened a new skills lab that students studying occupational therapy (OT), physical therapy (PT), and physician assistance (PA) can use to practice their patient care skills.

The lab contains 15 patient exam stations that include hi-lo tables, mounted equipment and curtains that allow for private examinations. The lab was made to feel like a real clinical environment to create an educational experience for students pursuing a career in the health professions.

Before this skills lab, students would roll exam tables into the hallway to practice on each other while a class was in session. Sarah Geboy, senior occupational therapy student, has enjoyed being able to use the lab so far.

“We use the lab to practice different exercises and treatments on our classmates. Other classes use them to actually practice on real clients in our pro-bono clinics,” Geboy said.

Although CUW was previously lacking in lab space, Concordia’s health programs are some of the most respected in the region. Last year’s graduating class scored 100 percent pass rates on national certifying exams and 100 percent placement records for OT, PT and PA programs. This is the second year in a row that PA and PT programs have passed the exam with a 100 percent success rate. CUW implementing this new lab will help future students succeed as well.

“We now have facilities that match the exceptional nature of our programs,” Bob Barnhart said, PT, MS, ScDPT, director of physical therapy program at CUW, “Our students can get out of the hallways and practice their skills in a proper learning environment.”

The School of Health Professions dedicates their time to serving the diverse health needs of individuals by providing demanding, experimental, collaborative education that prepares students for a real world experience in the health profession.

This year, CUW’s OT students are taking their skills and clinical services into the community. Concordia has partnered with Portal, Inc. in Grafton and Granville Lutheran in Milwaukee. These opportunities allow students to be involved in the community.

The School of Health Professions is based on service and experimental learning. Using hands-on learning and educational trips, CUW does everything that it can to prepare its students for a professional certification.

For more information about CUW’s School of Health Professions, visit their website by clicking here.

Written by Gabby Tolfa.

Categories: Community, Faculty and Staff, Student Life

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