The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program has relationships with more than 140 clinical facilities that serve as sites for clinical education placements. These sites span the scope of physical therapy practice settings including pediatrics through geriatrics; inpatient acute, subacute, skilled nursing, rehabilitation and extended care; outpatient orthopedics, private practices, women’s health, aquatics, neuro day care, schools and sports medicine; as well as home health care.
The locations of these sites range from the Greater Cleveland metropolitan area throughout Ohio and into several states across the US. The numbers and percentages of affiliated clinical education sites in each of these areas is as follows (September 2010):
|Location||# of Sites||% of Sites|
|Greater Cleveland (including Akron/Canton)||77||55%|
|Throughout Ohio (including Warren/Youngstown, Toledo, Columbus, Dayton & Cincinnati areas)||45||32%|
|Across US (including AZ, CA, FL, IL, IN, KY, MI, NC, NY, PA, TX12)||19||13%|
The Free Clinic of Greater Cleveland & The Cleveland Care Alliance
In spring 2003, the CSU PT Program established a relationship with the Free Clinic of Greater Cleveland’s pro bono physical therapy practice. Five years later, in fall 2008, the Program developed a partnership with the Cleveland Care Alliance, implementing a physical therapy pro bono service for their patients. At both sites, student physical therapists participate in physical therapy service delivery throughout their first and second years of the professional education program. They are supervised by community based physical therapists, who donate their time to provide PT services at the Free Clinic and Care Alliance, in addition to maintaining full time employment at various other facilities throughout the Cleveland area. The collaboration between the two community PT practices and the CSU DPT Program is managed by Karen O’Loughlin, PT, DPT, MA for CSU and Scott Euype, PT, DPT, MS for the community-based PTs.
Since its founding in 1970, The Free Clinic has grown from a small clinic based in a rented house to one occupying a 34,000 square foot building with 56 employees and over 350 active volunteers. Free Clinic services are categorized into 7 areas: Medical (including physical therapy), HIV/Aids, Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Dental, Case Management, and Community Education services. The clinic serves patients who do not have health insurance or are underinsured and all services are provided free of charge. For more information about the Free Clinic, visit the web site at www.thefreeclinic.org.
Established in 1993, the Cleveland Care Alliance (formerly known as Cleveland Health Care for the Homeless) was founded as one of the nation’s first Health Care for the Homeless projects. It has since developed into a non-profit community health center, serving more than 3,500 patients each year. The mission of the center is to provide high quality care to those who need them the most, regardless of their ability to pay. The staff consists of both volunteers and a paid professional staff, who offer a number of different services including primary health care (including physical therapy), chemical dependency/behavioral health screenings and short-term counseling, HIV and AIDS counseling and treatment, immunizations, dental care, and a diabetes program, among others. More information about the Care Alliance can be found at www.carealliance.org/.
Cleveland State University Physical Therapy faculty consult and collaborate in research with many area facilities and organizations including the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, United Cerebral Palsy, Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation, Rehab Network, the Free Clinic of Greater Cleveland, Northeast Ohio Arthritis Foundation, NASA Lewis Glenn Research Center, Neurology Specialty Counsel of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, and American Physical Therapy Cultural Competence Committee. Faculty members also serve on editorial and review boards for Physiotherapy Canada, Archives of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, and the Medical Science Monitor.