Denise Wise Ph.D., P.T.
What is your field of expertise, and what makes you interested in this field?
In physical therapy, I've focused my teaching and studies on ethics. My PhD is in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis in ethics. As a result of my interest, I was invited to join a group of physical and occupational therapists whose goal is to infuse rehabilitation ethics as an option to traditional biomedical ethics typically taught and employed in health careers.
Can you briefly introduce the academic program (or department) you are in to our prospective students?
I'm the chair of the physical therapy department and oversee its two programs: Entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program and the transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program, which is a program for currently licensed and practicing physical therapists whose entry-level degree was either a bachelor's or master's degree. The entry-level DPT is a post-baccalaureate model of education; a bachelor's degree is required prior to entering the program. It is an on-campus full time day program that is 33continuous months. Our graduation rate is 98%, licensure examination pass rate is 98%, and employment rate is 100% after passing the licensure examination (3 year averages). We educate students for the profession, with special consideration for rural communities. The program is focused on the attainment of entry-level skills in physical therapy evaluation, examination, diagnosis, plan of care development, treatment provision, leadership, administration, direction and supervision, and professionalism. The values of our Benedictine Heritage are an integral component of our program, instilling a professional perspective on Love of Learning, Community, Hospitality, Repect, and Stewardship.
What distinguishes St. Scholastica/your program from other good colleges and universities?
The faculty! We have three board certified specialists who teach in their areas of expertise: Geriatrics, Pediatrics, and Orthopedics. The faculty also remain active working in the clinic so we are able to bring contemporary and current practice issues into our classes. We love what we do! Also, we have a student run clinic with the Lake Superior Physical Therapist Assistant Program where students in both programs get to treat patients, work together, and learn about direction and supervision.
What do you like best about St. Scholastica?
The people - staff, faculty, students; the setting; its reputation.
What's your most interesting teaching or research experience at St. Scholastica?
That there is always more to learn. Every class session I learn something from the students. It's an enriching experience and one that keeps me invigorated and wanting to stay.
What's your advice for prospective students?
There are many colleges and universities and physical therapy programs. Make a choice that is best suited for you. If you like to laugh and learn and do them together, we're a good fit with you. But, we also take it seriously too! Physical therapy is a great profession, CSS is a great school. We enjoy a solid reputation. If want to become a well-rounded individual and professional, the CSS physical therapy program will help you reach this goal!