Rehabilitation Sciences

South College

School of Rehabilitation Sciences

Regaining the ability to walk or move without pain can be life changing. If you become a physical therapy professional, you’ll not only get to witness these moments but also help to make them a reality for your patients!

Exploring Roles in the Physical Therapy Field

Physical therapy is often an important part of preventive care, rehabilitation, and treatment for patients with chronic conditions, illnesses, or injuries. Physical therapists (PTs) help injured or ill people improve movement and manage pain. To do so, they create a healing and recovery plan for a patient, including estimating the time necessary for possible recovery.

Under the direction and supervision of physical therapists, physical therapist assistants (PTAs) treat patients through exercise, massage, gait and balance training, and other therapeutic interventions. They record patients’ progress and report the results of each treatment to the physical therapist.

Characteristics of Physical Therapy Providers
  • Offer direct patient interaction that can be very emotionally rewarding
  • Typically work in an outpatient environment or medical office but can also be in hospital environments
  • May be the primary assessment figure providing treatment and counsel in ambulatory clinics (walk-up clinics)
  • Must be strong and clear communicators who work well under pressure
  • Best suited for individuals who have high compassion along with an unquestionable desire to solve problems
  • Must be capable of interacting with patients of all ages and all walks of life in various (and sometimes difficult) circumstances
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Help Patients Heal with Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is all about helping people who are sick or injured to improve or restore their mobility and relieve pain. Learn more today about our engaging Physical Therapy courses, hands-on clinical training, and experienced, supportive faculty and staff can prepare you for this rewarding work.
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Nursing

South College

School of Nursing

With LPN, BSN, MSN, DNP, and Post-Graduate Certificate programs, South College offers quality nursing programs, knowledgeable instructors, and supportive staff to help you start and grow in your nursing knowledge and skills. Get moving on your goals by finding the right nursing program for you at South College!

Understanding the Impact of Nursing

Nursing is a challenging and fulfilling profession, where you have the chance to make a real difference in the lives of your patients. Nurses serve as a care provider, educator, and advocate for patients. They deliver collaborative, interdisciplinary care that helps healthcare teams realize better patient outcomes. Nurses have many opportunities to learn and grow within the ever-changing healthcare field and are able to choose a nursing specialty through continued education.

Specific Characteristics of Nursing Roles
  • Nurses (LPN, nursing assistant, registered nurse, nurse practitioner & DNP specialist) are key members of the healthcare team and mostly a patient’s first contact.
  • The nurse will typically be the first to assess immediate status of the patient, obtain vital signs for the physician and establish a set of key criteria or preparation for the physician so that they have the complete view.
  • Unyielding compassion, attention to detail and observation, as well as outstanding ability to multi-task are traits very common to nurses.
  • High energy and enthusiasm for problem-solving and fast-paced teamwork with other members of the healthcare team are crucial to the role.
  • The nurse practitioner is typically a deeply specialized member of the healthcare team with expertise in areas such as pediatrics, geriatrics, mental health, and other core areas.
  • The DNP (Doctor of Nurse Practitioner) has an even more specialized focus, working in areas such as anesthesiology and family practice, or even serving at the executive leadership level of a healthcare facility.

Welcome to the South College School of Nursing from Dean Dr. Tiffany Skinner

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