Physical Therapy Clinic

The University of North Georgia Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is partnering with Community Helping Place (CHP), Good Shepherd (GS), and Georgia Mountain Health (GMH) to offer pro bono physical therapy services (Student-led Therapy And Rehab clinic known as the STAR clinic) to qualified residents of Lumpkin County and surrounding areas. Patients will be referred to the clinic by providers working at CHP, GS, and GMS. These patients will be screened by these other clinics as having met the eligibility criteria set forth by the GA dept. of Public Health. Patients will then be seen by a team of three students along with a licensed clinician (PT) from a pool of faculty and area clinical partners. All care will require direct supervision of the licensee as is consistent with GA board of PT, APTA, and UNG’s clinical handbook for student experiences.The idea for the clinic was born when they paired that need with the desire for students to gain more hands-on experience to supplement their academic curriculum. The faculty advisors of the clinic, who are all licensed physical therapists, can oversee a maximum of three students at one time, allowing for a close-knit, hands-on environment that will help the students take their learning to the next level. The clinic involves DPT students of all levels, and the arrangement allows for patients to receive high-quality care free of cost, and provides students the opportunity to practice clinical skills and patient relations in a controlled setting. The STAR clinic supports our UNG Mission statement of serving the rural and underserved population. It also gives our students hands-on experience and fosters mentorship/teamwork among our DPT students in the same and different classes.