The physical therapy program is located in The O'Donnell Commons, a new 40,000+ square-foot facility hosting the schools of health and education. Along with P.T., the Commons is home to the Nursing, Education, and Occupational Therapy programs. There are six major laboratories/classrooms used by Physical Therapy majors; these are the Therapeutic Skills Lab, Dahl Gross Anatomy Lab, Physical Agents Lab, Physical Therapy Research Lab, Computer Lab (located in the Swan Center), and the Kenduskeag Institute's Human Performance Lab.
The Therapeutic Skills Lab is used by Physical Therapy students for practicing
clinically important manual skills. It contains over 20 motorized and fully
adjustable plinths that allow for the demonstration and practice of musculoskeletal
and neuromuscular evaluation and treatment techniques. The lab also contains
all the equipment that is typically found in Physical Therapy clinics such
as pulley systems, free-weights, wheelchairs, mats, gym balls etc. As with
all Physical Therapy labs at Husson, the Therapeutic Skills Lab is open for
student use 24 hours a day.
The Physical Agents Lab contains numerous modalities for use by the Physical Therapy students including electrical stimulation, TENS, ultrasound, paraffin, short-wave diathermy, infrared radiation, and hydrocollator packs.
Husson's Dahl Gross Anatomy Laboratory is a state-of-the-art purpose-built
facility designed for Physical Therapy student use. The lab is housed within
the department, allowing PT students access to the lab for studying 24 hours
a day, 7 days a week. All necessary instruments and supplies, including lab
coats, are provided to the students. While in the professional phase of the
program PT students have the rare opportunity to take two dissection courses.
The first course allows the students to perform a complete dissection that
emphasizes musculoskeletal, neural and vascular anatomy. Unique to Husson's
program, after completing all clinical affiliations, and just prior to graduating,
Husson students again take an anatomy dissection course that allows them to
review prosected cadavers and then perform detailed and in depth dissections
of regions of special interest. In this way, graduates of Husson leave with
an extremely strong background in one of the most important areas of knowledge
for clinical practice.
The Physical Therapy Research Lab contains sophisticated equipment that is
dedicated for faculty and student research. This equipment includes; a Biodex
3 system used for measuring force production under isokinetic and isometric
conditions, an upper and lower body ergometer, and computerized cardiovascular
equipment for the analysis of EKGs, oxygen uptake and ventilatory measures.
Students and faculty members use this lab extensively as they conduct research
aimed at contributing to the body of knowledge in the Physical Therapy profession.
The Kenduskeag Institute, located in the Swan Center adjacent to Newman Gym,
houses the Human Performance Labs. This lab contains sophisticated equipment
capable of precisely measuring many aspects of performance in both clinical
and athletic populations. The lab is affiliated with the Physical Therapy program
and is available for student and faculty research and for lab-based classes.
Equipment within the lab includes:
Produces the very slow speeds necessary to allow gait in neurological involved
Enables treadmill and overground gait in patients unable to support their
Allows the electrical activity from ten muscles to be recorded simultaneously.
The Human Performance lab also contains various force transducers, electrogoniometers
and a research quality bicycle ergometer.
Three-dimensional computerized video analysis system (Peak performance Technologies).
Permits 3D kinematic analysis of movements in clinical and athletic populations.
Using breath by breath gas analysis, researchers can determine parameters
of cardiopulmonary metabolic functioning.