Faculty of Medical Technology
Department of Physical Therapy
Enhancing the skills of individual students by combining thorough small-group education and world-standard facilities.
The objective of our program is to nurture clinicians with a broad knowledge of and competence in physical therapy. Our students are guided by the principle of compassion so that they can work as members of medical and health service teams. In addition, we develop their potential as experimental and clinical researchers so that they may become major contributors to move the field of physical therapy forward.
Characteristics of the curriculum
First-rate facilities for clinical training and research activities
Our motion analysis lab is equipped with a VICON motion capture system and embedded force plates, which are ready for use. The brain function analysis lab is equipped with a near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) to identify areas of the brain responsible for generating human movements. These facilities are accessible for students to get hands-on training and conduct their projects.
Implementation of thorough small-group education
- From the very beginning of the academic year, students are divided into small groups of seven. A faculty member is assigned to each group and gives advice on every aspect of their campus life.
- In practical training classes, approximately 20 students form a sub-group. Their learning experience is maximized by individualized feedback from instructors and by interaction among students.
- In the third year, small student groups are reorganized based on their interests in research activities. The same group works as a functional unit for multiple activities, including the final year project, preparation for the national licensing exam, and job hunting.
OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination)
In order to maximize the competency of students in clinical settings, we adopt the OSCE in our curriculum. Students need to establish communication with 'simulated' patients and perform necessary clinical skills in front of examiners.
Qualifications and careers
Qualifications we aim for:
Qualification to take the national examination for certified physical therapists
Upon successful completion of our program, students are eligible for the national physical therapy licensure examination. Our exam pass rate has been over 90%, which is far higher than the national average. A major portion of our graduates start their careers at various hospitals. However, in response to the explosion of the elderly population, physical therapy is required in much wider areas, including various health service facilities for the aged, such as nursing homes and daycare centers. Other areas include governmental offices, public health centers, educational facilities, such as schools for children with special needs, sport facilities, and research facilities.
Motion analysis lab
The VICON system with 11 cameras, 6 force plates and an integrated EMG system working with the latest software allows us to analyze 3 dimensional human movements.
Motor function lab
The purpose of this lab is to evaluate a wide range of functions that enable humans to move. Muscle capabilities are captured by joint torques and their electrical activities. Students can use gravicorders to record the changes in standing balance. Thermographic imaging is also available in this lab.
This lab is equipped with computerized systems, such as the pulmonary gas analyzer and the blood pressure monitor, so that we can evaluate the responses of cardiopulmonary functions of humans in motion.
Brain function lab
Near-infrared spectroscopy has an advantage over other brain function imaging systems. Since all of the probes are mounted on the head, we can monitor the changes of blood flow in the brain during the execution of motor tasks. The lab is also equipped with instruments of state-of-the-art technologies including transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), transcranial direct-current stimulation and 64ch EEG.
The facilities and equipment shared by the Department of Occupational Therapy and our department are shown in Facilities/Equipment for both the PT and OT Departments
Besides the faculty's attendance in various international conferences, we take groups of students to foreign countries so that they can view physical therapy from much wider perspectives. There are several choices in terms of destination and study focus. (See below.)
The trip is aimed at exposing our students to much advanced educational and clinical systems in the US. Students join classes at universities and communicate with staff members in clinical settings.
The Philippine Islands
In developing countries, community-based rehabilitation plays an essential role for the health and welfare of people with special needs. Students witness a significant impact of the environment on people's lifestyles and the emergence of mutual cooperation.
Physical therapy in Australia has been known for its strength in manual therapy. Students attend seminars and classes on manual therapy during their stay in Australia. They are given the opportunity to observe clinics treating patients with sports-related injuries.