Physical therapy is the best choice among Exercise Science graduates at SUNY Fredonia

Dr. Todd Bakes (far right) demonstrates the use of equipment with students in an exercise lab.

Six new or recent graduates who have earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from New York State University in Fredonia will continue their education in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs – the most popular choice among more than a dozen Fredonites admitted to schools. by health professions across the country.

The Exercise Science program attracts many students who are interested in science but have no specific interest in medicine, but who want to work with people in health settings, according to Todd Bakes, an associate professor in biology, and are looking for a more human focus. in exercise science.

Physical therapy is usually the most common profession of choice among physics students, followed by occupational therapy and chiropractic programs, both ranked second, followed by a physician’s assistant and sports training programs. “This is a growing program,” said Dr. Bakes, with more than 50 students enrolled.

SUNY Fredonia’s exercise program, which is housed in the Department of Biology, attracts students who are interested in some kind of related health or other vocational program as an alternative to medical school, explained Backes, program coordinator. It also brings together students in the department who are transferring from other scientific majors.

These DPT-affiliated students, their year of graduation, hometown and relevant vocational school are: John Arnold, ’21, of Hamburg, High Point University, North Carolina; Sarah Corwin, ’22, Mayville, Gannon University, Pennsylvania; Ava Knapp, ’21, East Amherst, University of the Pacific, Oregon; Elise Markham, ’22, Brockton, Dimen College, Buffalo; Patrick Walsh, graduate student in biology, ’19, Jamestown, University of Vermont, Vermont; and Brittany Whitcomb, ’21, Westfield, Medaille College, Buffalo.

“There were a handful of schools where we were really good at enrolling students,” said Becks, like Damen and D’Uville. “We are now recruiting students at UB [University at Buffalo]Nazareth [College] and Gannon, all local PT programs, ”said Becks, plus additional schools across the country.

“Many students look outside, choose other schools and enter them,” Bakes said. “And for many of these students, these schools are their first choice.”

Some recently graduated physiotherapy students have taken a year off after graduation due to the coronavirus pandemic, preferring not to start their studies in a virtual learning format, Becks said. DPT programs, including clinical rotations, typically take two to three years to complete.

Students interested in physical therapy are pursuing a bachelor’s degree in exercise science to prepare for advance training, which will put them on track to enter a profession where employment is expected to increase by 21 percent between 2020 and 2030. – with about 15,600 jobs expected each year, on average, this decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Professional Outlook Handbook.

Additional Fredonia graduates enrolled in biology programs and accepted into doctoral programs in other health professions include: Alex Bogosian, ’22, Silver Creek, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, New York City; Christopher Buchanan, ’22, Fredonia, D’Uville Chiropractic Center, D’Uville College, Buffalo; Hope Catanez, ’21, Stockton, College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, Michigan; and Hannah Rubinroth, ’22, Caledonia, College of Optometry, Ohio State University, Ohio. Mr. Buchanan is also an Exercise major.

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