Annual Prestige Speaker Event
Held every fall, the Prestige Speaker Event is one of the major highlights of our year! Nominated by the CSU DPT faculty, the Prestige Speaker is a prominent leader within the Physical Therapy profession or one that has made contributions to our profession. These speakers are national and internationally known and spend the day engaging with out DPT students and faculty in discussion and learning opportunities during the day. In the evening, they present a “Key Note Address” at our annual Prestige Speaker Event to the physical therapy community. This address is always followed by presenting current DPT students with Program Scholarship awards.
We were pleased to welcome Dr. R. Scott Ward (pictured above) as our 2018 Prestige Speaker.
In 2019, we are pleased to welcome Dr. Terry Nordstrom, PT, EdD, FAPTA, Professor of Physical Therapy and Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland. Dr. Nordstrom is a fellow for both the American Physical Therapy Association and the National Academy of Practice. If you are interested in joining us for this event, please contact Suzanne Giuffre at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Previous Prestige Speakers
The annual spring Professionalism Ceremony is one of the most notable days in a CSU DPT student's career (along with graduation)! In the spring of their second year in the program, our students are working through their fourth semester of class-based learning and are preparing for the summer and their first clinical placements. These students gather in the presence of family, friends, faculty and staff members, junior classmates and community PT colleagues to formally receive the cloak of their future profession - The White Coat. The ceremony includes a Keynote Address by field leaders, a declaration of the Model Oath for Physical Therapy, remarks from that year's Class President and most notably, the formal presentation of coats.
new student orientation AND URBAN IVY
Recently accepted students have a pair of events to help prepare them for the program and their new responsibilities. The first event, New Student Orientation is held in November and in 2018 will be transitioning from an in-person to a web-based event. Students are given critical information to prepare for joining the DPT Program.
A final refresher, tour of the facilities and meetings with various on-campus resources covering a DPT Professional Education at CSU, as well as financial aid, disability services, e-learning resources, campus safety and more is all included in Urban Ivy an event integrated into the schedule on the first day of classes.