The Musculoskeletal Care Clinic offers physical therapy services to the student body at California State University Fresno. Services are provided by Doctoral Physical Therapy students in both the 2nd and 5th semesters of the DPT program, under the supervision of core faculty and community clinicians. The diverse student body at CSU Fresno provides a patient population with a variety of orthopeadic issues from acute injury to sports related injury to postural and biomechanical dysfunction. Doctor of Physical Therapy students are given the opportunity to examine and evaluate patients, develop an appropriate care plan and perform interventions under the guidance of licensed practitioners.
The MSCC is housed in the Student Health and Psychological Services Center where DPT student practitioners can consult with referring health care providers, access x-ray images and refer patients to other services. A satellite MSCC operates in the North Gym, allowing for additional space and access to patients. The MSCC takes place on Monday and Wednesdays in both the morning and afternoon. DPT students, in agreement with their clinical instructors, determine the frequency that patients are treated. The goal is for each DPT student to have 4 45 minute treatment sessions per week with adequate time for documentation and consultation with their clinical instructor. This experience provides a much needed resource to the student body, but also gives DPT students hands on experience working with real live patients prior to moving into their summer clinical rotations.