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Pro-Bono Clinics

Sacramento State's Doctor of Physical Therapy Program offers four Pro-Bono clinics, a pediatric treadmill training experience, and simulation labs. All clinics, experiences, and labs are run by students under the direct supervision of licensed faculty.

Each clinic is part of the laboratory component of a patient care course. Participants in the clinic are volunteers from the community who come to campus for free physical therapy care delivered by a student under the supervision of a licensed faculty member.


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Adult Neurologic Clinic

This clinic is part of a two-semester adult neurorehabilitation course sequence and runs for one hour, once a week for eight weeks.

Volunteers from the community with movement problems due to neurologic damage bring themselves to campus, agree to one home visit, and commit to attending all 8 visits.

Students perform an initial evaluation and a home evaluation, provide treatment and design a home exercise program. Research results demonstrate that participation in this pro-bono clinic improves clinical self-efficacy of physical therapy students.

For additional information about this clinic, contact Dr. Mattern-Baxter at (916) 278-5766.

Orthopedic Clinic

This clinic is part of a three-semester orthopedic course sequence and is open to community members as well as Sacramento State students, faculty, and staff, during the fall and spring semesters. Conditions treated include acute and chronic joint and spine pain and injuries, and post-surgical orthopedic care.

Appointments are from 11 a.m. to noon or noon to 1 p.m. on Fridays during the fall semester. Patients are generally seen for four sessions, including a complete examination, hands-on and exercise treatment and a home exercise prescription.

For additional information or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Bill Garcia or (916) 278-5567.

Amputee Clinic

This clinic is part of a course centered on rehabilitation of individuals that have had a limb loss. It is open to community members within and beyond Sacramento State, and runs one day a week, for 4 weeks, during the fall semester. Part of what makes this clinic unique is the “one stop care” delivered by more than 60 student clinicians - including physical therapy, social work, nursing, speech language pathology, prosthetics, physicians, and recreation therapy - mentored by their respective faculty. This allows learning on all sides, with the outcome being optimal care in a real-world environment.

For additional information about this clinic, contact Dr. MacLeod at (916) 278-5445.

Pediatric Clinic

This clinic runs for 5 weeks during the fall semester. Parents bring their children with neurodevelopmental problems to Easter Seals Sacramento as pediatric volunteers. Third-year students perform an initial evaluation, provide treatment and design a home exercise program for the family.

For additional information about this clinic, contact Dr. Mattern-Baxter at (916) 278-5766.

STEPS Clinic

Simulation Labs

The Simulation Learning Center [SLC] has multiple labs where students practice clinical skills while working with patient simulators [robotic mannequins] in acute and intensive care settings.

The SLC has adult and pediatric patient simulators, as well as a birthing mother.  Labs are designed to physically replicate the appearance of a hospital patient room complete with a hospital bed, patient monitor and all of the appropriate lines & tubes on the patient simulator.

The high-fidelity of the physical design and patient simulators authentically replicate the clinical experience of working in a hospital for the student without compromising patient safety.

Working together, physical therapy and nursing students gain invaluable experience responding to simulators exhibiting unexpected and adverse events during treatment.

Research results demonstrate that physical therapy students have increased confidence and willingness to work in acute care and intensive care units following these simulation labs.

Supported Treadmill Exercise Program Sacramento State / Easter Seals

STEPS is a group-based program for young children with developmental delay that is run free of charge at Sacramento State’s Folsom Hall.

STEPS is run by faculty and DPT students, and is a collaboration between Sacramento State and Easter Seals, Sacramento. Children with a variety of diagnoses who show signs of walking readiness are referred to STEPS by their treating physical therapist. In STEPS, children walk on mini-treadmills with the help of their families and STEPS personnel. STEPS runs for 14 weeks twice weekly in the fall and spring semesters.

For additional information about this clinic, contact Dr. Mattern-Baxter at (916) 278-5766.