Alumni Spotlight: Christopher M. Carroll '14
BS, Health Science, Lock Haven University
Magee Rehabilitation Hospital
My Widener Experience
why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree in physical therapy?
I made the decision to pursue a career in physical therapy as I graduated high school. The reason physical therapy appealed to me was that it gave me the opportunity to help people while also allowing me to be a lifelong learner. It has also given me the opportunity to work alongside my clients to improve their quality of life. The skills I learned in school and while in the field have provided me with the opportunity to help people through challenging periods of their lives. After two years, I know that I made have made the right choice.
what clubs or organizations were you involved in that made a memorable impression?
The organization that made the greatest impression on me during my time at Widener University was the Chester Community Physical Therapy Clinic. The clinic gave me an opportunity to utilize my developing skills as a physical therapist to assist the underserved/uninsured residents of the Chester community. I dedicated many hours of service at the clinic, which made a lasting impact on me as a person and as a health care professional. The CCPTC is one of my greatest memories of my time as a graduate student at Widener University.
My Professional Experience
what advice would you give a prospective student considering widener's dpt program?
Physical therapy school requires great dedication, service in the community, and many hours of studying. My advice would be to commit yourself to learning the skills taught. Learn them not for the test or the practical exam, but for your career. Your level of preparation in school will improve your confidence as a professional when working with your clients. My other piece of advice would be to be open to taking as much feedback as you can from your professors and clinical instructors. In order to become a strong clinician, you must always be willing to improve and learn.
what do you like most about your current position?
Working at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital is very rewarding. I am constantly learning and improving my skills as a therapist. Here, we have the opportunity to help clients and family members through challenging circumstances. As a physical therapist at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, I am part of an excellent therapy team and function as a “course correction” for our clients and their families through very challenging times. I am proud to be a physical therapist at Magee because of the pride, commitment, and the compassion that we demonstrate on a daily basis for our clients.