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Jaison Sebastian DPT’18 has spent the past school year gaining hands-on experience as a pediatric physical therapy aide at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). With three years remaining in the doctor of physical therapy program at University of the Sciences, Sebastian has already had the opportunity to interact with patients and learn from highly-skilled physical therapists at CHOP.
Some of his responsibilities include keeping therapy areas clean and well-organized, assisting patients in and out of therapy rooms, and performing necessary clerical tasks and record-keeping.
Over the next few years, Sebastian said he plans to explore other types of clinical settings, such as nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities, to help identify his niche in the field of physical therapy.
“After I graduate, I definitely would like to work in an outpatient facility and maybe even further my education to become a doctor of sports medicine,” said Sebastian, who has earned Dean’s List honors every semester since entering the program in fall 2012.
Sebastian said he is confident that his USciences education and practical experiences have prepared him for his future because his coursework has been directly correlated to the field of physical therapy.
“USciences gives students, like me, an upper-hand during our internships and clinical experiences because its curriculum is designed to challenge students from day one,” he said. “This especially prepares us for our professional years because we are already accustomed to the rigorous courses.”
Within his first year at USciences, Sebastian said he also learned other important life skills, such as time management, patience, and community service. These are skills he believes will undoubtedly benefit him as a physical therapist. Beyond his time in the classroom, Sebastian also serves as president of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at USciences and as an orientation leader for incoming first-year students and their families.