Overview of Daemen College

Fred Pordum and Ken Krug looking at a monitorDaemen College is a private, comprehensive, nonsectarian college that enrolls over 3000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Established originally as Rosary Hill in 1947, Daemen College is founded on the principle that education should elevate human dignity and foster civic responsibility and compassion. Daemen is regarded for its exceptional health professional programs: Health Care Studies; Athletic Training; Nursing; Physician Assistant Studies; and Physical Therapy.

Physical Therapy at Daemen College

The Physical Therapy Department at Daemen has maintained continuous accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education since its inception in 1974. In addition, Daemen College was the first small liberal arts college in New York State to offer the Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree. In Fall 2011, The Physical Therapy Department enrolled over 400 students across all six years of the program. Daemen physical therapists contribute to the Western New York region as practitioners; we have 2154 physical therapy alumni listed in our database; 24% (514) reside in Western New York.

History

In 1998, Daemen College established its Natural & Health Science Research Center to provide hands-on research opportunities for students and to contribute to our community and science with the results of this research. In 2005, Daemen College formally established the Center for Wound Healing Research. In September 2012, Daemen College opened a Wound Care Center that utilizes Physical Therapy based interventions to promote wound healing. Daemen College has established collaborative relationships with international universities including Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, to expand our understanding of chronic wounds. Daemen College has received over $3.8 million dollars from industry, government, and private foundations to support chronic wound healing research.

Daemen Wound Care Research and Education-International Collaborations

In August of 2004, The Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) in the U.S. Department of Education awarded a competitive grant of $214,596 to Daemen for Biotechnology in Healthcare. Six higher education institutions from The United States and the European Union implemented a consortium to educate students in aspects of biotechnology related to healthcare, specifically wound care research. The colleges were Daemen College, Pitzer College, New College of Florida, Athlone Institute of Technology (Athlone, Ireland), Umwelt-Campus Birkenfeld, University of Trier (Birkenfeld, Germany), and Central Ostrobothnia Polytechnic (Kokkola, Finland).

In August of 2004, The Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) in the U.S. Department of Education awarded a competitive grant of $214,596 to Daemen for Biotechnology in Healthcare. Six higher education institutions from The United States and the European Union implemented a consortium to educate students in aspects of biotechnology related to healthcare, specifically wound care research. The colleges were Daemen College, Pitzer College, New College of Florida, Athlone Institute of Technology (Athlone, Ireland), Umwelt-Campus Birkenfeld, University of Trier (Birkenfeld, Germany), and Central Ostrobothnia Polytechnic (Kokkola, Finland).

In October of 2006, Daemen entered into a collaboration with Beijing University of Chinese Medicine (BUCM). As part of the collaboration, Michael Brogan and Laura Edsberg were invited to teach at BUCM. Their course covered topics ranging from the biochemical nature of wound healing to the most contemporary, evidence-based treatment techniques associated with various types of chronic wounds. During their teaching experience, both professors worked with over 70 students, faculty members, and several Doctors of Chinese Medicine. This collaboration continues, with student and faculty exchanges.

In 2008, Daemen's research team was awarded $211,154 from The Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation. This collaborative research project, Role of Bioelectrical and Biochemical Fields in Chronic Non-Healing Wounds of People with Spinal Cord Injury

The Daemen College Physical Therapy Wound Care Center

With funding provided by the John R. Oishei Foundation to conduct research to evaluate costs and outcomes of physical therapy interventions for wound care, the center commenced operation in September 2012.

The clinic is dedicated to providing the highest level of Physical Therapy intervention specific to wound care. Our clinicians are Doctors of Physical Therapy and most have obtained advanced wound care education earning them the designation of Certified Wound Care Specialists. A certified Wound Care Specialist has obtained the recognition of master level knowledge in the practice of wound management. The certification is an indication of the healing of chronic wounds. Read more about a CWS certification.

Chronic wounds are very common; however, each wound is inherently unique and requires the experience of a collaborative team of wound care experts. Our clinic prides itself in our abilities to collaborate between health care professionals to work together with the same goal of properly healing our patients as soon as possible so that they can get back to their everyday lives.

Our objective is to work in collaboration with other members of our patients health care team including:

  • Primary Care Physician
  • Physician Specialists
  • Podiatrist
  • Dietician
  • Others

Following the evaluation at the clinic we will share our findings and any recommendations that we may have with your other health care providers to allow for cohesive efforts to our patients health.

Wound Care Academy

Daemen is also undergoing plans to establish a Wound Care Academy. Daemen faculty offer internationally-sought expertise; our wound symposiums have attracted 200+ professionals. As an integrated component of the Physical Therapy Wound Care Center, the Academy will offer the region's first NYS registered certificate in wound care as well as continuing education, triennial wound care symposium, and clinical rotations. The Academy will host national and international experts to educate pre-professionals and practitioners including physicians, surgeons, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, dieticians, and physician assistants in best wound care practices. Daemen faculty have authored numerous peer-reviewed articles on wounds, presented nationally and internationally, and received $3.8 million+ for wound research. Dr. Brogan, Daemen's Academic VP, is a Diplomat of the American Board of Wound Management. The Academy will train current and future health care practitioners in collaborative wound care diagnosis and treatment, improving patient outcomes. Over three years, Daemen will train 400+ pre-professionals and 800+ practitioners. The Academy will be sustained through tuition revenue and conference sponsorships. It will elevate WNY as a destination for wound care education, research, and practice.

World of Opportunity Wizard

Wow! Did you know that Daemen Physical Therapy students excel on the national licensure exam?

The Daemen College Weighted Average Ultimate Pass Rate based on the most current data as reported by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (2009-2011) is 100%, with our graduates demonstrating first time pass rates above both state and national averages each year.

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