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 of Facilities

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.