Community Service

Requirements

Community service is required of ALL Health Sciences students, including full-time, part-time, and graduate students.

Physical Therapy students must complete 75 hours of general community service prior to graduation. It is the student's responsibility to complete 50 hours of the 75-hour general service requirement. Physical Therapy students must complete 75 hours of general community service prior to graduation. It is the student's responsibility to complete 50 hours of the 75-hour general service requirement. The other 25 hours will be obtained during course-based community service projects, and in rural outreach activities as part of their rural clinical education rotation.

Definition of Community Service

A method under which students actively participate in organized service that is conducted in and meets the needs of a community. It is monitored by their program/school at the HSC and the community. This service activity helps foster civic responsibility and may be integrated into and enhances the academic curriculum of the students.

Purpose

  • To foster civic responsibility.
  • To enhance the hands-on learning experiences of the student.
  • To assist the student in identifying and meeting health and social needs of the community.

Record of Service

Each student is responsible for identifying opportunities for community service and reviewing them with his/her advisor BEFORE completing the service. The student must then log service hours electronically using the "Community Service" function of the Student Online Learning Environment (SOLE) courseware. [Students will be introduced to SOLE during on-campus orientation.] The student's advisor will then use SOLE to verify the student's hours.