“Simmons has such a caring, facilitating, team-based atmosphere. It definitely puts students first.”
After graduating from Wisconsin’s Marquette University with a B.S. in exercise science, Andrew Oliver left the Midwest to pursue a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He chose Simmons for its excellent academic reputation and opportunity-rich location in the Longwood Medical Area. Yet once on campus, Oliver discovered another asset.
The PT program’s rigorous learning cycle, which integrates case- based coursework with full- and part-time clinical placements, opened Oliver’s eyes to new goals. Although initially interested in outpatient orthopedics, Oliver now envisions a career working with patients recovering from neurological injuries.
An internship at Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital in Braintree, Massachusetts. There, Oliver assisted patients with traumatic head injuries to gain the strength and mobility to walk on their own. “My clients were so focused on going home to re-start their lives,” he says. “It was very emotional and rewarding to help them make it.”
A SETTING FOR SUCCESS:
Oliver recognizes the Simmons faculty for their role in fostering his on- the-job confidence. Their active engagement in the field, he says, complements a curriculum grounded in evidence-based research and case studies. And with one year left before graduating, Oliver is grateful for his professors’ genuine interest in not only his professional goals but also his personal growth.
"The faculty go above and beyond to give you the assistance and resources you need. They really want the best for each student."
PURSUING HIS POTENTIAL:
Recently, Oliver stepped into his first professional leadership position. As the Core Ambassador to the student representatives of the Massachusetts chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association, he is working to improve inter- program communication and rejuvenate the student special interest group. Combine this experience with the leadership training built into the Simmons curriculum, and Oliver says, “I’ll be very ready for the professional world when I graduate.”