WALLENPAUPACK - On Friday, April 27, nine Wallenpaupack Area School District students visited the University of Scranton to explore programs in Nursing, Exercise Science, and Occupational Therapy.  

Wallenpaupack Area School District Career Coordinator Mrs. Colleen Edwards and Admissions Counselor Mr. Hugh Doyle arranged for the students to participate in an interactive experience in each of these career fields.  Dr. Marian Farrell, Director of Nursing, talked to the students about the nursing profession stating, “It is a commitment to help everyone be well.”  

Additionally, Dr. Farrell toured the nursing space with the students and provided a SimMan demonstration. This is an advanced patient simulator that can display neurological symptoms as well as physiological.

Students listened to the heart beat and took blood pressure readings on the SimMan and SimBaby. Paige Ramkissoon commented, “It is amazing how much technology today plays such a major part in wellness and fitness.”

Next, students met with senior Erin Ciarrocca, an Exercise Science major.  Erin highlighted the courses required, the opportunities for employment, and talked about continuing her education after graduation at the University of Scranton to pursue a three-year PhD program in Physical Therapy. That program includes four, eight-week clinical rotations in the field.  

Additionally, Erin provided a tour of the Exercise Science labs as well as the various equipment available to the students.

Afterward, the students met with senior Bridget Duffy, an Exercise Science major who is working on research for the Honors Program; this requires her to complete an individual research project, Hers is titled, “Biomechanical Analysis of the Effects on an Ankle Brace on the Landing Phase of a Countermovement Jump.”    

She asked Wallenpaupack sophomore Samantha Mapps to participate in one of the many tests she was conducting. The demonstration with the student consisted of kinematic data, measuring the joint angles throughout the movements she was performing; the cameras situated around the perimeter of the lab emit an infrared light that track anatomical landmarks on the patient.  

This can be used to analyze specific movements that may, for example, find an optimal technique for a sports specific movement.  The students found this to be very interesting.

Finally, the Occupational Therapy Club set up a simulation in which the students where served a dish of ice cream and then assigned such disabilities as paralysis on the right side from a stroke or impaired eye sight.  Students were then asked to add toppings to their ice cream and perform tasks such as putting on a jacket or a sock.  This activity emphasized the difficulty those with disabilities encounter during routine tasks.

The Wallenpaupack students and Mrs. Edwards thank the University of Scranton students and Dr. Farrell for their willingness to provide such valuable learning experiences.