DPT 6530 Physical Therapy Practice I
Lecture: 0 Lab: 0 Practica: 10 Total Credits: 10
This structured eight-week clinical experience allows students to gain experience working with patients in the clinical setting. Learning experiences occur under the guidance of a Clinical Faculty (CF). Special emphasis is placed on foundational skills of patient management in preparation for future clinical experiences. Objectives for this internship include completing the clinical curriculum emphasizing, but not limited to,
customer service, primary medical screening, the medical interview, upper/lower quarter screens, and central/peripheral nervous system screens.
Students gain confidence with all aspects of the patient encounter and begin to form primary and competing hypotheses or physical therapy diagnoses. Instruction relating to the measuring and interpreting of functional outcomes of patients is also provided.
By the conclusion of this internship clinical experience, the student is expected to demonstrate “Always” in the professional behavioral skills for safety, “most of the time” for Professional Ethics skills, “Sometimes” for initiative, and “sometimes” for communication skills; for Patient management skills, students are expected to achieve a minimum level of “Below” the level of a competent clinician for Patient Management Skills on the Clinical Internship Evaluation Tool (CIET) as evaluated by the CF. Student performance will also be assessed using clinical education curriculum evaluation tools.
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of Quarter 4 courses