The student will function in the clinic as a health care team member, under the direct supervision of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant, carrying out select portions of the physical therapist’s plan of care. The student will establish helping relationships; practice effective interpersonal communications; apply ethical and legal principles, identify and provide for normal and threatened basic needs of patients; practice effective infection control techniques; administer selected modalities to prevent secondary disabilities and manage pain; correctly apply principles of biomechanics and physiology in administering exercise, transfer, and gait training. The student will clearly report and document significant observations and treatments orally and in writing.
The student must have completed the following courses with a “C” or better and a Program GPA of 2.5 to participate in the Practicum I: PTA 1312, PTA 1202, PTA 2024, PTA 2113, PTA 2021 and successfully pass the comprehensive practical exam.
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