Clinical Practicum I: PT-740
Goals and Objectives
The primary goal of this practicum experience is to participate in all aspects of patient/client management demonstrating progress toward entry-level competence.
GENERAL OBJECTIVES: At the completion of this course, the student should be able to:
- Apply didactic knowledge and skills to physical therapy examination and intervention in supervised clinical settings.
- Integrate principles and concepts of basic, social and clinical sciences to appropriate physical therapy examination and intervention.
- Safely and efficiently plan and perform physical therapy examination and intervention to individuals assigned by the clinical instructor.
- Consistently demonstrate professional behaviors such as responsibility, ethical behavior, initiative and flexibility.
- Consistently adhere to the clinical department schedules, policies and procedures.
- Consistently demonstrate communication and social interaction behaviors that are effective and appropriate for a health care professional
- Recognize and demonstrate adherence with all legal standards.
- Formulate a preliminary plan for evaluation of assigned patients based on information obtained from patient records, colleges, the patient and care givers.
- Demonstrate respect for privacy and dignity of patients on a consistent basis.
- Establish a rapport with the patient during the initial treatment to effectively accomplish the goals of treatment for assigned patients.
- Select relevant components to evaluate and the appropriate standardized tests to perform given a specific patient population.
- Demonstrate competence in performing examinations of individuals with orthopedic, cardiopulmonary and/or pulmonary medial diagnosis as determined in collaboration with the clinical supervisor.
- Develop an evaluation, prognosis and priority for physical therapy interventions through analysis of assessment of data.
- Design a physical therapy plan of care, which demonstrates comprehension of the patient’s educational level, socioeconomic status, age, vocation needs and goals.
- Initiate a treatment appropriate to the physical therapy plan of care and current patient status.
- Critique the effectiveness of the PT interventions and suggest changes as indicated.
- Design a home program that is consistent with the individual patient’s physical and emotional needs and compatible with his environment and lifestyle.
- Select a variety of treatment techniques to address specific treatment goals that are appropriate to the physical therapy plan of care and patient variables.
- Demonstrate timely and thorough documentation of evaluations, progress notes, and discharge summaries as assigned by the clinical instructor.
- Design a program of health promotion for the patient and his family as appropriate for the patient’s needs.
- Recognize indications for consultation with or referral to other health care providers as appropriate to the needs of the patient and the plan of care.
- Discuss the importance of patient and caregiver education and demonstrate appropriate education strategies.
- Demonstrate initiative in clinical practice by developing strategies and opportunities for learning
- Accurately self-assess clinical performance so that the assessment is congruent with the assessment of the clinical instructor.
- Critique outcome researches relevant to patients discussed and apply this research tin clinical practice.
- Participate in the development, implementation or evaluation of programs designed to insure quality clinical care.
- Demonstrate progress toward attainment of entry level competence by continuous improvement in clinical skills as noted on the visual analog scale and clinical instructor comments.
- Independently identify and locate the resources necessary for clinical decision making to prepare for continued professional growth.