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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:

  1. Apply didactic knowledge and skills to physical therapy examination and intervention in supervised clinical settings.
  2. Integrate principles and concepts of basic, social and clinical sciences to appropriate physical therapy examination and intervention.
  3. Safely and efficiently plan and perform physical therapy examination and intervention to individuals assigned by the clinical instructor.
  4. Consistently demonstrate professional behaviors such as responsibility, ethical behavior, initiative and flexibility.
  5. Consistently adhere to the clinical department schedules, policies and procedures.
  6. Consistently demonstrate communication and social interaction behaviors that are effective and appropriate  for a health care professional
  7. Recognize and demonstrate adherence with all legal standards.
  8. Formulate a preliminary plan for evaluation of assigned patients based on information obtained from patient records, colleges, the patient and care givers.
  9. Demonstrate respect for privacy and dignity of patients on a consistent basis.
  10. Establish a rapport with the patient during the initial treatment to effectively accomplish the goals of treatment for assigned patients.
  11. Select relevant components to evaluate and the appropriate standardized tests to perform given a specific patient population.
  12. Demonstrate competence in performing examinations of individuals with orthopedic, cardiopulmonary and/or pulmonary medial diagnosis as determined in collaboration with the clinical supervisor.
  13. Develop an evaluation, prognosis and priority for physical therapy interventions through analysis of assessment of data.
  14. Design a physical therapy plan of care, which demonstrates comprehension of the patient’s educational level, socioeconomic status, age, vocation needs and goals.
  15. Initiate a treatment appropriate to the physical therapy plan of care and current patient status.
  16. Critique the effectiveness of the PT interventions and suggest changes as indicated.
  17. Design a home program that is consistent with the individual patient’s physical and emotional needs and compatible with his environment and lifestyle.
  18. Select a variety of treatment techniques to address specific treatment goals that are appropriate to the physical therapy plan of care and patient variables.
  19. Demonstrate timely and thorough documentation of evaluations, progress notes, and discharge summaries as assigned by the clinical instructor.
  20. Design a program of health promotion for the patient and his family as appropriate for the patient’s needs.
  21. 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.
  22. Discuss the importance of patient and caregiver education and demonstrate appropriate education strategies.
  23. Demonstrate initiative in clinical practice by developing strategies and opportunities for learning
  24. Accurately self-assess clinical performance so that the assessment is congruent with the assessment of the clinical instructor.
  25. Critique outcome researches relevant to patients discussed and apply this research tin clinical practice.
  26. Participate in the development, implementation or evaluation of programs designed to insure quality clinical care.
  27. 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.
  28. Independently identify and locate the resources necessary for clinical decision making to prepare for continued professional growth.

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