Physical Therapy 103
Our graduates/students will be competent in patient/client centered care management for body functions, activity and participation related to movement, function and health. Our graduates/students will demonstrate professionalism and ethical behavior in all aspects of the educational, community and clinical setting. Our graduates/students will incorporate evidence based practice in clinical decision making. Our graduates/students will be skilled in educating and communicating with patients/clients, caregivers, colleagues, payers and policy makers.
Prerequisite Course Requirements for entry into the graduate physical therapy program include the following: Biology 2 semesters (200 or 300 level Human Anatomy and Physiology courses do not meet this prerequisite) Chemistry 2 semesters Psychology 1 semester (200 level behavioral/social science course) Statistics 1 semester Human Anatomy with Lab 1 semester (human gross anatomy recommended; course should be at 200 or 300 level at four year degree granting institution) Human Physiology with Lab 1 semester Exercise Physiology (lab recommended) 1 semester Physics with Lab 2 semesters Important Note Regarding Prerequisites: Prerequisites must be completed within five years preceding entrance to the graduate program. Recommended Courses: Social Sciences – at least two additional semesters in social sciences (i.e., sociology, social psychology) Kinesiology with lab Communication: Practice as a health care professional requires the ability to communicate both in written and oral form. The physical therapy program stresses communication and expects enrolled students to demonstrate graduate level competence in written as well as oral communication.
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Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university cumulative prerequisite course quality point average (QPA) of 3.0 or better (4.0 scale). Grades below a C are not acceptable overall undergraduate QPA of 3.0 or better (4.0 scale) applicant demonstrates the ethical, personal and professional qualities to fulfill the role of the physical therapist as determined by review of the applicant’s references and the interview process application review begins on November 1; application deadline January 15 qualified applicants will be called for an informational session TOEFL – Minimum score of 550 for all applicants from nonEnglish speaking countries meet essential functions: physical, emotional, intellectual, and communication standards
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE STUDENT PHYSICAL THERAPIST Essential functions are the activities that a student physical therapist must be able to perform in partial fulfillment of the requirements for successful completion of the professional curriculum. Every student must be able to perform these essential functions, with or without reasonable accommodations, while practicing safely, ethically, and in a legal manner. Reasonable accommodations are based on individual need, program essential requirements, public safety, and no undue hardship on the University or clinical sites. If a student is unable to perform these essential functions, it is the student’s responsibility to: 1. Reveal a need for reasonable accommodations prior to entering the professional curriculum. 2. Obtain diagnostic data to substantiate a claim of need for reasonable accommodations. 3. Provide the diagnostic data to the institution prior to entering the professional curriculum. The ability to perform essential functions is expected of students in the classroom, labs, simulated clinical settings, and while on clinical education assignments. The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program’s essential functions are described below by: 1) category and 2) examples. The examples are for clarity and do not represent an exhaustive list of all possible activities. CATEGORY and EXAMPLE Behavior – ability to act in a professional manner • Practice safely, ethically, legally • Demonstrate responsibility for lifelong professional growth and development