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Goals & Objectives CP 2-4

The primary goal of these practicum experiences is to participate in all aspects of patient/client management demonstrating entry-level competence by the completion.

General Objectives:

At the completion of these courses, 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, medical/surgical, neurological, cardiopulmonary, and/or pulmonary medical 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.
  • Identify and discriminate primary sources of dysfunction and impairment in a range of patients, e.g., simple to complex patient problems and/or multiple diagnoses.
  • Make independent and accurate clinical judgments in establishing a diagnosis and prognosis, and in the implementation of the treatment program.
  • Independently explore physical therapy treatments and procedures and discuss with the clinical instructor the efficacy of including such interventions in the plan.
  • Demonstrate entry level competence in all physical therapy examination and evaluation activities identified in the patient/client management model of the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice.
  • Demonstrate entry level competence in all intervention activities identified in the patient/client management model of the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice.