Graduates of the program will:
- Work in an ethical, legal, safe, and effective manner.
- Provide safe interventions that minimize risk to patients, self, and others, based on the established plan of care.
- Communicate regularly with the physical therapist about the patient’s progress and/or change in status.
- Perform appropriate measurement and assessment techniques, within the knowledge and limits of practice, to assist the physical therapist in monitoring and modifying the plan of care.
- Interact with patients and families in a manner which provides the desired psychosocial support, including the recognition of cultural and socioeconomic differences.
- Participate in the teaching of other health care providers, patients, and families.
- Document relevant aspects of patient treatment in a clear, concise, and timely manner, within the guidelines of the state practice act, facility, and regulatory agencies.
- Participate in discharge planning.
- Demonstrate effective written, oral, and nonverbal communication with patients, their families, colleagues, health care providers, and the public.
- Have an understanding of the levels of authority and responsibility, planning, time management, supervisory process, performance evaluations, policies and procedures, fiscal considerations for physical therapy providers and consumers, and continuous quality improvement.
- Practice reading and writing professional literature. Practice in a manner that provides high-quality, efficient, ethical, and cost-effective services based on patient goals and outcomes.
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