DPT 7140 - Clinical Education IV

Clinical Education IV occurs at the beginning of semester two of year three in the DPT Program. The student is placed in one clinical setting, full-time for eight consecutive weeks. The primary purpose of this clinical experience is to provide students an opportunity to utilize their developing skills in patient/client management, with a wide variety and complexity of patients/clients. Emphasis will be placed on integrating knowledge and techniques learned during the first two-and-a-half years of the DPT program. The student will deliver direct physical therapy services to patients/clients under the supervision of a physical therapist/s (clinical instructor/s). Students will typically be placed in an orthopedic outpatient, acute care, general practice (rural hospital), subacute/skilled nursing, inpatient/outpatient rehabilitation or pediatric facility. The student will also have the opportunity to participate in learning experiences unique to the clinical site, such as observation of surgery, medical rounds, staff meetings/inservices, diagnostic tests and/or other services (occupational therapy, speech/language pathology, respiratory therapy, prosthetics/orthotics, etc). The student will prepare a critically appraised topic (CAT) during this clinical experience that is relevant to the PT practice at the assigned site and present findings to facility staff in an inservice. Prerequisite: Successful completion of second-year DPT courses.
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