DPT 7150 - Clinical Education V

Clinical Education V occurs during semester two of year three in the DPT Program, and it is the final clinical experience of the DPT curriculum. 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 achieve and demonstrate entry-level 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 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 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). In preparation for the final course of the program (DPT 7160 Ethics and Leadership Summit), the student will engage in focused reflection on his/her learning during the DPT Program and will draft a professional leadership plan. Prerequisite: Successful completion of second-year DPT courses.
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