PTA 253 - Clinical Education 3 Credits: 1
Provides supervision to students completing full-time clinical affiliations. Students present and suggest solutions for clinical problems encountered, identify appropriate resources for problem resolution, and complete a final program examination in preparation for the licensure examination. This is a pass/no credit course.
Enrollment Requirement: PTA 252 and concurrent enrollment in PTA 279 or PTA 280.
Students who successfully complete this class will be able to:
- Contribute to an online discussion about identified topics within the clinical setting, which include but are not limited to:
a. impact of cultural and socioeconomic difference,
b. documentation procedures and standards, and
c. physical therapy delivery system and practice management in the clinical site.
d. involvement in inter-professional practice.
- Complete the assigned practice exam in preparation for licensure.
- Implement plans of care developed by physical therapists.
- Provide care in a safe, legal and ethical manner.
- Communicate effectively and appropriately with patients, families, physical therapists and other care providers both verbally and non‐verbally including accurate written communication and documentation.
- Instruct patients, families and other health care providers using techniques consistent with the level of the audience.
- Function as integral team members and participate in the team process.
- Transition to successful employment as PTA.
- Critical Thinking - Critical thinking finds expression in all disciplines and everyday life. It is characterized by an ability to reflect upon thinking patterns, including the role of emotions on thoughts, and to rigorously assess the quality of thought through its work products. Critical thinkers routinely evaluate thinking processes and alter them, as necessary, to facilitate an improvement in their thinking and potentially foster certain dispositions or intellectual traits over time.
- Responsibility - Responsibility encompasses those behaviors and dispositions necessary for students to be effective members of a community. This outcome is designed to help students recognize the value of a commitment to those responsibilities which will enable them to work successfully individually and with others.
- Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning - Quantitative Reasoning encompasses abilities necessary for a student to become literate in today’s technological world. Quantitative reasoning begins with basic skills and extends to problem solving.
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