Clinical Education Requirements
Prior to embarking on any of the part-time or full-time clinical education experiences, DPT students must:
- Be in good academic standing and not on academic probation with the Program
- Have successfully completed all prior clinical education experiences
- Possess current certification in CPR and First Aid
- Provide proof of current health insurance coverage
- Possess professional liability insurance (renewed by the university)
- Possess current health and immunization status records
- Have Child Abuse History Clearance (ACT 151)
- Have PA State Criminal Record Check (ACT 34)
- Have FBI Background Clearance through the Cogent System (ACT 114)
- Have current PPD Immunization
- It is the policy of Alvernia University’s academic programs to fully comply with Pennsylvania Laws related to criminal record and child abuse history clearances prior to entering any clinical educational setting that involves direct contact with children or older adults. The University policy dictates that students in academic programs and/or service learning (if required by the facility) with convictions/charges documented on the background check reports will be advised on an individual basis. The student must understand and agree that Alvernia University may disclose the results of the background checks to the clinical facility where the student has sought to be placed. Certain types of clinical facilities have the right and/or responsibility to preclude students from the facility who have a history of criminal activity or child abuse.
- Additionally, applicants to the DPT Program must understand that in order to meet program outcomes they are obliged to directly work with children and/or older adults. There are no alternatives to meet program outcomes. Such applicants/students with convictions/charges documented on the criminal or child abuse reports will be denied acceptance into courses with associated clinical practice and, therefore, cannot complete the applicable program of study. Such applicants/students will be advised of other academic study options at Alvernia University and will not be admitted into the DPT Program. Convictions/charges documented on a PA Criminal Record Check report will be based on criteria outlined in Acts 169/13. Applicants may be denied employment in physical therapy for misdemeanors and felony convictions, including alcohol related offenses. Refer to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board for a complete listing of criminal violations related to licensure www.lcb.state.pa.us/edu/. University policy can be found on pages 91-93 of the Undergraduate Course Catalog under the heading, “Background Check Policy Academic Programs”, which can be accessed at http://www.alvernia.edu/academics/catalogs/11-12CourseCatalogFINAL.pdf.
Graduation from a physical therapist program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) firstname.lastname@example.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states. Alvernia University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program submitted an Application for Candidacy on June 1, 2014, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage and underwent an on-site review on July 29-31, 2014. Submission of this document and on-site review does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation. All students accepted into the charter DPT class of 2018 will be accepted conditionally and graduation will be contingent upon full accreditation status as granted by CAPTE.