Essential Functions


Essential Functions in the Psychomotor Domain

Possess sufficient mental and physical stamina, postural and neuromuscular control, and eye-hand coordination for extended periods of time in order to perform patient care tasks in a manner that does not compromise patient or therapist safety.

Safely, reliably, and efficiently perform required physical therapy examination and intervention procedures to evaluate and treat the functional skills & limitations and gross motor system of patients across the lifespan. These include but are not limited to:

  • Cognitive, mental, emotional status
  • Cardiopulmonary status
  • Segmental length, girth, volume
  • Skin integrity & wound care
  • Sensation
  • Strength
  • Joint mobility, motion and play
  • Muscle tone and reflexes
  • Coordination & balance
  • Development skills & movement patterns
  • Functional abilities
  • Posture & gait
  • Endurance
  • Pain
  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Prosthetics & orthotics
  • Adaptive devices & assistive technology
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform CPR and emergency first aid.
  • Safely and reliably read meters, dials, printouts, and goniometers.
  • Demonstrate the ability to manipulate and operate physical therapy equipment and monitoring devices.
  • React safely and appropriately in a timely manner to sudden or unexpected situations involving persons and or equipment.