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.




Graduation from a physical therapist program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) accreditation@apta.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.




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