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.




Effective November 12, 2014, the Physical Therapy Program at Alvernia University has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org). Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.




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