Doctor of Physical Therapy Supplemental Application

Admission/Progression of Persons with Disabilities to the

Samford Univeristy Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

 

Students with disabilities are considered for acceptance to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program on the basis of their ability to meet the objectives of the program and to perform required activities.

Department of Physical Therapy -  ADA Awareness Statement

The Department of Physical Therapy endorses the university commitment to students with disabilities. The Department of Physical Therapy will provide accessible programs, services, and activities and reasonable accommodations for any student with a disability as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.

Physical Therapy is a practice discipline with cognitive, sensory, affective, and psychomotor performance requirements. Qualified individuals are those who satisfy admission requirements and who can perform essential functions of a physical therapy program with or without reasonable accommodation or modification.

Students must satisfy the essential functions for physical therapy students.

To be eligible for program accommodation, students must self-identify to the Office of Disability Resources (DR), who will determine eligibility for services. Once eligibility for accommodations are determined by DR, it is the students’ responsibility to request appropriate accommodations. If these standards cannot be achieved by the student, either unassisted or with dependable use of assistive devices, the faculty RESERVES the right to withdraw the student from clinical courses.

Clinical Practicum/Lab Course Standards

Issue

Standard

Some Examples of Necessary Activities (not all-inclusive)

Critical Thinking

Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment

Identify cause/effect relationships in clinical situations, develop physical therapy care plans, ability to make safe judgments when planning and implementing all psychomotor skills

Interpersonal

Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from diverse backgrounds

Establish rapport with patients and colleagues; negotiate interpersonal conflict; respect differences in clients; respect the cultural diversity of clients and co-workers

Communication

Communication abilities (hearing, speaking, reading, and writing) sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form

Explain treatment procedures, initiate health teaching, document and interpret physical therapy actions and patient responses.

Mobility

Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces

Move around in patients’ rooms, work spaces, and treatment areas; administer CPR, assist in ambulation, have sufficient mobility and stamina to function over an 8-12 hour period in a health care setting (twist, bend stoop/squat, move quickly, climb, walk).

Motor Skills

Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective physical therapy care

Calibrate and properly use equipment (blood pressure cuffs and exercise equipment); position, lift, and transfer patients; ability to lift up to 50 pounds; twist or squeeze with fingers; stand and maintain balance; reach and bend; move within confined spaces

Physical Strength and Endurance

Physical stamina sufficient to perform full range of required client care activities for entire length of work role

Sustain repetitive movements; maintain physical tolerance; lift; push and pull; support 25 pounds; move heavy objects weighing 10-50 pounds; defend self against combative client; carry equipment; use upper body strength

Emotional Stability

Able to assume responsibility and accountability for own actions

Establish therapeutic boundaries; provide client with emotional support; adapt to stress; deal with the unexpected; perform multiple responsibilities concurrently; handle strong emotion

Hearing

Auditory ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care

Hear verbal exchanges among health care personnel and patients, monitors alarms, emergency signals, auscultatory sounds, cries for help; ability to hear in situations when not able to see lips of speaker; ability to hear sounds of a normal or faint volume level

Visual

Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care

Able to read handwritten documents (chart data); able to see small calibrations on sphygmomanometer; observe patient responses to interventions and/or health problems; ability to detect subtle color changes

Tactile

Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment

Perform palpation; functions of physical examination and/or those related to therapeutic intervention, e.g., pulse, body parts, temperature of skin

 

Distance-Accessible Course Standards

Issue

Standard

Some Examples of Necessary Activities (not all-inclusive)

Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment

Synthesize reading assignments, able to write course assignments

Interpersonal

Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds

Interact with classmates and course instructors on course related subjects; able to work with other students on a group project

Communication

Communication abilities (hearing, speaking, reading, and writing) sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form

Communicate with faculty and other students via e-mail and electronic threaded discussions

Motor Skills

Physical abilities sufficient to use a computer

Complete written assignments and examinations by typing on the computer

Hearing

Auditory ability sufficient to complete class assignments

Listen to online audiovisual presentations

Visual

Visual ability sufficient to participate in course activities

Complete reading assignments and watch audiovisual presentations

NOTE: It is important for physical therapy students to have a realistic view of the demanding curriculum before deciding to pursue the degree. Students are encouraged to contact the Department of Physical Therapy if there are questions about his/her abilities to function in the clinical settings.


 

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