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Statement of Purpose of Clinical Education
The purpose of the clinical education component of the curriculum is to provide the learner with structured interactions with persons of varying degrees of health status and disability. The Clinical Education experiences and professional behavior and activities bridge the knowledge and psychomotor skills learned in the academic setting to the real life clinical setting. Competent clinical educators design these interactions with progressively decreasing supervision in order to complete the students' emergence as competent entry-level practitioners. The goal of this Clinical Education Policy and Procedure manual is to assist all stakeholders in any clinical education experience in having the best possible experience.Overview of the Clinical Education Experience
The clinical education program is comprised of four phases of supervised clinical experiences. The program is progressive in the type and range of clinical responsibilities expected of each student, and corresponds to the complexity of the didactic portion of the curriculum. Participation in any clinical education experience is contingent upon successful completion of the coursework and previous clinical experiences. Students are supervised by licensed physical therapists, Clinical Instructors (CI's), in such settings as hospitals, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, rehabilitation facilities, pediatric clinics, sports medicine clinics, fitness centers, and outpatient facilities. Students participate in interdisciplinary case meetings and rounds.Evaluation of Clinical Performance
CI's are encouraged to provide feedback frequently to the students, and to the ACCE. Formal, written evaluations are scheduled at the mid-term and the conclusion of each clinical assignment period. Each CI must complete the APTA Physical Therapist Clinical Performance Instrument for Students: A Self-Guided Training course through the APTA Learning Center before completing the online CPI Web 2.0 for a student. A CI only needs to perform the training one time. An in-service is required for each Clinical Education experience.
Clinical Performance Instrument (CPI Web 2.0)
The CPI is the central component of the evaluation of WJU students' clinical abilities, and is used by the university to ensure students' readiness for practice. The CPI is designed to evaluate student clinical performance in relation to entry-level competence and is to be completed by the supervising Clinical Instructor(s).
Each student and clinical instructor must complete the APTA Physical Therapist Clinical Performance Instrument for Students: A Self-Guided Training Course available through the APTA Learning Center. This course must be successfully completed and passed in order to access the online CPI Web.
Sequence into Curriculum
The clinical education component of the Physical Therapy Program is initiated within the forth term of the student's enrollment. Each succeeding experience encompasses increased use of student skills learned in the classroom with progressive responsibility for patient care placed on the student while supervised by the CI. The complete sequence of clinical progression is provided below.
Student Clinical Education Schedule – DPT Curriculum
Each clinical education experience consists of forty hours/week. The clinical site establishes the working hours. Skills learned in preceding terms are practiced under the supervision of a CI.
CE I DPT 638:
CE II DPT 658:
CE III DPT 668a:
CE IV DPT 668b:
Clinical Education Requirements:
Throughout each student's tenure in the program, he/she is required to complete one Clinical Education experience in each of the following settings: acute care, skilled care/home health, out-patient and one setting of the student's choice. For the choice setting, a student can repeat a setting or complete an experience in a specialty setting such as women's health, sports medicine, pediatrics, wound care or the rehab setting.
All students are expected to travel outside of the Wheeling area (60 mile radius) for at least one Clinical Education experience. The student may work with the ACCE and CCCE to make living arrangements, but this is ultimately the student's responsibility.
Each student completes a Preference Form from a list provided by the ACCE of available sites for placement for each Clinical Education experience. Preferences are recorded for each student, however, this does not guarantee final placement. The educational needs of each student is always first priority.
A student will not be assigned to a site where he/she has worked as a volunteer or employee; a student will not be assigned to a site with which he/she has a pre-employment contract or financial agreement (scholarship); and a student will not be assigned to any site where a direct relative is employed in the physical therapy department (parent, sibling, and/or grandparent).
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