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Clinical Education

Clinical Education

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The goal of clinical education experiences at Nazareth College is to provide PT students with multiple applied opportunities for demonstrating and integrating safe and professional knowledge, skills, and attitudes while engaged with a variety of patients and health care professionals. These learning experiences occur under the supervision and mentorship of clinical faculty.  At Nazareth College, we have two types of clinical education:

Integrated Clinical Education Experiences (link to clinic section) – Students completed many different integrated clinical education experiences throughout the curriculum, beginning in the Fall semester of the first year. These are clinical education experiences that occur during an academic term in a coordinated fashion concurrent with:


Integrated Clinical Education Experience I (PTR 517)
This is the first course in a series designed to provide students with clinical experience in the field of physical therapy. Emphasis in this course is on professional behavior, interpersonal communication, documentation, and basic examination and intervention procedures. Students will implement these skills in community and campus wellness groups, encompassing a variety of types of clients.

Integrated Clinical Education Experience II (PTR 519)
This is the second course in a series designed to provide students with clinical experience in the field of physical therapy. Emphasis in this course is on professional behavior, interpersonal communication, documentation, and basic examination and intervention procedures. Students will implement these skills in community and campus wellness groups, encompassing a variety of types of clients.

Integrated Clinical Education Experience III (PTR 617)

This is the third course in a series designed to provide students with clinical experience in the field of physical therapy. Emphasis in this course is evaluation and intervention, clinical reasoning, documentation, and patient/client teaching.


Integrated Clinical Education Experience IV (PTR 619)
This is the fourth course in a series designed to provide students with clinical experience in the field of physical therapy. Emphasis in this course is evaluation and intervention, clinical reasoning, documentation, and patient/client teaching.

Integrated Clinical Education Experience V (PTR 725)
This final course in the Integrated Clinical Education services provides the opportunity for students to apply the clinical skills they have acquired in an array of settings to underserved populations utilizing an interdisciplinary approach. Students have the opportunity to develop skills as clinical teachers using a peer.


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Full time Clinical Education

DPT Year 1

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Summer Semester

Integrated Clinical Education I

 

Integrated Clinical Education II

Full-time Clinical Education I

DPT Year 2

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Summer Semester

Integrated Clinical Education III

Integrated Clinical Education IV

Full-time Clinical Education II

 

DPT Year 3

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

 

Full-time Clinical Education III &

Integrated Clinical Education V

Full-time Clinical Education IV

 

Summary of ICE and Full-time Clinical Education Across the Curriculum

 

Students completed 32 weeks of Full-time clinical education in the curriculum. Full-time clinical education placements are defined as student physical therapists placed in clinical environments for a minimum of 32 hours/week. The department has contracts with more than 500 clinical sites across the country in a variety of settings.

Clinical Education I (PTR 528)

This is a full-time seven (7) week supervised clinical educational experience provided in an approved agency. Supervision is provided by a licensed physical therapist who helps the student bridge academic knowledge to actual patient care. The primary emphasis of this experience is to reinforce and practice basic physical therapy skills and professional behavior in direct patient care.

Clinical Education II (PTR 635)

This is a full time, eight (8) week, supervised clinical education experience provided in an approved agency. Supervision is provided by a licensed physical therapist. The goal of this experience is to have students manage a variety of patients using the "Guide to Practice" in examination, evaluation, documentation, goal setting, intervention, and discharge planning.

Clinical Education III (PTR 636)
This is a full time, eight (8) week supervised clinical educational experience provided in an approved agency. The primary emphasis of this experience is to demonstrate entry-level competency in examination, evaluation, documentation, goal setting, intervention, and discharge planning.

Clinical Education V (PTR 726)

This is a full time, eight (8) week culminating clinical education course. For this experience, students are encouraged to select a practice setting addressing the needs of more complex or unique clients. Experiences include, but are not limited to: evaluation and intervention, interdisciplinary team planning, client education, consultation, and clinical research. Students are expected to practice at entry level with supervision by the end of the this experience.

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Resources for Clinical Instructors

CPI Web Link

Medicaid Resources

Curriculum Diagram

Expectations by Level
Sample Learning Objectives

Clinical Instructor Credentialing Course

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