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- Practices in a safe manner that minimizes the risk to patient, self, and others.
- Demonstrates professional behaviors in all situations and practices in a manner consistent with established legal and professional standards and ethical guidelines.
- The graduate is able to: 1) communicate in ways that are congruent with situational needs; 2) adapt delivery of physical therapy services with consideration for patients’ differences, values, preferences, and needs; 3) participate in self assessment to improve clinical and professional performance; and 4) apply current knowledge, theory, clinical reasoning, and the patient’s values and perspectives in patient management.
- The graduate is able to: 1) determine with each patient encounter the patient’s need for further examination or consultation by a physical therapist or referral to another health care professional screening; 2) perform a physical therapy examination using evidence-based tests and measures; 3) evaluate data from the patient examination (history, systems review and tests-measures) to make clinical judgments; 4) determine a diagnosis and prognosis that guides future patient management; 5) establish a physical therapy plan of care that is safe effective, patient centered and evidence-based; 6) perform physical therapy interventions in a competent manner; and 7) educate others using relevant and effective teaching methods.
- The graduate will produce quality documentation in a timely manner to support the delivery of physical therapy services and collect and analyzes data from selected outcomes measures in a manner that supports accurate analysis of individual patient and group outcomes.
- The graduates from the USC DPT program will demonstrate advanced knowledge in all four major content areas of the NPTE (National Physical Therapy Exam) above that of the national average: 1. Physical therapy examination; 2. Evaluation, Differential Diagnosis, and Prognosis; 3. Interventions; and 4. Non- System domains.
- The graduates from the USC DPT program will demonstrate advanced knowledge in all four system specific content areas of the NPTE above that of the national average: 1. Cardiovascular and pulmonary; 2. Musculoskeletal; 3. Neuromuscular; and 4. Other systems.
Degree Requirements (123 Post Baccalaureate Hours)
A minimum of 106 post baccalaureate hours [typical program is 123 hours]. The exact number of hours will be determined by the Program of Study Committee.