Physical Therapy Student Handbook




Chapter 1: Preparation & General Information

Chapter 1 (pdf) of the handbook contains the following preparation and general information:

  • Mission of the Physical Therapy Program
  • Philosophy of the Physical Therapy Program
  • Curriculum Objectives
  • Brief History of the Physical Therapy Program
  • Essential Job Functions for Physical Therapists (pdf)
  • Additional Student Expenses

Chapter 2: Professional & Academic Conduct

Chapter 2 (pdf) of the handbook contains the following information on professional & academic conduct:

  • Professional & Academic Standards ​
  • Academic Grading Policies 
  • Test-Taking and Evaluation Policy
  • Faculty Instructional Philosophy
  • Professional Behaviors
  • Professional Dress
  • Collaborative Learning
  • Academic Conduct 
  • Professional Expectations
  • University Academic Standards and Appeals Board
  • Learning Support Services

Chapter 3: Clinical Education Manual

Chapter 3 of the handbook is comprised of the Clinical Education Manual and includes the following sections:

  • Clinical Education Schedule
  • Policies and Procedures for Students
  • Student Requirements
    Criminal Background Checks
    CPR Certification
    Health Insurance & Liability Coverage
  • Clinical Education Experience Policies and Procedures
    Site Selection for Experience II, III, IV, V
    Placement Requests and Placement Confirmations
    Clinical Experience Placement Policy
    General Course Policies
  • Professional Behaviors 
  • Professional Dress
  • Essential Job Functions for Physical Therapists
  • Policies and Procedures related to Clinical Sites
    Clinical Site Evaluation
  • References
  • Facility Clinical Education Resources
    Developing and Maintaining a Clinical Education Program
    Rights & Privileges for Clinical Instructors
  • Appendices  
    Appendix A: Curriculum Summary 2018-19 & Clinical Education Experiences Overview
    Appendix B: Course Descriptions in the Professional Curriculum
    Appendix C: Weekly Objectives for Clinical Education Experiences

Clinical Site Nomination Information

Clinical Site Nomination Guidelines ​(pdf)
Clinical Site Nomination Form (pdf)

Chapter 4: Physical Therapy Student Association (PTSA)

Chapter 4 (pdf) of the handbook is about the Physical Therapy Student Association.

  • By-Laws of the Physical Therapy Student Association

Chapter 5: Professional Associations & Board

Chapter 5 (pdf) of the handbook is about Physical Therapy Associations and Board, including;

Chapter 6: Guidelines for Referencing Written Assignments

Chapter 6 (pdf) of the handbook includes guidelines for referencing written assignments.

Chapter 7: Miscellaneous Forms and Resources

Chapter 7 (pdf) of the handbook is comprised of forms and resources.

  • Scholarships
  • Activity Summary
  • Emergency Loans
  • Privacy Release (Sharing personal info with parents, guardians, or other people.)

Chapter 8: FERPA Privacy Rights

Chapter 8 (pdf) of the handbook is regarding FERPA Privacy Rights.

  • Annual FERPA notice

Chapter 9: PT Stuff from A to Z

Chapter 9 (pdf) of the handbook is a Physical Therapy glossary that includes the following:

  • Address Change
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Audiovisual Equipment
  • Boxer Cards
  • Class Representatives
  • Computers
  • Confidentiality
  • Counseling Services
  • Email
  • Faxes
  • First Aid/ Univ. Precautions
  • Faculty office hours
  • HPC/PT Campus Hours
  • Lockers
  • Mail
  • Maintenance of Physical Space
  • Messages
  • Nondiscrimination
  • Printer /Printing & Copiers
  • Parking/Transportation
  • Refrigerator /Microwave
  • Recommendation/Release Form
  • Recycling
  • Resource Materials
  • Safety Standards
  • Student Advising
  • Telephones
  • Telephone tree
  • Useful websites
  • Weather (Inclement)