Accreditation Status & Student Outcomes

  • SFU Physical Therapy Accreditation

    The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Saint Francis University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website:  www.capteonline.org.

    Saint Francis University physical therapy graduates are eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapy Licensure Examination. Licensure is required to practice.

  • Student Outcomes

    PASS RATES ON NPTE

    First - Time Pass Rate (4 year average, 2010-2013)

    Saint Francis University       89.64%
    Pennsylvania                       87.98%
    United States                       89.44%

     

  • Essential Functions of the Student Physical Therapist
    SAINT FRANCIS UNIVERSITY
    Department of Physical Therapy
     
    Essential Functions of the Student Physical Therapist

    The Essential functions outlined in this document are the activities that a student physical therapist must be able to perform in partial fulfillment of the requirements for successful completion of the professional curriculum. Every student must be able to perform these essential functions, with or without reasonable accommodations, while practicing safely, ethically, and in a legal manner. Reasonable accommodations are based on individual need, program essential requirements, public safety and must not pose an excessive financial burden to the University or interfere with the nature or operation of the University as an educational institution. The University uses independent clinical education sites that may or may not be willing or able to offer the same reasonable accommodations that are made available by the University. The fact that the University offers reasonable accommodations to allow a student with a disability to complete an educational program is not a guarantee, implied or otherwise, that a graduate will be able to secure subsequent employment offering those same accommodations.

    If a student is unable to perform these essential functions, it is the student's responsibility to:

    1. Reveal a need for reasonable accommodations prior to entering the professional curriculum.
    2. Obtain diagnostic data to substantiate a claim of need for reasonable accommodations.
    3. Provide the diagnostic data to the institution prior to entering the professional curriculum.

    The ability to perform essential functions is expected of students in the classroom, labs, simulated clinical settings, and while on clinical education assignments. The Department of Physical Therapy essential functions are summarized below. A complete description of the Essential Functions is available on request, and is printed in the Department of Physical Therapy Student Handbook and through a link on the Department website.

    Essential Functions of the Student Physical Therapist

    1. Review physician's referral and patient's medical records to help determine diagnosis and physical therapy treatment required.
    2. Perform and document an initial exam, evaluating data to identify problems and determine a diagnosis prior to intervention.
    3. Perform tests and measures such as strength, range of motion, motor development and function, sensory perception, functional capacity, and respiratory and circulatory efficiency and record data.
    4. Plan, prepare and carry out individually designed programs of physical treatment to maintain, improve or restore physical functioning, alleviate pain and prevent physical dysfunction in patients.
    5. Identify and document goals, anticipated progress and plans for reevaluation.
    6. Administer therapeutic interventions, including therapeutic exercise, manual therapy, facilitation techniques, modalities, etc.
    7. Record prognosis, treatment, response, and progress in patient's chart or enter information into computer.
    8. Evaluate effects of treatment at various stages and adjust treatments to achieve maximum benefit.
    9. Instruct patient and family in treatment procedures to be continued outside the therapy setting or at home.
    10. Confer with the patient, medical practitioners and appropriate others to plan, implement and assess the intervention program.

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    • Problem-Solving/Decision Making: Recognize and define problems, analyze data, implement solutions and evaluate outcomes.
    • Critical Thinking: Question logically, appropriately utilize, analyze and evaluate scientific evidence, make clinical judgments.
    • Communication: Use verbal skills to effectively communicate treatment interventions and initiate patient/client education.
    • Math Skills and Computer Skills: Calculations, internet and e-mail, spreadsheet software, word processing software, job specific software.

    Mental Demands

    • Comprehend and Follow Instructions: Work with little guidance or reliance on oral or written instructions.
    • Performed Assigned Tasks: Perform a wide range of tasks as dictated by variable demands and changing conditions.
    • Maintain an appropriate work pace: Plan work assignments and schedule to meet long term goals and objectives.
    • Perform complex or varied tasks at the same time: Perform complex tasks with little predictability as to their occurrence.
    • Relate to others: Interact with co-workers, patient/clients, and stakeholders
    • Respond to annoyed and anxious patients/clients and stakeholders
    • Maintain a high level of recordkeeping: Patient records, reimbursement documents, etc.
    • Pressure for results: High pressure to respond to time sensitive information or situations. Perform in stressful environments or under deadlines.
    • Verbally communicate: Organize thoughts and orally communicate with little to no time to think about it.
    • Decision making: Make complex/difficult decisions that may typically have a large scale impact.

    Physical Demands

    • Auditory ability: Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs.
    • Physical ability: Sufficient to move from room to room, in patient’s rooms, and treatment spaces.
    • Gross and fine motor abilities: Calibrate and operate equipment; position patient/clients; guard patients and perform facilitation techniques during gait training and other therapeutic interventions; perform ROM, MMT, debridement, transfers, CPR, or use of physical agents.
    • Ability to use touch: Palpate, apply resistance during examinations or interventions
    • Ability to use vision: Monitor and assess health needs.

    Working Conditions

    • Work in various physical therapy clinic settings such as a hospital, outpatient clinic, nursing home, patient’s home, school, or work setting
    • Possible exposure to blood/bodily fluids or chemicals.

    Personal Protective Equipment

    • Latex/vinyl gloves/mask/gowns when required
  • Progression Standards

    Pre-Professional Curriculum

    All physical therapy majors in the three-year pre-professional curriculum must meet the following academic requirements in order to have a guaranteed seat in the professional curriculum. Failure to meet the progression standards will result in dismissal from the major.

    1. A minimum grade of “C” in major and collateral requirements.
    2. Before the beginning of the sophomore year the student must achieve a minimum overall cumulative QPA of 2.5 and a minimum cumulative math/science QPA of 2.5. Failure to achieve these QPAs will result in Department Academic Warning. *
    3. Before the beginning of the junior year the student must achieve a minimum overall cumulative QPA of 2.75 and a minimum cumulative math/science QPA of 2.75. Failure to achieve these QPAs will result in dismissal from the major.*
    4. At the end of the junior year the student must achieve a minimum overall cumulative QPA of 3.0 and a minimum cumulative math/science QPA of 3.0. Failure to achieve these QPAs will result in dismissal from the major. *
    5. Prior to the fall semester of the junior year, 80 hours of documented volunteer experience or paid employment in two different physical therapy practice settings.
    6. A grade of “C” or higher on the retake of a major or collateral course (one retake per course allowed).
    7. Completion of the pre-professional curriculum in 3 years (6 consecutive semesters).

    A student dismissed from the physical therapy major may appeal the decision according to the Department of Physical Therapy policy. This is initiated by submitting a letter to the program chair.

    A student dismissed from the Physical Therapy major should contact the Office of Advising and Retention to select another major. A seat in the professional curriculum of the physical therapy major is not guaranteed for a student who does not meet these progression standards.

    Any student dismissed from the physical therapy major may apply for readmission according to the Physical Therapy Department Internal Transfer Policy or as a graduate admission.

    *The cumulative math/science QPA is based on courses taken at SFU; BIOL 111, 205, 206, CHEM 103,104, PHTH 300, PHYS 104,105, STAT 205, MATH 110 or higher.

    Professional Curriculum

    All physical therapy majors in the three-year professional curriculum must meet the following academic requirements. Failure to meet the progression standards will result in dismissal from the major.

    1. Achieve a minimum QPA of 3.0 each semester of the professional curriculum.
    2. No more than one grade below “B” per semester.
    3. No more than three grades below “B” permitted in the professional curriculum.
    4. A minimum grade of “C” in any major course.
    5. Achieve competency on all lab exams as per department policy.
    6. Pass all clinical education courses.
    7. Perform essential functions, with or without reasonable accommodations, while practicing safely, ethically, and in a legal manner.
    8. Meet professional behaviors standards.
    9. Prior to advancing to the next semester the requirements for the Professional Development Portfolio must be satisfactorily completed.
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