Professional Foundations I: Introduction to Physical Therapy (PHTH702)
As the first in a series of three courses, this course introduces the profession of physical therapy, the roles of professionals who practice physical therapy, and the numerous factors that shape and influence the profession, including societal, governmental, legal, organizational, and financial. Students use the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice (3.0), other core documents of the profession, evidence-based documents, and clinical reasoning models to consider professional issues. Students will be introduced to the mission, vision, philosophy, expected outcomes, and policies/procedures of the PT program at ADU. Students will investigate the components and assessment of professional behavior as well as topics related to common and emerging practice settings. Principles of evidence-based practice, including formulation of clinical questions and the identification of appropriate information sources, are incorporated in order to assess the scientific support for, and to direct decision-making in, the practice of physical therapy.