Technical Standards and Essential Functions

Affective Abilities

Ability to respond in a professional manner and to work harmoniously with individuals from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds often under complex and potentially stressful circumstances.  The following are examples of affective abilities required of physical therapy practice:

  • Display maturity, good judgment, sensitivity, and emotional stability in all academic and professional settings 

  • Effectively cope with and prioritize heavy academic schedules and deadlines

  • Demonstrate time management skills and a work ethic that promotes punctual attendance and full participation in all classroom, laboratory, community, and clinical education experiences

  • Take initiative, be creative, prepared, flexible, enthusiastic, cooperative, tolerant, respectful of authority, and industrious in all academic, clinical and professional settings

  •  Possess the ability to develop respectful, empathetic, compassionate, yet effective relationships with fellow students, faculty members, clinical instructors, patients, family members/caregivers, and other members of the healthcare team

  • Exercise good judgment and prompt, safe completion of all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients and families

  •  Demonstrate the emotional stability to function effectively under stress and to adapt to an environment that is likely to change rapidly, without warning and/or in unpredictable ways

  • Accept suggestions and feedback, and adapt one’s behavior as appropriate

  • Demonstrate the willingness to learn and abide by ethical, legal and professional principles and standards of physical therapy practice

  • Demonstrate the ability to be self-reflective with respect to one’s commitment to learning and professional development

  • Recognize personal limitations and request assistance as appropriate

  • Present a professional appearance and maintain good general health/personal hygiene

  • Be able to maintain confidentiality


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