Technical Standards and Essential Functions

Communication Abilities

Ability to communicate effectively and sensitively in English using verbal, non-verbal and written modes with faculty, other students, patients, family members, caregivers, and members of the healthcare team. The following are examples of communication abilities required for physical therapy practice:

  • Demonstrate appropriate interpersonal skills as needed for productive and respectful discussions with classmates, faculty, clinical instructors, and in varied therapist-patient situations

  • Demonstrate empathetic, active listening skills

  • Recognize, accurately interpret, clearly report, and appropriately respond to non-verbal communication of self and others

  • Elicit and transmit information on the patient’s status such as mood/affect, alertness, activity tolerance, changes in posture or vital signs

  • Describe, explain, and teach physical therapy procedures in both oral and written formats

  • Document and interpret physical therapist actions and patient responses clearly and legibly in the medical record

  • Receive and send verbal communications in emergency situations in a timely manner within the acceptable norms of  various clinical settings

  • Answer questions to the satisfaction of faculty, clinical instructors, patients, co-workers and other members of the healthcare team

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