Technical Standards and Essential Functions

Motor Abilities

Adequate strength and endurance along with fine and gross motor function to execute the movement and skills required for safe and effective physical therapy treatment.  The following are examples of motor abilities required of physical therapy practice:

  • Access transportation to the academic setting and to clinical education site

  • Participate in classroom,  laboratory and clinical education activities for the entire defined work period (40+ hours per week)

  • Assume and maintain a variety of positions including sitting for up to 2-4 hours continuously, frequent standing, walking, bending, squatting, kneeling, stair climbing, reaching forward or overhead, twisting, quick directional changes

  • Lift, carry, and push patients in bed or wheelchairs (manage weights of 50+ lbs independently and/or 200+ lbs with assistance), manage/carry heavy equipment

  • Have sufficient endurance to sustain performance of a variety of exertional activities for up to 8-12 hours with occasional rest breaks

  • Accurately and efficiently perform diagnostic procedures without violation of the testing protocol

  • Ability to safely move oneself and a patient in three-dimensional space in the performance of motor function tests, transfers, and physical therapy interventions

  • Fine motor ability and eye-hand coordination to accurately manipulate commonly used instruments and equipment (exercise and testing equipment, physical agents, durable medical equipment, assistive and adaptive devices)

  • Demonstrate adequate coordination, balance, speed, and agility to ensure patient safety at all times including the ability to assist with and provide physical support during ambulatory activities on level (diverse floor surfaces – tile, carpet, concrete) and unlevel surfaces (stairs, ramps, grass, curbs)

  • Provide emergency care in a timely manner including performance of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, use of an automated external defibrillator, and applying pressure to stop bleeding

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