DPT 6205 - Community ClinicCredits: 2 Hrs.
This course is designed to give students early access to patient care in order to practice interpersonal skills necessary to succeed in the clinic, to orient students to clinical care and observe clinical physical therapy care. Students will attend assigned clinic hours (9 hours through the semester) as well as 12 lecture hours covering various topics designed to better equip the student to deliver therapeutic skills in a more informed, holistic and empathetic way. This course provides lecture, small group discussions, group and individual projects concerning the sick role, communication, cultural differences, spirituality, elderly, and death and dying. Emphasis will be placed on the health-care worker’s understanding of the effects of psychosocial factors on the rehabilitation process; interactions that facilitate wellness and developing interpersonal communication skills.