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Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Spring A PHT 7943C: Clinical Internship 3A

Credits: 5

Contact Hours: 40+/-hours per week non-lecture (commensurate with full-time employee)

Class Schedule: Per Clinical Faculty

Instructors: Director of Clinical Education, Clinical Faculty Member, Assigned Academic Faculty Member


Course Description: Clinical Internship 3A targets a variety of clinical experiences based upon facility placement and patient population. Student assignments are individualized and based on the students’ areas of clinical interest, academic performance, and prior clinical education experiences and clinical performance. Students may be placed in inpatient hospital or rehabilitation settings, outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities, school or home care settings and/or other specialty practices. Experiences in these settings will provide the student with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the curriculum to any patient referred to physical therapy. Under the direct supervision of a clinical instructor, the student will begin to advance their hands-on clinical skills and further develop their critical thinking abilities. Students will practice in accordance with the American Physical Therapy Association Code of Ethics and Guide to Physical Therapist Practice


Prerequisites: Successful completion of previous courses in the DPT curriculum.


Clinical Prerequisites:

The following is required prior to clinical placement: 

  • Background Check completed through CastleBranch
  • 10-panel Drug Screen
  • Up-to-date BLS certification
  • Yearly health examination
  • MMR immunization proof
  • Tuberculosis check: Written proof of negative Tb skin test within twelve months, or chest xray within three years
  • Hepatitis B: Written proof of immunity via titer, or a signed waiver
  • Varicella: Written proof of immunity via titer
  • Tetanus/Diphtheria immunization
  • Professional Liability Insurance – provided by UNF
  • Additional requirements may be imposed by the clinical site.

Instructional Methods: Students receive clinical mentoring on site by a licensed physical therapist at their assigned clinical internship site. Students are expected to demonstrate adult learning behaviors by seeking out learning opportunities and clearly communicating goals and expectations to clinical mentors and faculty.


Course Accommodations: 

If for any reason students feel they will have difficulty meeting the objectives and expectations of this course, the student should notify the instructor within five (5) weekdays of the start of class so that accommodations may be implemented where indicated. Students with disabilities who seek reasonable accommodations in the classroom or other aspects of performing their coursework must first register with the UNF Student Accessibility Services (SAS) located in Building 57, Room 1500. SAS staff members work with students to obtain required documentation of disability and to identify appropriate accommodations as required by applicable disability laws including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). After receiving all necessary documentation, the SAS staff determines whether a student qualifies for services with the SAS and if so, the accommodations the student will be provided. SAS staff then prepares a letter for the student to provide faculty advising them of approved accommodations. For further information, contact SAS by phone (904) 620-2769, email ( , or visit the SAS website


Required Texts

  1. Guide to Physical Therapist Practice
  2. Clinical Performance Instrument Web training completed 
  3. Copy of the APTA Student Site Evaluation Form
  4. Copy of the inservice evaluation form

Recommended Texts:

Students will benefit from utilizing materials and texts associated with previous academic courses and course notes related to the student's particular type of internship. 


Grading Criteria:

The on-site clinical instructor will assess and document the student’s performance of skills and written and verbal communication with patients, families, and colleagues utilizing the CPI at midterm and during the final week of the internship. Students will also self-assess their clinical performance and professional behaviors using the CPI at midterm and during the final week. Students and Clinical Instructors should meet on an on-going basis throughout the internship to discuss goals and objectives, strengths and weaknesses, and to plan future learning experiences.

  1. Satisfactory completion of all prerequisite requirements as outlined above. Immunizations and certifications must be in compliance with site policies.
  2. Attendance at scheduled clinical internship sessions.
  3. Timely completion of all written or oral assignments by the DCE/CCCE/CI.
  4. Completion of an inservice on a topic selected in consultation with the CI or DCE, or an educational or administrative project, as required.
  5. Completion and submission of documentation provided to the DCE according to deadlines provided. Documentation includes, but is not limited to: reflection assignments, midterm and final CPI completed and signed by student and the CI, inservice evaluation if performed and, Student Evaluation of Clinical Experience.
  6. Satisfactory completion of performance criteria on the CPI as determined by the DCE in conjunction with the CI. DCE to determine final grade
  7. No “unresolved significant concerns” indicated by the CI on the CPI.

Attendance and Punctuality

Attendance is mandatory for scheduled work hours with the CI. These hours may vary according to the facility. Any absences must be reported to the DCE on or before the day of occurrence. Students may be required to make up absences. Multiple absences may result in termination of the clinical rotation and failure in the course. Students must be punctual throughout the internship. Failure to comply will result in termination of the clinical rotation and failure in the course.


Academic Integrity Code And Academic Misconduct Policies:

Students are expected to abide by the graduate school’s policy on academic integrity. The academic integrity of UNF and the Physical Therapy Program will be strictly enforced. Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: Cheating, Fabrication and Falsification, Multiple Submissions, Plagiarism, Abuse of Academic Materials, and Complicity in Academic Dishonesty. Adherence to this policy is consistent with behaviors expected of a health care professional and reinforces the APTA Code of Ethics that forms the foundation for ethical practice of physical therapy. Failure to abide by the UNF policy on academic integrity will result in immediate dismissal from the Physical Therapy Program.


Grading Scale:

This course will be graded on a pass/fail basis. Students must show satisfactory completion and submission of all documentation noted in the Grading Criteria section of this syllabus.


Notification of DCE/ADCE:

If at any time a student suspects a potential or current problem within the clinical rotation, the DCE should be notified as soon as possible. Failure to do so may negatively impact the ability of the program to assist the student in the completion of a satisfactory rotation, and may ultimately delay the student’s graduation. 


Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to: 

  1. Maintain confidentiality by exchanging information only with appropriate professionals, and reviewing written documents in approved, secured areas according to the policy and procedures of the facility. (1.0) (CC-5.1, CC-5.3, CC-5.11)
  2. Consistently practice in a safe, professional, ethical, and legal manner. (3.0) (CC-5.1, CC-5.2, CC-5.3, CC-5.35, CC-5.4, CC-5.10, CC-5.11, CC-5.14)
  3. Consistently demonstrate professional interpersonal skills and communication; initiate review of effects of lapses by self or others on patient outcomes. (3.0) (CC-5.11, CC-5.17)
  4. Utilize time and resources efficiently and effectively with intermittent guidance by the Clinical Instructor. (3.0) (CC-5.11, CC-5.12)
  5. Participate in health promotion, wellness and prevention programs as appropriate. (3.0) (CC-5.5, CC5.50, CC-5.51, CC-5.52 CC-5.64)
  6. Educate others using relevant and effective teaching methods based on a needs assessment. (4.0) (CC5.26)
  7. Assess patient needs in order to appropriately refer and coordinate services with other healthcare providers as needed, in conjunction with the clinical instructor. (4.0) (CC-5.27)
  8. Direct and supervise PTAs and support personnel in an ethical and legal manner. (5.0) (CC-5.1, CC5.3, CC-5.11, CC-5.14, CC-5.40, CC-5.57)
  9. Consider reimbursement and regulatory issues when developing treatment plans, documentation, and billing. (6.0) (CC-5.2, CC-5.10, CC-5.34, CC-5.37, CC-5.42, CC-5.56)
  10. Integrate knowledge and skills from all previous academic and clinical coursework to perform screenings, examinations, and differential diagnosis on simple and complex patients. (6.0) (CC-5.27, CC-5.28, CC-5.30)
  11. Integrate knowledge and skills from all previous academic and clinical coursework to perform screening and examinations properly for increasingly complex patients. (6.0) (CC-5.27, CC-5.28, CC-5.30)
  12. Compose patient care plans utilizing clinical problem solving and professional judgment, with limited input from the clinical instructor. (6.0) (CC-5.19, CC-5.20, CC-5.31, CC-5.34, CC-5.35, CC-5.36)
  13. Synthesize skills in order to examine patients, evaluate findings, design and modify appropriate interventions, develop plan of care, and follow through in discharge planning and development of home exercise plans as an effective member of the healthcare team. (6.0) (CC-5.19, CC-5.20, CC5.29, CC-5.31, CC-5.32, CC-5.33, CC-5.34, CC-5.35, CC-5.36, CC-5.38, CC-5.39, CC-5.58)

Revised: June 2016