All students in the physical therapy department must be able to perform the essential clinical as well as academic requirements, as the overall curricular objectives are to prepare students to practice in their chosen field. These standards are applicable in the classroom, laboratories, simulated clinical settings and while on clinical education assignments. The purpose of this document is to assure that all students entering the physical therapy program know and understand the requirements, and can make informed decisions regarding their pursuit of this profession. Students must be able to meet these standards with or without reasonable accommodations.
Physical therapists must have the capacity to observe and communicate; demonstrate sufficient gross and fine motor ability to perform physical diagnostic examinations and interventions; physical strength, dexterity, agility, and endurance; emotional stability to exercise good judgment and to work effectively in potentially stressful situations; and intellectual ability to synthesize data and solve problems.
Procedures for Implementation of Essential Functions for Physical Therapy Practice
- All applicants will be referred to the Department of Physical Therapy Essential Functions upon application to the program.
- Accepted students (and parents/guardians if student is <18 years of age) will review the Department of Physical Therapy Essential Functions and sign the Affidavit entitled, Essential Functions for Physical Therapy Practice before the beginning of the first semester in the physical therapy program. Students with documented disability may meet with personnel from Student Accessibility Services to sign the Affidavit.
- The document will be reviewed with students throughout the program in related courses (i.e., Professional Development and Preclinical Conference I-IV).
The Ithaca College student handbook details services available to students with disabilities (http://www.ithaca.edu/attorney/policies/vol7/Volume_7-70103.htm#70103). Services and accommodations for students with disabilities are coordinated by Student Accessibility Services.
The Manager and specialists of Student Accessibility Services are available during College business hours to assist students in accessing reasonable accommodations and in determining which accommodations are appropriate. The nature and extent of a student's disability must be documented by a physician or health care professional. The presence of a specific learning disability must be documented by a psychologist or learning disabilities specialist. Students with psychological/emotional disabilities can obtain documentation from either a psychiatrist or a licensed psychologist. Students seeking accommodations are required to meet with personnel in the Student Accessibility Services each semester to discuss accommodations for the current semester. If a student has not identified to the office by providing documentation on his/her disability and consented to the limited sharing of information regarding the disability, she/he will not be eligible to receive accommodations. Students, parents, faculty and staff members are encouraged to call at any time to discuss issues related to access or in supporting students with disabilities
To allow auxiliary aids and services to be obtained or appropriate academic adjustments to be made by the start of the academic term, the student or prospective student who believes that he/she will need an academic adjustment/auxiliary aids and services must complete and return the Disability Identification Form with documentation of their disability Student Accessibility Services as soon as possible. Timely submission of materials is encouraged.
Accommodations identified after the start of the semester will be honored, but grades achieved prior to that time will remain unchanged. Ithaca College is unable to make accommodations that impose an undue burden, present a threat to the health or safety of the individual or others, or fundamentally alters the nature of the curriculum including didactic component, laboratory, patient simulations, and clinical education coursework.
Students must follow the procedural guidelines as written in the most recent edition of the Ithaca College Student Handbook (http://www.ithaca.edu/attorney/policies/vol7/Volume_7-70103.htm#70103) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (http://www.ada.gov/).