Physical Therapy Professional Foundations: Keys to Success in School and Career / Edition 1

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Physical Therapy Professional Foundations: Keys to Success in School and Career is a comprehensive new text that provides an in-depth guide for physical therapy students from the start of their education to clinical practice. This user-friendly text begins as the students enter the educational program, offering an introduction to the physical therapy profession and current issues in physical therapy. The author offers practical strategies for students as they progress through professional education including financial considerations, professional behavior, performance expectations, legal and ethical issues as well as requirements and challenges faced during the transition from school to career. Special coverage of concerns of re-entry students, students with disabilities, and students with English as a second language are also addressed. Physical Therapy Professional Foundations: Keys to Success in School and Career is a valuable resource for new graduate physical therapists as they prepare for and begin their careers. Topics that will assist them in this important stage are preparation for the licensure examination, entering the job market, common challenges for new graduate physical therapists, and planning for career development. This essential text contains numerous references and resources to provide opportunities for further research and professional development from such publications as the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice. This simple and straightforward approach will provide the keys to success for students in the field of physical therapy, as well as a reference and resource for physical therapy faculty and practicing clinicians. Additional Topics Covered Inside: Learning and skill acquisition. Personal management decisions. Evidence-based practice and critical thinking. Interprofessional collaboration. Student roles in the American Physical Therapy Association.

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Editorial Reviews

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“…This is an easy-to-read, basic compendium of almost every issue and concern related to a physical therapy education and beginning a career.” — Peggy Torpey, MPT, Advance for Physical Therapists and PT Assistants

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556424113
  • Publisher: SLACK, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen Curtis, PhD, PT
Dr. Kathleen Curtis is a professor in the Physical Therapy Department at California State University, Fresno, where she teaches courses in research methods, professional development, health services administration, health behavior, and patient-practitioner communication. In addition to her responsibilities at California State University, Fresno, she is also an educational consultant with Health Directions, her own consulting firm. Dr. Curtis received her bachelor of science in physical therapy at Northeastern University. She received her master's degree in health science from San Jose State University and received her doctorate in education at University of California, Los Angeles.

Her background includes a wide variety of experiences in clinical practice, staff development and supervision, clinical research, and clinical and academic teaching. Her interests include methods to enhance career development and longevity of professionals in the rehabilitation fields. She administers an annual outcomes assessment in the Physical Therapy Department at California State University, Fresno. She coauthored and currently serves on the advisory board of California State University, Fresno's Certificate of Advanced Study in Interprofessional Collaboration, the first post-baccalaureate program of its kind in the country.

She has published extensively in rehabilitation literature and serves as a manuscript reviewer for several journals. She was recently awarded the California Physical Therapist Faculty Research Award for her study on helping behavior in physical therapists.

She has been teaching clinical education and career development workshops for the past 14 years and has trained more than 3500 clinical instructors and coordinators in the United States and Canada. In addition to teaching workshops, she published a six-module volume, Training Programs for Clinical Instructors, which is currently in use in more than 500 hospitals, colleges, and universities across the United States and Canada.

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Table of Contents


Part One The Physical Therapy Profession in the Changing World
Chapter 1: The Profession of Physical Therapy
Chapter 2: The Changing World and the Future of Physical Therapy
Chapter 3: The Evolving Roles of the Physical Therapist 
Part Two Becoming a Physical Therapist
Chapter 4: Financing Physical Therapy Education
Chapter 5: A Primer on Physical Therapist Education
Chapter 6: Professional Behavior
Chapter 7: Student Performance Evaluation
Chapter 8: Professional Presentations, Papers, and Projects 
Part Three Essentials for Success of Physical Therapy Students
Chapter 9: Managing the Learning Process
Chapter 10: Will I Do Well Enough?
Chapter 11: Taking Control: Self-Management Strategies
Chapter 12: Legal and Ethical Considerations for Physical Therapy Students 
Part Four Support for Special Student Needs
Chapter 13: Students With Disabilities
Chapter 14: English is Not My First Language
Chapter 15: Re-Entry and Second-Career Students 
Part Five Planting the Seeds for a Bright Future
Chapter 16: Critical Thinking and Evidence-Based Practice
Chapter 17: Information Competence
Chapter 18: Diversity and Cultural Competence in Physical Therapy
Chapter 19: Collaboration: You’re on the Team!
Chapter 20: Student Involvement in the American Physical Therapy Association
Chapter 21: Attending Professional Conferences 
Part Six First Steps into the Profession of Physical Therapy
Chapter 22: Preparing for Licensure
Chapter 23: Entering the Job Market
Chapter 24: Challenges for the New Graduate
Chapter 25: Planning for Professional Development 

Appendix A: Model Definition of Physical Therapy for State Practice Acts
Appendix B: APTA Code of Ethics and Guide for Professional Conduct
Appendix C: APTA Standards of Ethical Conduct for the Physical Therapist Assistant
Appendix D: APTA Standards of Practice for Physical Therapy and the Accompanying Criteria

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