Technical Standards

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Technical Standards for Admission & Matriculation

In accordance with Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the administration and faculty of Campbell Universities Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program have established the essential non-academic functions for students to participate.

The admissions committee will consider applicants who demonstrate the ability to perform, or learn, the essential skills listed in this document.  Campbell University must confirm patients are not placed in danger by students with impaired intellectual, physical, or emotional functions.  Students will be evaluated in all the areas listed below to meet requirements for admission, continuation, promotion, and graduation from the DPT program.  The use of an intermediary, a person trained to perform essential skills on behalf of the student, is not permitted.

Upon admission, a student who discloses in writing a properly certified disability may receive reasonable accommodation, however, he/she must be able to perform the essential functions within the curriculum and the described standards listed below.  Formal disclosure should be made in the Office of Student Support Services, 227 Main Street, Buies Creek, NC 27506. 

Candidates for admission to and matriculation from the Campbell DPT program should possess, at a minimum, the following abilities:

Behavioral/Social Skills and Professionalism
Students in the Campbell University DPT program must demonstrate attributes of empathy, compassion, integrity, collegiality, high moral character, excellent interpersonal communication, listening, and self-motivation, as such qualities are assessed throughout the program.  Students must exhibit sound judgment in the care of patients and academic inquiry along with developing appropriate and effective patient relations.  Flexibility and cultural sensitivity must be ensured during times of indecision as these occur frequently in clinical and academic settings.  Additionally, students must be able to function in a collegial environment demonstrating proper levels of assertiveness, task delegation, along with organization and time management skills.  Adequate emotional health is necessary to deal with strenuous environments and work effectively in demanding situations. Students must maintain good general health, self-care, and hygiene throughout the program and agree to abide by the American Physical Therapy Associations code of ethics and professional behavior.

Intellectual/Conceptual, Integrative, and Qualitative Skills
Students in the Campbell University DPT program must demonstrate the ability to utilize computer technology.  Students must be able to interpret and comprehend three-dimensional and spatial relationships of body structures. Proper reasoning requires students to measure, calculate, analyze, and synthesize information pertinent to problem solving and establishing a PT diagnosis.  The aforementioned skills allow students to create proper assessments and sound judgment necessary for correct decisions in rehabilitative intervention and documentation of patient outcomes.  Recognize the impact of disability and dysfunction while integrating the needs of patient/family into the plan of care.

Communication Skills
Students in the Campbell University DPT program must be able communicate and comprehend the English language in written, oral, and electronic forms with faculty and classmates in academic settings along with members of healthcare team and patients in clinical/professional settings.  Examples of communications skills may include speaking, writing, hearing, and reading.  The ability to elicit information regarding mood/affect, alertness, activity, movement, function, and non-verbal behavior are essential. 

Sensory/Observational Skills
Students in the Campbell University DPT program must be able to observe cadaveric dissection, wounds, burns, pelvis and perineum and other potentially unsettling tasks throughout the curriculum.  Students must be able to observe patients to obtain a history directly from the patient or guardian.  Such observation requires use of vision, hearing, and other somatosensory modalities.

Motor Skills
Students in the Campbell University DPT program must demonstrate adequate strength and endurance along with fine and gross motor skills to perform frequent lifting, twisting, bending, kneeling, pushing/pulling necessary with patient transfers, gait, assessment, and intervention.  The ability to safely assist patients with ambulatory activities and stand for prolonged periods of time is essential.  Candidates must have sufficient manual dexterity to write, type, grasp, pinch, hold, push, pull, lift, and palpate.  Students must be able to ensure patient safety at all times.  Students must be able to successfully perform dissection, debridement, auscultation, percussion, and wound/burn management along with performance of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use of an automated external defibrillator (AED).  These actions require coordination of many sensory systems (vision, hearing, equilibrium, touch).