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Professionalism and Physical Therapy

Professionalism is expected by those who are trained to do a job well and is demonstrated when that professional uses skill, good judgment, and polite behavior expected from a professional.1 Epstein and Hundert2 define professional competence as "...the habitual and judicious use of communication, knowledge, technical skills, clinical reasoning, emotions, values, and reflection in daily practice for the benefit of the individual and community being served. "

The American Physical Therapy Association has compiled several documents that describe the professional conduct expected of a Physical Therapist. These documents include:  

This set of documents guide professional physical therapist practice and focus on the 5 roles of a practicing physical therapist. As these documents form the basis upon which Professionalism in Physical Therapy is examined, you should be familiar with the information each contains. As you complete your graduate DPT education and step into your professional role- or your 'professional you', you will be held to the standards outlined in these documents. This process of growing into your 'professional you' will require you to participate in activities where you can try on these behaviors, assess the effect of your action, then plan your action when the next opportunity comes along.

Self Assessment Document (for current students and applicants use) * Applicants, please use this document to help assess your strengths and growth areas in preparation for your essays on your Graduate Studies (Supplemental ) Application.  


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