Clinical Practicum IV

I.     Course Prefix/Number: PTA 262

       Course Name: Clinical Practicum IV

       Credits: 3 (1 lecture; 15 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

PTA 218, PTA 220, PTA 230, PTA 242 and PTA 261 with minimum grade of C in all courses.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course is a six-week summer practicum, each week 40 hours or a total of 240 contact hours. Work experience is continued, stressing comprehensive performance. Content of lectures specifically relates to preparation for the licensing exam. Includes both study strategies and comprehensive reviews.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Upon completion of the clinical experience the student will:
    1. Perform physical therapy interventions under the general supervision of a licensed physical therapist and/or assistant in a safe, legal and ethical manner.
      1. consistently proficient at complex or simple tasks.
      2. routinely assess patient status before and after treatment and communicate pertinent information to the clinical instructor.
      3. read and follow the physical therapy evaluation and plan of care prior to treating the patient.
      4. progress patient within the plan of care.
      5. contribute to discharge planning and follow-up care.
    2. Ensure safety of self and others in the provision of care in all situations.
    3. Prepare and maintain a safe working environment at all times.
    4. Know and follow the clinical facility policies and procedures that pertain to health, safety and confidentiality of patients and staff.
    5. Manage a caseload which is 95-100% of the expected productivity for an entry level PTA working in the same facility.
    6. Consistently communicate in a professional manner with patients, their families, colleagues and other facility personnel.
    7. Independently prepare patient care documentation in an organized, timely, accurate, legible and complete manner using the format of the assigned clinical facility and consistent with institutional, legal, and billing requirements.
    8. Collaborate with other healthcare professionals, patients, their families in providing a team approach to the delivery of patient care.
    9. Display sensitivity to cultural, age and gender differences of patients, families and other professionals encountered in the clinical setting.
    10. Organize self and environment using effective planning, time management, utilization of support personnel, and safety consciousness.
    11. Maintain professional appearance, behavior and interactions:
      1. adhere to facility dress code.
      2. display punctuality, industry and self-discipline.
      3. accept responsibility for own behavior.
      4. place patient’s needs above own self interest.
    12. Consistently proficient at problem solving for clinical and professional issues utilizing appropriate resources.
    13. Assist with other clinical duties as assigned; ie. billing, scheduling, messages, etc.
    14. Engage in self-assessment and seek assistance for improvement as needed.
  2. Upon completion of the lecture the student will:
    1. Integrate knowledge previously learned in science, general education and PTA courses and relate to patient care and other clinical situations encountered in the clinical setting.
    2. Refine clinical problem solving skills.
    3. Prepare and organize self for taking the licensing exam.
    4. Utilize objective communication skills.
    5. Discuss current issues in physical therapy delivery systems.
  3. Throughout both the clinical and lecture portions of the course the student will:
    1. Demonstrate understanding and acceptance of their own strengths and weaknesses and the scope of their abilities in the delivery of patient care.
    2. Discuss concerns about patients or clinical facility with the appropriate persons, i.e. clinical instructor or academic faculty.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
www.oakton.edu/studentlife/student-handbook.pdf

VI.   Sequence of Topics

Lecture portion of the course:

  1. Orientation to D2L
  2. Licensing exam preparation
    1. Comprehensive review
    2. Practice tests
  3. Ongoing clinical discussion of pertinent clinical situations and patient issues.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

The lecture portion of the course will be primarily lecture/discussion delivered mainly via D2L.


Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Lecture
    1. Lecture portion of course will be taught online.
    2. Students are required to complete on-line practice exams and post discussions each week via D2L.
    3. Keep daily clinical journal describing interventions seen, treatment outcomes, and personal reflections.
  2. Clinical Experience (40 hours per week average)
    1. Attend all scheduled days and times of clinical totaling 240 hours.
    2. All absences from clinicals must be made up before a final grade is given in the course. In case of a clinical absence, call the supervisor at the facility and the course instructor. Clinical make-ups are at the convenience of the supervisor.
    3. The times and days of the affiliation are not to be changed without approval of Oakton’s Academic Clinical Coordinator.
    4. Implement tasks and activities as assigned by the clinical instructor – working towards meeting clinical learning objectives.
    5. Abide by the clinical facility policies, including dress, infection control, etc.
    6. The completed evaluation of the facility is to be turned in at the end of the semester.
    7. The facility clinical supervisor will discuss and complete the evaluation at mid-term and end of semester. This is to be turned in at the end of the semester.
    8. Supervisory visits will be made at mid-term by clinical coordinator or a PTA faculty member.
  3. Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

  1. D2L
  2. Sample test questions
  3. Text: Giles, Scott, Scorebuilders: Complete Study Guide

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

  1. Clinical progress notes
  2. Sample test questions
  3. Journal entries
  4. Discussion postings
  5. Clinical visits and reports by Oakton Community College faculty
  6. Clinical evaluations by clinical instructor (70%)

Grades will be determined as follows:
A: 90 – 100%
B: 80 – 89.9%
C: 70 – 79.9%

Clinical grades with constitute 70% and lecture 30% of the final grade. Final grades will not be “rounded up”. Students must earn a minimum of 70% each in both the lecture component and the clinical component to pass the course.

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services.  To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus.  All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements.  The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.



If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.