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

Upon completion of the clinical experience the student will:

  1. Perform evidence-based physical therapy interventions under the supervision of  a licensed  physical therapist and/or assistant in a safe, legal and ethical   manner; consistent with the APTA’s Values Based Behaviors, as follows;
    1. Refine skills acquired throughout the program.
    2. Routinely assess patient status before and after treatment and communicate pertinent information to the clinical instructor based on patient feedback and performance.
    3. Follow the physical therapy evaluation and plan of care prior to treating the patient.
    4. Correctly progress the patient through plan of care up until and including patient discharge.
    5. Be able to read and interpret the medical record and extract pertinent information.
    6. Administer standardized questionnaires to patients and others.
  2. Apply current knowledge, theory, and clinical judgment while considering the patient/client perspective and the environment, based on the plan of care established by the physical therapist.
  3. Follow the clinical facility’s policies and procedures that ensures health, safety and confidentiality of patients and staff.
  4. Nearing the end of the clinical rotation, manage a caseload which is at least 100% of the expected productivity for an entry-level PTA working at the same facility.
  5. Communicate in a professional manner with patients, their families, colleagues   and other facility personnel.
  6. Independently prepare patient care documentation in an organized manner
  7. Collaborate with other healthcare professionals, patients, their families in providing a team approach to the delivery of patient care, including patient discharge.
  8. Display sensitivity to cultural, age and gender differences of patients, families and other professionals encountered in the clinical setting.
  9. Effectively educate others using teaching methods that are commensurate with the needs of the patient, caregiver or healthcare personnel.
  10. Display professional behaviors as mandated by the APTA/IPTA.
  11. Initiate problem solving for clinical and professional issues utilizing appropriate resources.
  12. Assist with other clinical duties as assigned; ie. billing, scheduling, messages, etc.
  13. Recognize safety and barriers in the home, community and work environments.
  14. Identify and accept own strengths and weaknesses and the scope of abilities in the delivery of patient care.
  15. Discuss concerns about patients or clinical facility with the appropriate persons, i.e. clinical instructor or academic faculty.

Upon completion of the online classroom portion 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.
  1. Refine clinical problem solving skills.
  1. Prepare and organize self for taking the licensing exam by taking practice licensure tests.
  1. Utilize objective communication skills.
  1. Discuss current issues in physical therapy delivery systems.

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

VI.   Sequence of Topics

Lecture portion of the course:

  1. Orientation to D2L
  2. Licensing exam preparation
    1. Comprehensive review
    2. Oractice 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.

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

Students who inform the instructor in advance (at the beginning of the semester) of an intended absence for a MAJOR religious observance will not be penalized. However, instructors are not responsible for teaching material again and missed work, exams, or quizzes must be made up either in advance or immediately following the intended absence.

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

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.