Chatham University

Technical Standards

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program at Chatham University prepares physical therapists who will serve as generalist practitioners. Graduates of the DPT Program must have the knowledge and skills to function in a variety of clinical settings and to render a wide spectrum of patient care. Thus, certain skills and abilities must be demonstrated in order to successfully complete both the didactic and clinical components of the curriculum with or without reasonable accommodations, regardless of disability status.

The Physical Therapy faculty have a dual responsibility for the welfare of the patients with whom students/graduates interact, and for the educational welfare of their students. The technical standards outlined below describe specific expectations for student performance in didactic and clinical environments. Inherent in these expectations is providing patient care within a time frame appropriate to the context of care. Individuals must be able to pass assessments throughout their course of study.

Students who believe they may need academic accommodations to fulfill these standards must contact the PACE Center at 412-365-1611 or pace@chatham.edu. At any time while enrolled in the DPT Program, if a student is having difficulty meeting the standards, the student must inform the Program Director at that time. After consultation, if it is deemed the student is in need of academic accommodations, they can contact the PACE Center.

To perform the essential functions of a physical therapist and succeed in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, the student must demonstrate abilities and skills including (but not limited to) those listed the five areas below:

Observational Skills

With or without reasonable accommodations, the student must demonstrate adequate sensory skills to:

Communication Skills

With or without reasonable accommodations, the student must demonstrate adequate communication skills to:

Psychomotor Skills

With or without reasonable accommodations, the student must demonstrate adequate psychomotor skills to:

Intellectual Skills

With or without reasonable accommodations, the student must demonstrate adequate intellectual and cognitive skills to:

Behavioral/Affective Skills

With or without reasonable accommodations, the student must demonstrate adequate behavioral and affective skills to:

Disability self-identification is voluntary and confidential. Chatham University offers reasonable accommodations for qualified, eligible students with disabilities. Please contact our Disability Support Services (412-365-1611) or visit the PACE web site for information regarding documentation guidelines.