Eastern Washington University, Department of Physical Therapy, endeavors to select applicants who have the ability to become competent physical therapists. As an accredited physical therapy program, the Department of Physical Therapy adheres to the standards and guidelines of the Commission on Accreditation for Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association. Admission and retention decisions are based not only on prior satisfactory academic achievement but also on nonacademic factors that serve to ensure that the candidate can complete the essential functions of the program required for graduation.
In November 1999, the Eastern Washington University, Department of Physical Therapy, adopted the following essential functions for admission, promotion, and graduation for its entry-level professional program. Physical therapy is an intellectually, physically, and psychologically demanding profession. It is during the rigorous three-year curriculum that the student begins to develop the qualities needed to practice physical therapy. Students acquire the foundation of knowledge, attitudes, skills, and behaviors needed throughout the physical therapist’s professional career. Those abilities that physical therapists must possess to practice safely are reflected in the essential functions that follow.
Candidates for the degree must be able to meet these minimum standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, for successful completion of degree requirements (see “Reasonable Accommodation.”)