Physical Therapy students will be required to:
- Complete a yearly physical examination including a TB skin test or chest X-ray. In addition, MMR, Hepatitis B, and other vaccinations are required.
- Have the capacity for performance of the technical standards (essential functions) and tasks required of a physical therapist.
- Pass periodic drug and alcohol screening and periodic criminal background checks (Missouri State Highway Patrol, Federal Bureau of Investigation, or other approved agency). These program requirements are the result of health organizations' requirements for placement at their clinical sites. Students will be financially responsible for security checks and drug/alcohol screens and for housing/transportation costs during clinical internships. Students who do not pass the appropriate screenings may not be able to complete the program or practice professionally.
- Maintain current professional liability insurance for the duration of the program.
- Maintain current health insurance for the duration of the program.
- Maintain current American Heart Association Basic Life Support Certification for the duration of the program.
- Maintain current membership in the American Physical Therapy Association for the duration of the program.
- Abide by the American Physical Therapy Association's Code of Ethics for the Physical Therapist (https://www.apta.org/uploadedFiles/APTAorg/About_Us/Policies/Ethics/CodeofEthics.pdf) and Guide for Professional Conduct (http://www.apta.org/uploadedFiles/APTAorg/Practice_and_Patient_Care/Ethics/GuideforProfessionalConduct.pdf).
- Abide by the policies and procedures for physical therapy students that are explained in the Handbook for Physical Therapy Students at Missouri State University. This handbook may be found online.
Academic and Clinical Standards
The Physical Therapy program enforces high academic standards and ethical behaviors. To remain in the program, students must earn a “C” or better in all academic courses or a pass when pass/not pass grading is used. A student who earns a “D” or “F” in any academic course in the curriculum, or receives more than 12 semester hours of “C” will be dismissed from the program. A student who earns a failing mark in a clinical internship may be dismissed from the program.