Healthcare Policy, Practice, and Regulation in the United States
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The main objective of this online course is to provide foundational knowledge of the complexities and nuances of physical therapy policy, practice, and regulation in the United States that are critical to moving towards licensure and then practice. The goal of this 10-week online course is to provide internationally educated physical therapists with an overview of the health care system across the United States, and the culture and context in which physical therapy is practiced. It is assumed that participants in this online course are individuals who are seeking to establish physical therapy educational equivalency in the United States, and who subsequently are planning to sit for the National Physical Therapy licensure exam.
In this course, learners will be exposed to a diverse range of topics including; cultural competence, the role of the federal and provincial governments, acts and regulations guiding PT practice, and client-centered care in a variety of PT roles and settings. Successful participants will earn 2.0 Duke University credits.
This online course takes place over a 10-week period and is facilitated by instructors who are experienced in online learning and health care professional practice in the United States. A different topic is covered during each week, and participants are required to complete the weekly readings, watch videos, and participate in a discussion forum with the other members of their class. Participants should expect to spend a minimum of 5-10 hours a week on the course.
The course consists of 10 individual but linked sessions:
Federal and State Governments Roles in Health Care
Administrative Models of Care
Use and Supervision of Support Staff
Determinants of Health Promotion, Wellness, and Prevention
Client-Centered Care Models
Ethics in the Profession of physical therapy
Transition to the Workplace
Online evaluation, Reflection, and Feedback
This course is open to internationally educated physical therapists that meet the English Language requirements below. Proof of graduation from a physical therapy education program, and/or licensure if applicable, is a requirement to participate in this course. Participants will also need to ensure that they will have full access to a laptop or desktop computer during the course (using a phone or tablet is not sufficient), and full 24/7 access to high-speed internet.
English proficiency is an absolute minimum standard and is critical for success in this course and for practice as a physical therapist across the United States. While are no specific requirements for English language proficiency to participate in this course (i.e. TOEFL), however, it is expected that all applicants will be fluent in reading, writing, and speaking in the English language. There will not be any special provisions given to participants who fail to keep pace with the course, or with their fellow participants, because of English language difficulties. All participants are expected to self-assess their competency in English prior to beginning this course.
Features of this online course
The course runs over a 10-week period.
Participants will use Canvas as the learning platform.
Participants will be able to learn at their own pace, at the time of day that suits them during the week.
Administration fee: $50 (non-refundable).
Course fee: $750
Total fees for the course: $800 USD
The course will be canceled and refunds are given if there is insufficient registration. If you withdraw from the course before the start date you will receive your $750 course fee as a refund. There is no refund if you withdraw after the start of the course.
The program has determined that its curriculum meets the state educational requirements for licensure or certification in all states, the District of Colombia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands secondary to its accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, based on the following: CAPTE accreditation of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant program satisfies state educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Thus, students graduating from CAPTE-accredited physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education programs are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, refer to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy website at www.fsbpt.org. The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Duke University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Avenue, Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone 703-706-3245; email: email@example.com; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 919-681-4380 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.