Development of a Student Clinical Education Program in Home Health


The purpose of this session is to discuss the process of creating a student program roadmap and toolkit that is useful for both academic institutions and home health agencies. The Roadmap and toolkit will be discussed in detail for the participants to understand applicability of the roadmap and toolkit to design and implement a student program in home health or to improve and standardize existing programs. The roadmap and toolkit provides direction for how to initiate a program from either the clinical or academic setting.

Methods and/or Description of Project

The Home Health Section formed a Student Program Task Force charged with exploring the elements necessary for clinical education to be fostered in the home health practice setting. The task force created a roadmap including the legal, academic, clinical elements required when developing a student program in home health and the related affiliation agreements with academic institutions. The benefits and challenges of developing a student program are explored and solutions offered. The steps involved are discussed for both the academic and clinical settings to quickly implement a program that meets the objectives of clinical education of academic and healthcare organizations such as placement of students in a program with low student to clinical instructor ratios, provide for a clinical experience that is diversified and challenging to the student allowing for clinical decision making skills to be explored in a 1:1 instructor:student model.


The participants will receive the Home Health Section's Student Roadmap and Toolkit for use in their places of work. The roadmap and toolkit were reviewed prior to finalization and branding of the resource by both the Education Section and ACAPT members for input and peer review.

Conclusions/Relevance to the conference theme: Shaping the Future of Physical Therapy Education

This course will incorporate the clinical experience using the International Classification of Function, Disability and Health (ICF) and allow the student a bio-psychosocial approach to patient management. Providing clinical education in the home setting, students have an opportunity to directly develop the skills required to use the ICF effectively in the home health setting or any setting the choose to work in following graduation. This session will demonstrate how clinical educators may use the ICF to directly identify barriers and facilitators that will impact the patient's and the behavior changes sought by the practicing clinician.


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Course Objectives

Describe the benefits of having a student clinical education program roadmap and toolkit for the student, academic setting, and home care agency.
List the steps involved when developing and implementing a student program in a home health agency for the home health agency and the academic physical therapy program.
Describe how the ICF may be used by clinical educators to identify barriers and facilitators and develop the bio-psychosocial approach to the provision of physical therapy.

Instructional Methods

Lecture, Panel Discussion, Question and Answer

Tentative Outline/Schedule

15 Minutes – Introduction/Background
20 Minutes – Development of Student Program Roadmap
20 Minutes – Advancing Clinical Education in Home Health
20 Minutes – Exploring Student Program Toolkit
15 Minutes – Conclusion/Questions and Answers

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  • Control #: 2285692
  • Type: Educational Session
  • Event/Year: ELC2015
  • Authors: Dr. Kenneth Miller, Tracey Collins, Bill Anderson, Michele Berman, Shari Mayer
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