PT Central Student Resource


Course Description

This project form is part of the Physical Therapy Central resource page designed for physical therapy interns. It is dedicated to be a student learning resource and this portal is the go-to place for information for physical therapy interns.  The PTC clinical education committee will continue to resource the page and interns will add case reports. 

Course Instructors

Course Dates

July 2013 - ongoing

Instructions to Students

If you are about to start a clinical education rotation with Physical Therapy Central, then this is the place to start.  The content on this page will contain the basis information that you will be required to know when you begin your rotation as well as a resource for future learning and clinical development.  Please check out the pre internship content prior to your rotation start date. These modules direct your learning and further build your clinical skills during your clinical rotation. The modules contain articles, videos, and clinical reasoning exercises. Each module correlates with the CPI sections to ensure appropriate student performance and advancement. Each checklist should be completed and signed by your CI prior to moving on. The long-term students will be required to post their case studies. This physiopedia page is a work in progress and will keep you updated and informed. Welcome to Physical Therapy Central!

Print this itinerary to allow for quick assessment and tracking of upcoming assignments and due dates.

Pre Internship Content

Please read our intern manual and watch our orientation videos prior to your start date. The manual and videos inform you about who we are as a private practice group and defines what is expected of you during your clinical rotation. The Scan Exam lecture below is the last requirement of the pre internship content. With sound knowledge of the scan exam, one can smoothly screen for pathology to ensure patients are appropriate for the outpatient orthopedic setting.

Week 1 - Integrating Customer Service, Professionalism, & Communication into the Patient History

Week 2 - Clinical Reasoning

Week 3 - Screening & Scanning

Week 4 - Examination & Evaluation

Week 5 - Diagnosis & Prognosis

Week 6 - Interventions

Additional References:

Week 7 - Outcome Assessment

Videos to Watch

Case Studies

Students that are completing clinical rotations with PTC each submit a case study, they are presented below:

Student Palooza 2017

Pre-course Content:

Course Content (PDFs):

Related Content:


  1. Chen, Pauline W. "The Hidden Curriculum of Medical School." The New York Times 2 Feb. 2009: 1+. Web. 12 July 2014
  2. Frankel, Richard M., and Terry Stein. "Getting the most out of the clinical encounter: The four habits model." The Permanente Journal 3.3 (1999): 9. Web. < l >.
  3. Fritz, Julie M., Joshua A. Cleland, and John D. Childs. "Subgrouping Patients with low back pain: evolution of a classification approach to physical therapy." JOSPT 37.6 (2007): 290-302. Print.
  4. Rabin, Alon, Anat Shashua, Koby Pizem, Ruthy Dickstein, and Gali Dar. "A clinical prediction rule to identify patients with low back pain who are likely to experience short term success following lumbar stabilization exercises: A randomized controlled validation study." JOSPT 44.1 (2014): 6-18. Print.
  5. Schaik, Paul van, Darren Flynn, Anna van Wersch, Andrew Douglass, and Paul Cann. "Influence of illness script components and medical practice on medical decision making." Journal of experimental psychology: Applied 11.3 (2005): 187-99. Print.
  6. Stanton, Tasha R., Julie M. Fritz, Mark J. Hancock, Jane Latimer, and Christopher G. Maher. "Evulation of a treatment based classification algorithm for low back pain: A cross sectional study." Physical Therapy 91.4 (2011): 1-14. Print.
  7. Sueki, Derrick G., Joshua A. Cleland, and Robert S. Wainner. "A regional interdependence model of musculoskeletal dysfunction: research, mechanisms, and clinical implications." Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy 21.2 (2013): 90-102. Print.