Considerations for Practice Opportunities and Professional Development

This comprehensive resource provides students, graduates/new hires, PTs, and PTAs with questions and resources to assess practice or work opportunities and professional development. Questions are organized into four areas: financial considerations, professional development considerations, ethical and legal considerations, and quality of care considerations.

Use these questions in preparation for an interview and when seeking a position.

Primary questions addressed include:

Financial Considerations

  • How is the facility/practice managed?
  • What opportunities are associated with practice equity and ownership?
  • What are the compensation and benefit incentives?

Professional Development Considerations

  • Is professional development valued?
  • Is there a process for mentorship?
  • Are there opportunities to expand physical therapy programs and services?

Ethical and Legal Considerations

  • What business practices are used by the facility/practice?
  • Do PTs have control over all clinical decisions related to physical therapy?
  • How are PTAs, aides, and other support staff utilized in this facility/practice?

Quality of Care Considerations

  • What are the PT's/PTA's responsibilities in the facility/practice?
  • Do PTs and PTAs provide input into policy development and operational management of issues related to quality of care, continuity of care, and patient-staff ratios?
  • How does the facility/practice recognize the value of PTs and PTAs on clinical care quality and patient outcomes?

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