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Pre-Admission Observation Hours Task Force

Purpose: Explore current practices and perceptions on use of pre-admission observation/volunteer hours and make recommendations to ACAPT membership.

  • Conduct a review of the literature within and outside of physical therapy about pre-admission exposure requirements, benefits, challenges, and alternatives
  • Obtain data regarding current practices of physical therapist (PTEP) and physical therapist assistant education programs regarding required and recommended pre-application observation/volunteer hours
  • Analyze data on current practices regarding pre-application observation/volunteer hours
  • Solicit perspectives from academic programs, clinical sites, and students regarding needs/importance to augment what is known through literature review
  • Develop recommendations for future practices regarding required/recommended observation/volunteer hours
  • Propose alternative strategies to accomplish identified stakeholder needs, as indicated
  • Submit interim reports as required, and a final report to the ACAPT Board upon conclusion of task force work


Chair is Peggy Gleeson, PT, PhD and below are other taskforce members:

  1. Jamie Bayliss, PT, MPT, DHSc
  2. Lara Canham, PT, DPT, OCS
  3. Yvonne Colgrove, PT, PhD
  4. Jamie Greco, PT, DPT, EdD
  5. Ha Hoang, PT, PhD
  6. Shannon Hughes, PT, DPT, EdD
  7. Hiroshi Kiyota, PT, DPT, OCS
  8. Mira Mariano, PT, PhD
  9. Gavin McBride, SPT
  10. Casey McCarthy, SPT
  11. Colette Pientok, PT, DPT, OCS
  12. Judi Schack-Dugre, PT, DPT, MBA, EdD
  13. Laura Stephens, PT, DPT, NCS
  14. Molly Watkins, PT, DPT
  15. Emma Wheeler, PT, DPT, MS

 Below are the Advisory Group members:

  1. Elsa Drevyn, PT, DPT
  2. Jane Eason, PT, PhD
  3. Robin Galley, PT, DPT, OCS
  4. Jamie Kuettel, PT, DPT, NCS, GCS


Work Plan

  • At least monthly meetings (primarily virtual and in person at major national conferences)
  • May develop subgroups to accomplish parts of the task force charge efficiently
  • Will report progress/status to the Board of Directors as requested

*Timeline: 1 year

  • January 2020: 1st conference call
  • February 2020: in-person meeting at CSM
  • February-April 2020: literature review and survey development (as indicated)
  • April-June 2020: stakeholder engagement
  • June-August 2020: analysis and development of recommendations
  • August-October 2020: preparation of final report to ACAPT Board
  • October 2020: presentation of recommendations to membership at ELC 2020

*Taskforce may be extended to implement recommendations as indicated/requested by Board.


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