Physical therapy students gain relevant, hands-on experience in the Standardized Performance Assessment Laboratory (SPAL).

SPAL lets faculty assess Doctor of Physical Therapy students' skills, attitudes and provider/patient relationships in a real-world setting.

SPAL allows physical therapy students to enhance communication and diagnostic reasoning skills before working with patients in clinical settings.

SPAL facility

  • 12 clinical examination rooms - each equipped with a digital audio/video camera, intercom system, one-way glass for observation and two computers for faculty and standardized patients to complete evaluations
  • Control room - where all 12 rooms are timed, monitored and video captured
  • Rooms for post-encounter documentation and debriefing
  • Video streaming - allows students to view and critique their own encounters online while on campus

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