Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)


Physical Therapy

First Advisor

Henry C. Wessman


Physical Therapy -- standards


The purpose of this study was to thoroughly review the various documentation requirements and uses in both clinical and educational settings, with the final outcome being to establish the documentation portion of the Guidelines for Physical Therapy Practice in the Educational/School Setting for the State of North Dakota.

A thorough search was made of national and state level requirements, educational setting guidelines from other states, and the uses of the problem-oriented medical record.

A good understanding of the problem-oriented medical record format is invaluable as a communication tool which can be effectively applied in either setting. The use of monthly flow sheets with monthly revisions of short-term objectives will facilitate validation that appropriate programming is being provided.

Documentation requirements as outlined by a school district are often inadequate when applied to the practice of physical therapy.