Characteristics Of Professionalism

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Developing professional behavior as a student in a doctor of physical therapist degree program, is helping to lay the foundation of becoming a professional in physical therapy after graduating. Working with physical therapists, as a rehabilitation aide, I have first-hand experience of professionalism in the context of being a physical therapist. Knowing when it is okay to have fun and when a more serious manor is necessary is one of the characteristics of professionalism to me. When the therapists are working with patients they have to find a balance of having fun and building rapport with patients but staying professional in the process. Being a student, finding that balance is also very important. Being able to have fun with the professors and your classmates is important since you are going to be spending the majority of your time with them throughout the doctorate degree program. Similar to being a physical therapist, there are going to be times throughout the three years of the doctorate program that a more professional and serious manor is necessary. Professionalism is having respect for your classmates and professors. During undergraduate classes, I think some students take the curriculum a little less serious,…show more content…
Even though we may all have different definitions, what is the most important is that each of those students hold themselves accountable for being the most professional student possible. Making sure the students are making their classes their top priority and are trying to learn the content to the best of their ability in order to become the best practitioners possible in efforts to provide the best care to patients is hopefully a part of everyone’s idea of what it means to be a professional as a student in the doctorate in physical therapy degree
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