Standardized Patients and Physical Therapy

Standardized Patients and simulated learning experiences have been used quite extensively in the MGH Institute Physical Therapy Program.  Simulation is threaded throughout the entry-level doctor of physical therapy curriculum in a variety of coursework.  Students work with standardized patients to complement learning in all tenants of physical therapy practice across a variety of contexts.  The following areas are included in simulated learning experiences in PT:

  • Physical Exam Skills
  • History-taking  Assessment
  • Neurological Assessment
  • Cardiovascular Assessment
  • Treatment and Interventions that may include strengthening, balance, stretching and functional mobility training, including:
    • Endurance Training
    • Balance and Gait Training

For additional information regarding use of simulated learning in physical therapy education, please contact Dr. Sara Knox at