Frequently asked questions by clients

What is a client?

Clients are members of our community with particular health conditions who are invited to help with the education of students in Elon University’s School of Health Sciences. Clients play a unique and vital role in student education, giving students realistic, firsthand experience working with people with a variety of health needs. 

Why should I participate as a client?

Our clients have a desire to help educate our next generation of medical professionals by sharing their experiences and allowing our students the firsthand opportunity to work with individuals with varying limitations. 

Do I need to have physical limitations to help out as a client?

No. Often completely healthy individuals are used to simply allow the students the opportunity to develop skills in taking medical history and personal communication.

What types of clients would students benefit from seeing?

Our program has benefited with working with individuals who have medical conditions, such as fractures, stroke, heart disease, joint problems or replacements, developmental disabilities, etc.

What types of therapy treatments are provided by the student?

Our physical therapy students are learning to treat a variety of conditions which limit mobility. Our students also work with individuals who have limited mobility to develop an exercise plan to increase their mobility. 

Is there an attending therapist available to guide the students?

Yes. All classes and programs are supervised by a licensed physical therapist.

Are there any age limits to the client program?

No. Our program is seeking participants of all ages, ranging from infants to older adults. We do however require parental consent and supervision for anyone younger than 18.

Will I be compensated for my time?

The type of compensation depends on the type of activity you engage in as a client. If you receive a physical therapy screening and/or treatment, you will not receive additional compensation. Other activities involve monetary compensation.