Does working as a "Technician" always count as observation hours for DPT programs?

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  1. pre-PT student 20

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    Hi! I currently have a job as technician at an outpatient private practice and was wondering if I could count all the hours I work there as observation hours. The reason I ask is because even though I have the title "technician" I spend much more time at the front desk processing paperwork and helping with overall clinic organization. I do not have much interaction with patients besides for greeting them as they walk in and walking them back to a treatment room. I spend much more time working with faxing, filing, keeping records organized, etc. Would this still count? Is this a question I need to bring up individually to schools I am looking to apply to?
    I know with some other pre-professional fields there are some stipulations on what counts and what does not count as observation, and I want to make sure what I am marking is correct on my application next year. Would love to hear any thoughts on this. Thanks in advance!!
     
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    Yes as long as the Physical Therapist you work with is willing to sign off on those hours. Plus you typically only need to have 40-100 hours for PT school. Therefore you do technically have that amount. The issue I see arising is if in an interview you are asked to draw upon clinical experiences they expect you to have with "x" amount of hours, but if you have a few clinical experiences to draw upon you will be fine.
     
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    Thank you for this insight! That makes sense, I will make sure to keep in mind. Thank you!!
     
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