Physical Therapy Program
Upon completion of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, graduates are expected to be able to:
- Become practitioners with the educational and clinical foundation needed to provide physical therapy services in all areas of practice and all physical therapy settings.
- Apply critical thinking skills for independent judgment, clinical problem solving, leadership, and autonomous practice.
- Demonstrate dedication to healthcare and community service by identifying and contributing effective solutions to the major emergent health issues of society and apply skills to meet other community needs.
- Apply scientific research and other forms of best evidence in the practice of physical therapy.
- Exhibit sensitivity to cultural and social diversity.
- Assume leadership positions in the healthcare delivery system, participate in local, state, and national professional organizations, and provide service to local communities.
- Sustain continued professional development through lifelong learning activities.
- Demonstrate professionalism during interactions with others.
- Address prevention, wellness, and health promotion needs of individuals, groups, and communities in primary, secondary, and tertiary settings.
- Enhance the breadth and depth of clinical education of future physical therapy students.
These objectives are accomplished through:
- A curriculum model based on a conceptual framework of educational theory and practice with a spiraled approach in curricular design.
- Correlation of events and problems that is experienced sequentially within the didactic curriculum and later through clinical experiences.
- A strong content foundation in the physical, clinical, and behavioral sciences.
- Critically applying scientific research and other forms of best evidence to improve practice and contribute to the body of knowledge.
- Educational opportunities and activities that will enhance physical therapy services to underserved communities.
- An educational environment that will emphasize leadership skills, professional and community service.
- Acquiring information through clinical or basic science research.
- Peer assessments, feedback and reflective communication skills.
- A sequence of simulated and actual clinical experiences across the curriculum.
- Opportunities for teamwork, delegation, supervision and teaching.