College of Health Sciences

Glendale, AZ Campus

Program Objectives

Physical Therapy Program

Upon completion of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, graduates are expected to be able to:

  1. Become practitioners with the educational and clinical foundation needed to provide physical therapy services in all areas of practice and all physical therapy settings.
  2. Apply critical thinking skills for independent judgment, clinical problem solving, leadership, and autonomous practice.
  3. 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.
  4. Apply scientific research and other forms of best evidence in the practice of physical therapy.
  5. Exhibit sensitivity to cultural and social diversity.
  6. Assume leadership positions in the healthcare delivery system, participate in local, state, and national professional organizations, and provide service to local communities.
  7. Sustain continued professional development through lifelong learning activities.
  8. Demonstrate professionalism during interactions with others.
  9. Address prevention, wellness, and health promotion needs of individuals, groups, and communities in primary, secondary, and tertiary settings.
  10. Enhance the breadth and depth of clinical education of future physical therapy students.

These objectives are accomplished through:

  1. A curriculum model based on a conceptual framework of educational theory and practice with a spiraled approach in curricular design.
  2. Correlation of events and problems that is experienced sequentially within the didactic curriculum and later through clinical experiences.
  3. A strong content foundation in the physical, clinical, and behavioral sciences.
  4. Critically applying scientific research and other forms of best evidence to improve practice and contribute to the body of knowledge.
  5. Educational opportunities and activities that will enhance physical therapy services to underserved communities.
  6. An educational environment that will emphasize leadership skills, professional and community service.
  7. Acquiring information through clinical or basic science research.
  8. Peer assessments, feedback and reflective communication skills.
  9. A sequence of simulated and actual clinical experiences across the curriculum.
  10. Opportunities for teamwork, delegation, supervision and teaching.