School of Health and Medical Sciences

Outcomes"The mission of PT professional education is to graduate knowledgeable, service-oriented, self-assured, adaptable, reflective practitioners who, by virtue of critical and integrative thinking, lifelong learning, and ethical values, render independent judgments concerning *patient/client needs that are supported by evidence; promote the health of the patient/client; and enhance the professional, contextual, and collaborative foundations  of physical therapist practice. These practitioners contribute to society and the profession through practice, teaching, administration, and the discovery and application of new knowledge obtained from physical therapy experiences of sufficient breadth and depth to allow for the acquisition and application of essential knowledge, skills, and behaviors consistent with the practice of contemporary physical therapy. Learning experiences are provided under the guidance and supervision of competent faculty, in both the classroom and the clinic."
 

Program Goals:

The curriculum prepares the graduate to:

  1. be an autonomous Doctor of Physical Therapy who practices in a safe, ethical, and legal manner.
  2. use best practice in the delivery of physical therapy.
  3. be a critical consumer of the literature and producer of new information.
  4. serve all patients/clients with care, sensitivity and respect.
  5. become an active contributor and leader in the health care system and community.
  6. be an educator, consultant, and collaborator.
  7. accept the responsibility for continuous professional development.

Specifically:

  1. The curriculum prepares the graduate to be an autonomous Doctor of Physical Therapy who practices in a safe, ethical, and legal manner.
    Objectives:
    The student will
    a. use the standards of practice endorsed by the profession
    b. know and apply state and federal laws
    c. know and apply ethical principles and core values endorsed by the profession
    d. utilize practice patterns within the scope of the abilities in the delivery of services
    e. use the guidelines for referral to other professional when indicated.
    f. supervise and manage support personnel.
     
  2. The curriculum prepares the graduate to use best practice in the delivery of physical therapy.
    Objectives:
    The student will
    a. select and perform appropriate examinations, evaluations, and diagnostic and prognostic predictions in relation to the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiopulmonary and integumentary systems.
    b.seek evidence to support clinical decision-making.
    c.plan and implement appropriate interventions for patients/clients and their families.
    d.document all aspects of physical therapy services.
    e.communicate effectively with patients, families and colleagues.
    f. participate in management planning, including budgeting, billing, and reimbursement.

  3. The curriculum prepares the graduate to be a critical consumer of the literature and producer of new information.
    Objectives:
    The student will
    a. review, critically analyze, and participate in research projects.
    b. evaluate and apply new concepts and findings to clinical practice.
    c. participate in professional discussions and dissemination of new information.

  4. The curriculum prepares the graduate to serve all patients/clients with care, sensitivity and respect.
    Objectives:
    The student will
    a. be an advocate for patient’s/client’s needs.
    b. communicate effectively, both verbally and non-verbally, with others, while considering individual differences in learning styles, language, and cognitive abilities, etc.
    c. design patient/client programs and interventions that are congruent with patient/client needs and perspectives.
    d. empower patients/clients to achieve the highest level of function possible and to exercise self-determination in their care.  
    e. refrain from acting on one’s social, cultural, gender, and sexual biases.
    f.  consider the socio-cultural, psychological and economic influences on the patient/client’s life in their environment.  

  5. The curriculum prepares the graduate to become an active contributor and leader in the health care system and community.
    Objectives:
    The student will
    a. be involved in professional activities beyond the practice setting.
    b. promote the profession of physical therapy.
    c. mentor others to realize their potential.
    d. participate in a community service event.
    e. manage personal and material resources.

  6. The curriculum prepares the graduate to: become an educator, consultant, and collaborator.
    Objectives:
    The student will
    a. distinguish between the roles of other health care professionals.  
    b. collaborate with other health care professionals to determine a realistic and acceptable plan of care.
    c. participate in integrative and collaborative experiences to promote high quality health or educational outcomes.
    d. educate others using a variety of teaching methods.

  7. The curriculum prepares the graduate to accept the responsibility for continuous professional development.
    Objectives:
    The student will
    a. formulate a plan for personal and professional career development.
    b. self-assess strengths and areas in need of improvement.

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