Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy

The Physical Therapy program has three major goals around which the curriculum is organized.  The goals include:

  1. Understanding and application of knowledge;
  2. Acquisition of clinical skills; and
  3. Development of professional behaviors.

Specific curricular objectives are identified under each of these general goals.


  1. To integrate the theoretical and scientific bases of Physical Therapy from classroom to clinical settings;
  2. To analyze the biological, psychological, social, cultural, and environmental determinants of health, and their relationship with one another;
  3. To evaluate the basic principles and methods of scientific inquiry and critical appraisal;
  4. To assess the importance of prevention, health maintenance, health promotion and treatment; and
  5. To evaluate the importance of research findings to physical therapy and society.

Clinical Skills:

  1. To demonstrate clinical reasoning skills for the management of health care problems;
  2. To demonstrate competence in assessment and treatment techniques in physical therapy;
  3. To demonstrate critical thinking skills;
  4. To assess effectiveness of professional practice;
  5. To function as members of an inter-professional health care team;
  6. To demonstrate effective oral, written, and nonverbal communication skills that enable one to collaborate with patients, family, health care team members, and the community;
  7. To function in advocacy roles in order to enhance quality of life;
  8. To demonstrate teaching and supervisory skills in professional practice;
  9. To implement programs for prevention, health maintenance and health promotion;
  10. To adapt to and initiate change;
  11. To integrate information from foundation sciences, transcurricular processes, and clinical science; and
  12. To evaluate treatment and service outcomes in relation to accountability, cost effectiveness of services, and efficacy of services.

Professional Behavior:

  1. To recognize, develop and maintain the personal qualities that are required for continued professional development;
  2. Exhibit an appropriate therapist-client relationship;
  3. Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior;
  4. To function as self-directed, life-long learners and leaders in the profession;
  5. To demonstrate respect and sensitivity towards diversity and the impact this may have on patients, families, caregivers, and the community;
  6. To advocate for public policy issues confronting to health care systems;
  7. To provide service to the general community by active educational/informational presentations; and
  8. To contribute to the professional community by active involvement at the local, state, and national levels.


John Johnsen
Acting Provost

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