The Physical Therapy program has three major goals around which the curriculum is organized. The goals include:
- Understanding and application of knowledge;
- Acquisition of clinical skills; and
- Development of professional behaviors.
Specific curricular objectives are identified under each of these general goals.
- To integrate the theoretical and scientific bases of Physical Therapy from classroom to clinical settings;
- To analyze the biological, psychological, social, cultural, and environmental determinants of health, and their relationship with one another;
- To evaluate the basic principles and methods of scientific inquiry and critical appraisal;
- To assess the importance of prevention, health maintenance, health promotion and treatment; and
- To evaluate the importance of research findings to physical therapy and society.
- To demonstrate clinical reasoning skills for the management of health care problems;
- To demonstrate competence in assessment and treatment techniques in physical therapy;
- To demonstrate critical thinking skills;
- To assess effectiveness of professional practice;
- To function as members of an inter-professional health care team;
- To demonstrate effective oral, written, and nonverbal communication skills that enable one to collaborate with patients, family, health care team members, and the community;
- To function in advocacy roles in order to enhance quality of life;
- To demonstrate teaching and supervisory skills in professional practice;
- To implement programs for prevention, health maintenance and health promotion;
- To adapt to and initiate change;
- To integrate information from foundation sciences, transcurricular processes, and clinical science; and
- To evaluate treatment and service outcomes in relation to accountability, cost effectiveness of services, and efficacy of services.
- To recognize, develop and maintain the personal qualities that are required for continued professional development;
- Exhibit an appropriate therapist-client relationship;
- Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior;
- To function as self-directed, life-long learners and leaders in the profession;
- To demonstrate respect and sensitivity towards diversity and the impact this may have on patients, families, caregivers, and the community;
- To advocate for public policy issues confronting to health care systems;
- To provide service to the general community by active educational/informational presentations; and
- To contribute to the professional community by active involvement at the local, state, and national levels.