Doctor of Physical Therapy

DPT class
DPT Class 2013 - Walk to End Alzheimers Disease. Phoenix, AZ.

Program Mission & Philosophy

Physical Therapy Program Mission

The mission of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program is to graduate competent practitioners who are prepared to enhance the physical health and functional abilities of the members of the public. Our graduates render independent judgment in collaboration with others to advocate for and meet the needs of the patient/client and to ensure equal access for all individuals. They critically analyze, appropriately utilize, and contribute to evidence-based practice. Our graduates embrace life-long learning and consciously apply ethical values. They contribute to society and the profession in practice, teaching, administration, community service, and the discovery and application of new knowledge related to physical therapy.

Physical Therapy Program Philosophy

The Philosophy of the Physical Therapy Program states that its members believe:

  1. In the inherent worth of the individual and the value of diversity;
  2. That the integration of mind, body, and spirit is important to the development of the individual, the educational process, and the promotion of high-level wellness;
  3. In the autonomous practice of the profession;
  4. In the inherent value of interdisciplinary collaboration and consultation;
  5. In the application of evidence-based practice;
  6. That community service is a powerful mechanism for teaching and learning;
  7. That professional education in the health sciences must integrate the liberal arts and foster the development of the whole person;
  8. That life-long learning is critical for all members of society;
  9. That ethical thinking, behavior and social responsibility must be reinforced in health science education, and that faculty, students, and graduates should be aware of their obligations and rights;
  10. Critical thinking is a core skill for all graduates;
  11. That graduates contribute to society through work, teaching, family, community involvement, and the application of new knowledge related to their work and lives.