Cross-Curricular Threads

Integrated cross-curricular threads are embedded within each course to promote development of your ability to model the clinical decision-making and critical thinking processes of skilled physical therapists. These threads are clinical decision making, evidence-based practice, human movement system, interprofessional collaborative practice, social justice and health equity, and professionalism. 

Clinical Decision Making

Process that includes skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, and synthesizing information across affective, cognitive and psychomotor domains.

Evidence Based Practice

Process that entails making decisions about how to address healthcare needs by integrating the best available research evidence with patient/client preferences and values, and practitioner clinical judgement and experience.

Human Movement System

The human movement system comprises the anatomic structures and physiologic functions that interact and move the body or its component parts. Physical therapists practice as experts in the human movement system.

Interprofessional Collaborative Practice

When health workers from different professional backgrounds provide comprehensive services by working with patients, their families, caregivers and communities to deliver the highest quality of care across settings. 

Social Justice and Health Equity

Process that begins with appreciating health as a socially constructed phenomenon. Students recognize, analyze, and intervene on factors which promote health disparities and work towards improving health and wellness for all.


Aspiring to and wisely applying principles of altruism, excellence, caring, ethics, respect, communication and accountability.