Master of Science in Physical Therapy Program Philosophy and Goals

The intent of our program is to foster professional growth and development so that our graduates will value life-long learning and leadership to improve the delivery of physical therapy care in the global arena.

Students should be prepared to examine, evaluate, and treat the “whole patient” across all systems that physical therapists address. Every student will be exposed to content related to the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, pulmonary, and integumentary systems in order to integrate aspects of the whole patient into a physical therapy plan of care.

The curriculum must address skills in psychomotor, cognitive, and affective domains to facilitate independent clinical decision making, patient safety, and effective communication with others.

Discussions that center around making difficult clinical decisions about diagnosis, prognosis, and interventions based on a comprehensive examination and evaluation process are used to facilitate the students’ skills in the areas of communication, patient education, critical thinking, and development of a plan of care.

Students should be able to provide justification for each decision in the context of evidence based practice, and discuss expected outcomes of the interventions they have selected in order to understand how to provide optimal patient care.

Program Goals

Upon completion of all program requirements, graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate and provide interventions across musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, pulmonary, and integumentary systems in a safe and effective manner.
  • Provide culturally competent care to all patients or clients.
  • Achieve a level of critical thinking and analytical thought sufficient to present and discuss complex patients. 
  • Demonstrate growth in their clinical skills, and broaden their application using a combination of practice patients, simulated activities, and patient/client care.  
  • Be role models for others by demonstrating delivery of physical therapy care that considers the whole patient, and includes skilled interventions, available evidence, and the patient‘s preference and individual interests.
  • Share their new knowledge and facilitate optimal physical therapy care in their practice environments. 
  • Demonstrate sufficient communication skill to interact effectively in a team, and provide reasonable documentation of physical therapy services.

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