Student Learning Outcomes

Doctor of Physical Therapy

The roots of our School of Physical Therapy are based on a strong commitment to cultivating compassionate, skilled, and innovative physical therapy professionals. Graduates will use evidence-based practice to optimize human movement and promote health and wellness in a dynamic healthcare environment. We are dedicated to advancing health and wellness for diverse populations through outstanding education, experiential learning, and exemplary service.


Educate and Inspire: Provide a high-impact, rigorous, and inclusive educational environment that prepares students to excel as physical therapy practitioners, leaders, and advocates in an ever-changing healthcare landscape.

Serve with Compassion: Embed a spirit of service and ethical practice in our community, encouraging students and faculty to engage with and contribute to the well-being of individuals and communities, locally and globally.

Promote Health Equity: Strive to eliminate health disparities and promote health equity through education, outreach, and advocacy, ensuring access to physical therapy services for all, particularly underserved and marginalized populations.

Cultivate Professional Growth: Support lifelong learning and professional development opportunities for our students, alumni, faculty, and the broader physical therapy community to adapt to the evolving needs of society and the profession.

Foster Collaboration and Inclusivity: Build an inclusive community that values diversity and collaboration among students, faculty, healthcare professionals, and partners, enhancing the educational experience and enriching the profession.


During the program, students will:

  • Develop knowledge and performance of contemporary physical therapy practice that is safe, legal, ethical, effective and compassionate which includes screening, examination, evaluation, physical therapy diagnosis, development of the plan of care, intervention and assessment of outcomes (practice)
  • Demonstrate professional behavior and interactions (professional behavior)
  • Develop the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences through writing, listening and speech (communication)
  • Adapt delivery of physical therapy services with consideration for patient's differences, values, preferences and needs (cultural competency)
  • Demonstrate technological ability to access information and demonstrate basic skills in research methodology that will allow the graduates to evaluate data and draw conclusions for relevance to practice (evidence-based practice skills)
  • Develop critical thinking skills by making professional and practice decisions, through analysis of data relevant to their practice (critical thinking)
  • Educate others regarding physical therapy practice, prevention, health and wellness using relevant and effective teaching methodologies (education)
  • Manage resources to achieve physical therapy goals while understanding economic factors that impact the delivery of service (resource management)
  • Provide autonomous care and appropriately address patients' needs for services with the use of support services and/or outside referral (autonomous practice)
  • Participate in interprofessional collaboration and consultation in order to achieve better outcomes including health promotion in a constantly changing health care environment (interprofessional/consultation)
  • Demonstrate commitment to life-long learning in physical therapy, through scholarship and participation in professional organizations, exchanges, and/or development (life- long learning)
  • Demonstrate commitment to the current and future needs of local and global communities through service (service)