The Stefani Doctor of Physical Therapy —

Program Mission


The Mission of USM’s DPT program is to optimally educate students and to develop students’ God-given potentials while embracing and serving the needs of others, leading to their new role as competent practicing physical therapists.
 

Program Values


A values-driven education is one in which core values are made explicit in the curriculum so that students understand the direct link between what they value and their professional behaviors.

Understanding your values, and modifying them if necessary, will help clarify your professional career path and will guide your interactions with patients and clients.

The USM DPT program works to develop 10 key core values in our students as they evolve through their academic and clinical training:
 

  • Community

  • Justice

  • Respect

  • Excellence

  • Compassion

  • Accountability

  • Professional responsibility

  • Integrity

  • Altruism

  • Tolerance


These values will ultimately shape our students professional lives as practitioners, helping them meet the needs of their patients in the fullest way possible.

The DPT program is in-step with the larger mission of the university: training students to serve others, developing God-given potential, and guiding students to create value-centered careers and lives.
 

Program Goals & Expected Program Outcomes


Program Goal #1


Graduates will be prepared to practice physical therapy as autonomous practitioners at entry level competencies consistent with the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice and the American Physical Therapy Association’s Standards of Practice.

  1. Students demonstrate entry-level knowledge and skill to practice as autonomous practitioners upon completion of the program.

  2. Graduates will be autonomous practitioners who provide physical therapy services for, and education on: prevention, health promotion, fitness and wellness.

  3. Students are prepared to sit for and pass the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE).


Program Goal #2


Graduates will demonstrate behaviors consistent with the program’s ten core values and those found in Professional Behaviors for the 21st Century.

  1. Graduates demonstrate the program’s Core Values while practicing as autonomous physical therapists.

  2. Students/Graduates demonstrate Professional Behaviors for the 21st Century while practicing as autonomous physical therapists.


Program Goal #3


Core Faculty and Graduates will engage in lifelong learning and professional development.

  1. Faculty and Students/Graduates engage in lifelong learning.

  2. Students/Graduates develop and institute a three to five year professional development plan.


Program Goal #4


Graduates will be socially responsible and advocate for their profession and their patients/clients.

  1. Students/Graduates are socially responsible through advocacy for their profession.

  2. Students/Graduates are socially responsible through advocacy on behalf of their patients/clients.


Program Goal #5


Graduates will be able to provide effective healthcare to diverse populations in an ethical, culturally appropriate and compassionate manner.

  1. Students/Graduates demonstrate ethical practice.

  2. Students practice in a culturally appropriate manner.


Program Goal #6


Graduates will demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills enabling them to provide educational and effective information exchange with individuals and communities, as well as function as productive members of professional healthcare teams.

  1. Students/Graduates demonstrate communication skills that are congruent with situational needs.

  2. Graduates function as productive members of professional healthcare teams.


Program Goal #7


Graduates will possess effective analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills which they apply in clinical and professional situations.

  1. Students demonstrate appropriate analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills in simulated patient scenarios.

  2. Students/Graduates demonstrate effective analytical, critical thinking and problem solving skills during clinical and professional situations.


Program Goal #8


Graduates demonstrate altruism in clinical and professional interactions.

  1. Graduates will serve others by placing the needs of others above their own needs.


Program Goal #9


The program will have the educational infrastructure and resources needed for teaching, learning, scholarship, clinical practice and service that support the professional development of students, faculty and staff.

  1. The program has adequate financial resources to support the Program in accomplishing its Mission, Goals and Expected Outcomes.

  2. The Program’s infrastructure and resources are adequate to meet student and faculty needs with respect to teaching, learning and Program Administration.

  3. The Program’s infrastructure and resources are adequate to meet scholarship and service needs of students and faculty.


Program Goal #10


Program Faculty will demonstrate excellence in teaching and be actively engaged in scholarship and service.

  1. Program Faculty will demonstrate excellence in teaching.

  2. Program Faculty are actively engaged in scholarly activities which systematically advance the teaching, research and practice of physical therapy.

  3. Program Core Faculty will demonstrate active engagement in service to the program, University and community.


Program Goal #11


The Program will use a comprehensive plan of assessment/evaluation to ensure continuous improvement, including ongoing assessment of its: mission, goals, expected outcomes, admission process, curriculum, and policies and procedures.

  1. The mission of the program is written, congruent with the mission of the University of Saint Mary, consistent with contemporary preparation of entry-level autonomous physical therapy practitioners and is supported by the program’s goals and expected outcomes.

  2. The Program’s Admission Process supports the mission, goals and expected student outcomes of the program.

  3. The Program’s curriculum is based on the contemporary practice of physical therapy, and is designed to prepare graduates to practice physical therapy as autonomous entry-level practitioners.

  4. The Program’s policies and procedures are congruent with those of the Institution and support the Program’s mission, goals and expected outcomes.


Program Goal #12


The Program will maintain accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

  1. The Program conducts ongoing assessment to ensure compliance with all CAPTE accreditation requirements.

  2. The Program will maintain accreditation by CAPTE through oversight by the program director.