Section I: Mission and Philosophy

Expected Student Outcomes

At the completion of the educational program, graduates will be competent physical therapists who will:

Student Outcomes:  Legal and Ethical Practice

1.0 Be capable of autonomous, competent, safe, ethical, and legal practice including  respecting patient confidentiality, and practice with adherence to federal, state, professional, and institutional standards.

Student Outcomes:  Cultural Competence and Communication

2.0 Identify, respect and integrate patients’/clients’ cultural differences, diverse characteristics, values, and preferences for patient/client management in a compassionate manner including verbal and non-verbal communication.

Student Outcomes:  Foundational Sciences

3.0 Recall, analyze, integrate, and apply foundational, medical, and clinical sciences as related to function, disease, and physical therapy practice.

Student Outcomes:  Evidence Based Practice

4.0 Use evidence-based scientific principles, clinical reasoning skills, and reflection to be capable of autonomous physical therapy practice.

Student Outcomes:  Differential Diagnosis and Referral

5.0 Capable of providing initial patient / client contact for screening to determine the need for physical therapy services, referral to another health care provider, and developing differential diagnoses relevant to physical therapy.

Student Outcomes:  Interactions

6.0 Recognize and determine how common medical and psychological pathologies, and patient responses to medical intervention, surgery, and medications may influence physical therapy services, and determine appropriate response.

Student Outcomes:  History and Review of Systems

7.0 Obtain a pertinent history, review medical records, and perform a comprehensive review of systems relevant to the patient/client profile.

Student Outcomes:  Examination/Re-examination

8.0 Perform competent and effective patient examinations and re-examinations including the selection and correct administration of tests and measures.

Student Outcomes:  Evaluation

9.0  Evaluate data from the examination (history, systems review, tests and measures) to make appropriate clinical judgments.

Student Outcomes:  Diagnosis and Prognosis

10.0 Determine an appropriate physical therapy diagnosis / classification that will guide the physical therapy management of the patient / client including prognosis.

Student Outcomes:  Plan of Care

11.0 Develop a comprehensive, safe, appropriate physical therapy plan of care through collaboration with the patient/client, family, health care professionals, and relevant others.  Determine the plan of care to include measureable goals that are objective, realistic, culturally competent, patient/client-centered, time specific and appropriate for the available resources.

Student Outcomes:  Interventions

12.0 Determine and provide appropriate, safe, and effective therapeutic interventions based on the prognosis; patient’s goals; physiological / medical, psychological and cognitive status; the appropriate scientific and clinical literature; and with consideration for the patient’s cultural and social perspectives.

Student Outcomes:  Re-evaluate Based on Response/Change

13.0 Re-evaluate the plan of care based on the response to treatment, changes in the patient’s physiological, psychological and cognitive status relative to the prognosis and adapt the plan of care accordingly, modifying the goals and interventions as indicated.

Student Outcomes:  Documentation

14.0 Effective documentation consistent with legal standards, professional guidelines, and policies of the health care system and practice setting. 

Student Outcomes:  Support Personnel

15.0 Determine the appropriate personnel for the administration of each part of the plan of care and provide supervision as appropriate.

Student Outcomes:  Risk Management

16.0 Apply principles of risk management and respond effectively to patient emergencies in the clinical setting.

Student Outcomes:  Outcomes Measures

17.0 Determine and utilize appropriate measures to assess outcomes and make valid and reliable inferences to determine individual and collective patient/client outcomes with a consideration of the patient/client setting, cultural issues, reimbursement and societal factors.

Student Outcomes:  Health and Wellness

18.0 Integrate, promote and provide culturally competent physical therapy services that address prevention, health education, and wellness to individuals, groups, and communities.

Student Outcomes:  Healthcare Education

19.0 Provide healthcare education to patients, clients, families, peers, and society, using culturally sensitive teaching methods.

Student Outcomes:  Practice Management

20.0 Demonstrate effective practice management; including the management of human resources to provide competent and compassionate patient care with consideration of fiscal responsibilities.

Student Outcomes:  Interprofessional

21.0 Appreciate and work in interprofessional teams when appropriate. 

Student Outcomes:  Consultation

22.0 Provide consultation to businesses, schools, government agencies and other organizations.  Participate in community service including care to the underserved.

Student Outcomes:  Client Needs

23.0 Appropriately place patient/client needs above personal needs.

Student Outcomes:  Professional Development

24.0 Participate in professional development, e.g. develop a professional plan, and participate in life-long learning, community service and professional organizations including participation/influence in the legislative and political processes.

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