Guiding Documents

Philosophy, Mission, & Goals

Program Philosophy
Physical Therapy
The DPT program at Tennessee State University recognizes the reciprocal and responsive nature of professional education, where both the learner and the educator collaborate as partners in the learning process. Inherent in the relationship is the primacy of the learner and the facilitative role of the educator as together they embark on a process of professional education.

Statement of Principles

Integral to the educational partnership is the recognition and acknowledgement of the roles, rights, and responsibilities unique to and common between the learner and the educator. The learner is expected to develop and exhibit characteristics of adult learners including, but not limited to, being problem-centered, willing to learn, and being self-directed. The learner is also expected to be a change agent willing to challenge habituated thoughts and practices as physical therapy moves toward the doctoring profession. The educator is expected to uphold high academic standards, respect learner diversity, be role models of professional behavior, and create an environment conducive for effective learning to occur.

Mission

The mission of the Department of Physical Therapy is to graduate competent, entry-level physical therapists who demonstrate cultural competence, apply research evidence to practice, uphold the Code of Ethics, value lifelong learning, and engage in socially responsible community leadership.

 Goals and Outcomes


Goal 1: Graduates will possess entry-level competence to practice as physical therapists.

  • Graduates will pass the National Physical Therapy Examination.
  • Graduates will communicate and collaborate effectively and confidently in the health care community.
  • Graduates will practice in a safe, legal, and ethical manner.
  • Graduates will practice autonomously within the scope of practice.
  • Graduates will demonstrate competence as a generalist entry-level physical therapist.

Goal 2: Graduates will demonstrate cultural competence.

  • Graduates will communicate and collaborate effectively and confidently in the health care community.
  • Graduates will provide therapy to a diverse population with respect for patient differences.
  • Graduates will practice in a safe, legal, and ethical manner.

Goal 3: Graduates will apply research evidence to practice.

  • Graduates will use the principles of evidence-based practice.
  • Graduates will make decisions related to patient care using reflective critical thinking.
  • Graduates will engage in lifelong learning.

Goal 4: Graduates will uphold the Code of Ethics.

  • Graduates will practice in a safe, legal, and ethical manner.
  • Graduates will practice autonomously within the scope of practice.
  • Graduates will serve as compassionate practitioners and patient advocates.

Goal 5: Graduates will value lifelong learning.

  • Graduates will use the principles of evidence-based practice.
  • Graduates will make decisions related to patient care using reflective critical thinking.
  • Graduates will engage in lifelong learning.

Goal 6: Graduates will engage in socially responsible community leadership.

  • Graduates will communicate and collaborate effectively and confidently in the health care community.
  • Graduates will provide therapy to a diverse population with respect for patient differences.
  • Graduates will serve as compassionate practitioners and patient advocates.
  • Graduates will display leadership and professionalism.
  • Graduates will provide community service.






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