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Integration into the Liberal Arts

Student laughing at a boneThe Doctor of Physical Therapy Program incorporates Core Values of Professionalism and The Code of Ethics as described by the American Physical Therapy Association into curricular design. The Core Values are accountability, altruism, compassion/caring, excellence, integrity, professional duty, and social responsibility. The APTA Code of Ethics describes specific principles of education and practice guided by these core values. Each document guides curricular content to provide graduates of the DPT program with the skills required to deliver quality, patient-centered healthcare. The importance of practicing in a manner that supports the dignity and rights of all individuals, addresses the rights and needs of patients and clients and benefits local, national or global needs requires integration of knowledge from humanities and biopsychosocial fields.  

Sample Content:
  • Understand the concept of patient’s rights and autonomy and the profound effect these concepts have on health care delivery.
  • Understand and apply basic approaches and concepts widely used today in addressing ethical dimensions of professional practice and policy. This includes but is not limited to a duty ethic built on the four principles of autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence and justice.
  • Demonstrates integrity in all interactions.
  • Identify and analyze ethical dilemmas in the U.S. health care system and specifically in PT practice from the perspective of a pragmatist.
  • Exhibits caring, compassion and empathy in providing services to patients
  • Demonstrate appropriate interpersonal interaction with faculty, patients, and peers; include demonstration of appropriate professional communication of evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and questions or concerns to physicians, patients, and other members of the health care team.
  • Identify target groups within the community that would benefit from a prevention maintenance program, including the specific problems one would address in such a program
  • Values the socio-cultural, psychological and economic influences on patients and clients and responds accordingly
  • Demonstrate the ability to assertively advocate for appropriate patient services and resources and support patients in asserting their rights regarding treatment
  • Incorporates an understanding of the implications of individual differences, cultural differences and implicit bias and adapts behavior accordingly in all aspects of physical therapy services