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Program Mission & Outcomes

Mount Saint Mary's University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Mission

Mount Saint Mary's University provides doctoral education to a diverse student body culminating in physical therapists with sound clinical reasoning in a variety of settings who are committed to professional and personal development, social citizenship and ethical, compassionate care.

As a Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy we are committed to facilitating life-long learning in the faculty, alumni and the professional community.

To accomplish this mission:

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program will provide an education whose theoretical foundation is structured with the best evidence emphasizing critical thinking and professional behavior. Instruction will be provided by well qualified, professionals with post-professional doctorates, advanced or specialist certification and expertise in their content areas.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program will set and maintain high standards for admissions and graduation.

Faculty will support the DPT Program Mission through activities that demonstrate and promote professional and personal development, social citizenship, ethical practice and compassionate care.

All aspects of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program are rooted in the following values:

Integrity:

Approach interactions with honesty, truth and moral courage.

Empathy:

Strive to develop an emotional and cognitive understanding of patient experiences different than one's own and their influence on patient-caregiver interactions.

Social Citizenship:

Actively engage in the larger community through political, social or spiritual activities to facilitate access to optimal health and wellness.

Diversity:

Demonstrate appreciation, acceptance and respect for differences in thought, heritage, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, religion and socioeconomic status.

Knowledge:

Strive to contribute to the knowledge base of the profession and be critical consumers of evidence-based or critically assessed knowledge.

Leadership:

Engage in professional activities to influence positive health outcomes for individuals and the community.

Effectiveness:

Develop the ability to create positive outcomes in classroom and clinic interactions.

Mount Saint Mary's University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Vision

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program will be recognized as a leader in providing innovative models of professional education that will inform and enrich the profession.  Students and faculty will learn, refine and expand their skills and knowledge base with application in traditional and non-traditional models of health care delivery within communities with unmet health and wellness needs.

Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Outcomes

Two year average graduation rate (Class of 2014 and 2015): 93.8%

Two year average licensure examination ultimate pass rate (2014-15 Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy Data): 100%

Employment rate within 6 months of passing licensure examination (Class of 2014 and 2015): 100%

The Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Mount Saint Mary’s DPT graduates are eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapy Exam in all 50 states, the District of Colombia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Licenses are granted by the licensing authority in individual states and those licensing boards might require an additional exam on laws and regulations specific to that state. The Physical Therapy Board of California is the licensing authority for California and requires an exam on the laws and regulations for practice of physical therapy in California. Contact information for the licensing authorities in other jurisdictions can be found on the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy website here.