The Department of Physical Therapy

prepares entry-level students to become practitioners of evidence-based physical therapy and to be autonomous practitioners, capable of providing excellent clinical services in any practice setting.

Musculoskeletal patient day, where Dr. Kim Dunleavy is explaining an exercise on a student lifting a barbell.

Mission

The mission of the Department of Physical Therapy is to advance rehabilitation practice and science. We do this through education and mentorship, basic and clinical research and service to the profession and communities.

Department Philosophy

We believe in the right of each individual to have ready access to health care.

We endorse promotion of health, preventative care, and rehabilitation as major roles in physical therapy.  We believe in the right of each patient, student, and faculty member to access the best evidence-based practice as a reflection of academic and clinical truth. We believe that the search for the best evidence-based practice should occur in an environment that fosters growth of the individual, personally and professionally. We believe that it is the responsibility of the faculty to advance knowledge through their research, teaching, and creative endeavors. We believe that learning is a life-long, on-going activity and we strive to instill this belief in our students.