Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program


Our Objectives

To accomplish its mission, the students/graduates of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program will: 

  • Possess an intimate understanding of the role of the physical therapist within the health care continuum and appreciate the current and future challenges and opportunities facing the profession. This includes the explicit desire to collaborate, communicate, and pursue meaningful relationships with other health care colleagues.

  • Demonstrate entry-level clinical competence and excellence as highly skilled clinicians in the examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and intervention of clients in need of care.

  • Engage in the persistent, lifelong acquisition of knowledge, skills, and abilities to advance the science of physical therapy and its role in the delivery of health care and health promotion.  This is accomplished through contributing to the body of knowledge through critical inquiry and by becoming critical consumers of the literature.

  • Utilize the current best evidence to guide clinical decisions. Evidence-based practice includes the integration of best available research, clinical expertise, and client values that are related to client management and related to the development of health care policy.

  • Strive to be recognized as the preferred provider among consumers and other health care professionals for the diagnosis and prevention of, and intervention for, impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities that relate to movement and function.

  • Accept the responsibility to practice autonomously and collaboratively in all practice environments. Autonomous physical therapist practice is characterized by independent thinking, self-determination, and direct access of the public to our services.

  • Ascribe to the highest standards of ethical and moral practice and aspire to the virtues of altruism, respect, kindness, cultural competence, beneficence, and personal responsibility in serving as an agent of change by impacting the profession and the local community.

Graduation from a physical therapist program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states. Alvernia University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program submitted an Application for Candidacy on June 1, 2014, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage and underwent an on-site review on July 29-31, 2014. Submission of this document and on-site review does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation. All students accepted into the charter DPT class of 2018 will be accepted conditionally and graduation will be contingent upon full accreditation status as granted by CAPTE.

doctor of physical therapy (dpt) program

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