Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program Information
Our vision is to graduate critical thinkers who are change agents for our profession, who are lifelong learners, who demonstrate excellence in clinical practice, who are consumers and contributors to evidence based practice, who dedicate themselves to service through mentorship, community-based care, and altruistic endeavours.
The mission of the Division of Physical Therapy is to educate students to: demonstrate requisite knowledge, clinical skills, and professional behavior consistent with the profession of physical therapy; exhibit culturally sensitive and ethically sound conduct; display critical thinking; demonstrate leadership in service; become committed lifelong learners; contribute to evidence based practice; and advance the profession of physical therapy. The mission of the Division of Physical Therapy is consistent with the mission of Walsh University, which encourages individuals to act in accordance with reason guided by the example and teachings of Jesus Christ.Program Goals
Building on a solid grounding in the liberal arts, the graduate level program focuses on the development of students emphasizing those values and characteristics that will enable the graduate to function as a competent provider of physical therapy services. Based on the missions of Walsh University and the Division of Physical Therapy, the following goals are targeted:
- Graduating competent physical therapists qualified with experience to practice autonomously.
- Serving local, national and international communities through active involvement in service-oriented programs for disadvantaged populations.
- Foster growth opportunities for faculty including advancement of knowledge and credentials within and outside the field of physical therapy.
- Promoting an academic community in which all participants exhibit a commitment to and competence in functioning within a multicultural framework in the provision of rehabilitative services.
- Using new technologies and results from clinical research to improve the delivery of care and/or type of delivery of care for betterment of society.
To achieve these goals the students must demonstrate the general knowledge, skill, and mindfulness of a competent physical therapist who exhibits the Judeo-Christian values of Walsh University.
The Division of Physical Therapy is committed to providing an educational program that both challenges and enhances a student's ability to learn through a student-centered, values-based teaching environment that focuses clinical-decision making, evidence-based practice, and on service to the wider community. We have organized the curriculum around impairments found in the major body systems. We utilize a variety of active learning strategies and case-study teaching methods to enhance student learning and critical thinking.
The Walsh University Physical Therapy curriculum, an intensive three-year (8-semester) program, including summers, leads to a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Coursework builds upon a foundation of basic sciences and problem-solving skills. Students gain knowledge and develop skills in teaching and scientific inquiry as well as physical therapy patient diagnosis and intervention. Students must perform original research and present their work prior to graduation. Students take a comprehensive examination at the end of the third year and must pass that examination to graduate. Upon successful completion of the academic and clinical components of the curriculum, graduates meet the educational requirements to take the licensure examination required in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and in the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and Guam to practice as a physical therapist.