About the DPT Program
The Mission of the Methodist University Program in Physical Therapy is to graduate competent clinicians that demonstrate model character, assume professional leadership roles, and accept their societal responsibilities. Our graduates will embody the distinct body of knowledge and skills of the physical therapy profession and engage in critical thinking that incorporates evidence-based, autonomous decision making. The character traits of our graduates will enable them to internalize and unite professional and Christian tenets that support critical thinking, ethical and legal behaviors, compassionate decisions, and respect for diverse cultural traditions. As autonomous practitioners and servant-leaders, our graduates, will collaborate within the medical system to enhance health care delivery, empower patients and families, advance the profession of physical therapy, and enrich the communities they serve.
The vision for the Methodist University Program in Physical Therapy is to be recognized as the physical therapy education of choice for the cultivation of ethical, compassionate and mindful servant-leader practitioners for autonomous delivery of quality health care, professional engagement and societal contributions.
Consistent with the core mission of the university to nurture moral values; the faculty in the Department of Physical Therapy at Methodist University strongly endorses the view that a physical therapy professional is an applied scientist, whose conduct represents the inviolable ethical center of the profession by recognizing the value and dignity of each client. Therefore, professional physical therapy education at Methodist University builds upon and reinforces the intellectual, moral, ethical, and affective qualities of mind developed through liberal arts, social, and natural science education.
While the professional doctoral degree curriculum was developed with the Professional Practice Expectations as identified in the Normative Model of Physical Therapy Education (2004) in mind; it is executed as a hybrid model that is a blend of traditional and systems-based physical therapy education. The curriculum provides learning opportunities designed for the synthesis of content in a sequential and progressive manner and strikes an integrated balance between foundational, applied, clinical, and behavioral sciences. Additionally, the faculty embraces the belief that physical therapy values and behaviors are central to the educational process and are an integral part of the curriculum. Thus, the DPT program includes the APTA core values and core professional behaviors as required components in all didactic and clinical education courses.
The Department of Physical Therapy also values the tenets of an evidence-based approach for clinical decision making in the development of a competent clinician. Inherently this requires active engagement in scholarly inquiry. As such, our curriculum has a research component that emphasizes a deliberate and collaborative effort between faculty and students to enhance the body of knowledge for the profession of physical therapy and/or the delivery of physical therapy education.
Our program's educational methods are based on adult education principles which are both progressive and humanistic. Our philosophy of education embraces the core value that learning is a shared responsibility between the faculty and students. The curriculum embraces beliefs in the learner as a self-directed adult ready to initiate learning and assume responsibility of learning. The curriculum and teaching strategies support these principles, allowing the student the opportunity to experience learning from many facets and levels, and through repetition. While the faculty guides learning opportunities, students are expected to be highly motivated and committed to the profession of physical therapy. We believe that this approach will enable the Doctor of Physical Therapy program to consistently challenge, engage, and empower the physical therapists of tomorrow.