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Program Mission

The mission of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program is to prepare evidence-based, ethical, inclusive, and compassionate entry-level physical therapists with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences. The program seeks to improve the human experience for the citizens of South Carolina and beyond by emphasizing promotion of health, prevention of disease and injury, and the optimization of movement.

Program Goals

The goals of the Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program are to:

  • Recruit, educate, and graduate a student population of diverse backgrounds and experiences.
  • Prepare evidence-based, ethical, inclusive, and compassionate students.
  • Provide a curriculum to emphasize promotion of health, prevention of disease and injury, and the optimization of movement.
  • Prepare students to work interprofessionally to improve the health outcomes and human experience of individuals in SC and beyond.

Program Objectives/Outcomes

Toward these goals, the Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program will:

  • Increase applications, admissions, and enrollment of underrepresented students to reflect Health care needs of the state of SC and beyond.
  • Achieve 100 percent pass rate for licensure examinations and 100 percent employment.
  • Develop a curriculum to meet CAPTE accreditation criteria and consistently evaluate via cumulative assessment (didactic and practical), student surveys, and faculty retreats.
  • Obtain and evaluate program feedback from faculty, graduates, therapists’ employers, and clinical partners (from surveys, feedback from Director’s Advisory Board, and Curriculum Committee meetings and retreats) in development of didactic and clinical training to reflect interprofessionalism, and contemporary practice.