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Student Goals & Objectives / Outcomes

Student Goals

The student goals are that each student will:

  • Perform effective patient/client management through the determination of physical therapy needs of any individual, designing a plan of care that synthesizes best available evidence and individual preferences, implementing safe and effective interventions, and determining efficacy of outcomes.
  • Demonstrate professional behavior that is ethical, inclusive, compassionate, and interprofessional in the communication and delivery of services.
  • Conduct independent practice with respect to established institutional, state, federal, and professional standards.
  • Become life-long learners and leaders in the use of research and clinical evidence to expand knowledge and become influential change agents for health care delivery.

Student Objectives/Outcomes

Upon graduation, all DPT students will:

  • Demonstrate potential for effective patient/client management by scoring at least entry level on each component of the Clinical Practicum-4 CPI and receiving a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the OSCE assessment.
  • Demonstrate professional behavior by achieving a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the OSCE assessment; passing all practical assessments in laboratory coursework; and by scoring at least entry level on each component of Clinical Practicum 4 CPI.
  • Demonstrate potential for independent practice by achieving a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the OSCE assessment; achieving a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the comprehensive DPT examination; and by achieving a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the NPTE licensure exam. In addition, work performance will be qualitatively evaluated via graduate and employer surveys.

Demonstrate professional development and consistency with preparation for engagement in life-long learning and leadership. We will monitor the number of students involved with leadership activities while in the program (e.g. Division, College, and University leadership). Upon graduation, we will monitor the percentage of graduates who plan to pursue residencies, fellowships, clinical specializations, and professional organization involvement.