The mission of the Department of Physical Therapy of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences is to advance the profession of physical therapy and rehabilitation in general through education, scholarly activity, and professional service by:
- Offering a superior entry-level professional physical therapy program that produces a competent clinician who is able to function as a cost-effective provider, who is a critical thinker, who embraces the principles of evidence-based practice and is committed to lifelong learning and professional development;
- Engaging in research and scholarly activities that advance physical therapy practice and rehabilitation through the extension of evidence-based practice and translational research;
- Offering advanced continuing education and post-professional degree programs adapted to the physical therapist who is interested in lifelong learning and career advancement; and
- Making available to local communities and public agencies the expertise of the faculty in ways that are responsive to the healthcare needs of Pennsylvania, as well as to the broader needs of the nation and the world and consistent with the primary teaching and research functions.
Our vision is to graduate DPTs who are prepared to be change agents in transforming health care to achieve the Triple Aim of better care for individuals, better health for populations and communities, and lowered cost of health care through continuous quality improvement.
While pursuing our Mission and Vision, the Program will act in accordance with its stated values. Our values are adopted from the APTA Core Values and those of our clinical partner, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).
Accountability: Active acceptance of responsibility for the diverse roles, obligations, and actions of the physical therapist including self-regulation and other behaviors that positively influence patient/client outcomes, the profession and the health needs of society.
Altruism: The primary regard for or devotion to the interest of patients/clients, thus assuming the fiduciary responsibility of placing the needs of the patient/client ahead of the physical therapist’s self-interest.
Compassion and Caring: Compassion is the desire to identify with or sense something of another’s experience; a precursor to caring. Caring is the concern, empathy, and consideration for the needs and values of others.
Dignity and Respect: We treat all individuals with dignity and respect
Excellence: Excellence is physical therapy practice that consistently uses current knowledge and theory while understanding personal limits, integrates judgment and the patient/client perspective, challenges mediocrity, and works toward development of new knowledge.
Innovation: We think creatively and build excellence into everything we do.
Integrity: Steadfast adherence to high ethical principles or professional standards; truthfulness, fairness, doing what you say you will do, and “speaking forth” about why you do what you do.
Quality and Safety: We create a safe environment where quality is our guiding principle
Professional Duty: The commitment to meeting one’s obligations to provide effective physical therapy services to individual patients/clients, to serve the profession, and to positively influence the health of society.
Social Responsibility: The promotion of a mutual trust between the profession and the larger public that necessitates responding to societal needs for health and wellness.