Mission, Philosophy & Program Goals
The mission of the Hardin-Simmons University Physical Therapy program is to prepare individuals who demonstrate excellence in the practice of physical therapy and are enlightened by Christian faith and values.
The Program Philosophy
Physical therapy may be defined as the care and services provided by or under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist including:
- Examining (history, systems review, and tests and measures) individuals with impairment, functional limitations, and disability or other health-related conditions in order to determine a diagnosis, prognosis, and intervention;
- Alleviating impairment and functional limitation by designing, implementing, and modifying therapeutic interventions;
- Preventing injury, impairment, functional limitation, and disability including promotion and maintenance of fitness, health, and quality of life in all age populations; and
- Engaging in consultation, education and research.
In acceptance of this definition and the mission statement, the Faculty of the Professional Graduate Program in the Department of Physical Therapy at Hardin-Simmons University holds to the following beliefs:
All members of society have the right to access quality health care which includes the provision of physical therapy services. Physical therapy is an integral component of our dynamic and changing health care system and may serve as the patient’s point of entry. The practice of physical therapy is a continuum ranging from promotion of health and prevention of physical dysfunction to restoration of function that has been compromised.
Physical therapists are health care professionals who function interdependently in a broad range of settings. In providing service, consultation, and referral, physical therapists use an evidence-based approach to address the physical, psychological, spiritual, and socio-economic needs of their patients. This approach combines the clinical expertise of the therapist with published research evidence and the patient’s values and preferences to determine the optimal plan of care. Other roles of the physical therapist include educator/consultant (patient, family, caregivers, colleagues, students) and advocate (patients, profession, public welfare).
Preparation for the practice of physical therapy is a challenging interpersonal and intellectual process that builds upon a foundation of academic preparation in the liberal arts and sciences. It requires positive commitment and the practice of professional core values from both faculty and students to generate and sustain a stimulating learning environment conducive to professional, personal and spiritual growth. The graduate educational environment supports innovations that reflect a variety of teaching and learning styles. Within this environment, the learner is encouraged to achieve a high level of competence in the profession and adopt an attitude of service consistent with Christian faith and values.
The core faculty are physical therapists who are qualified by both educational and professional experience. They serve as positive role models through their participation in ongoing personal and professional development and commitment to service.
Selected students have made an informed decision to pursue physical therapy as a career and are committed to being self-directed, responsible, and active participants in the educational process. Students display characteristics of intellectual curiosity, academic competence, creativity, sensitivity, and professional core values.
Graduates are competent in entry-level evidence-based practice and function as primary care providers and life-long learners who contribute to the advancement of the profession. They are also prepared to fulfill their roles as teachers, consultants, and advocates for their patients.
As members of the faculty at HSU and within the physical therapy program, we strongly believe that our primary responsibility is to serve others. In that respect, our mission is accomplished through SERVICE to our students, university, community/church, and profession. Within each of these areas, we have clearly defined goals and measurable outcomes as outlined below.
Service to Students:
Goal 1: Provide students with a professional education that will successfully prepare them for entry-level employment as licensed physical therapists.
Outcomes for Goal 1:
- Ninety percent (90%) of students entering the program will successfully complete all requirements for the degree.
- Ninety-five percent (95%) of students completing the degree will pass the National Physical Therapy Examination and achieve licensure.
- One hundred percent (100%) of students will be employed as a physical therapist within 6 months of passing the licensure exam.
- One hundred percent (100%) of students will achieve a rating of “entry level” on the PT MACS visual analog scale (i.e. > 50%) during their final clinical rotation.
Goal 2: Mentor students in the development of professional core values.
Outcomes for Goal 2:
- One hundred percent (100%) of students will rate themselves at a >4 on each element of the Core Values Assessment form at the time of graduation.
- One hundred percent (100%) of students will participate in a minimum of 40 hours of pro-bono service throughout the curriculum as recorded in their professional development logs/journals.
- Graduating students will rate “The HSU PT program encouraged the development of professional core values” as a 4 of 5 on a Likert scale during their focus group session.
Goal 3: Provide opportunities for students to grow in their Christian faith and values.
Outcomes for Goal 3:
- One hundred percent (100%) of students document achievement of their professional development goals during years I and II through documentation in their journals completed submitted during Professional Seminar 1 and 2.
- One hundred percent (100%) of students will participate in a minimum of 40 hours of professional development activities throughout the curriculum as recorded in their professional development logs/journals required to meet the Professional Development elective.
- Clients participating in Campus Clinic will rate their overall satisfaction with the HSU Campus Clinic as 8 out of 10.
- Graduating students will rate “The HSU PT program helped me grow in my Christian faith and values” as a 4 out of 5 on a Likert scale during their focus group session.
Service to the University, Community, and Profession:
Goal 4: The faculty will develop scholarly products that will contribute to the body of knowledge in physical therapy.
Outcomes for Goal 4:
- In aggregate, core faculty will produce at least 12 peer-reviewed scholarly products per year.
Goal 5: Advocate for the public, profession, and university through a variety of service activities.
Outcomes for Goal 5:
- One-hundred percent (100%) of core faculty will be active members of at least one professional organization on an ongoing basis.
- Seventy-five percent (75%) of core faculty will serve on appointed university or department committee each year.
- One-hundred percent (100%) of core faculty will participate in at least 2 pro bono service activities per year.
- Fifty percent (50%) of core faculty will serve in elected or appointed positions/committees at the state or national level per year.
Goal 6: Provide opportunities for post-professional education and development.
Outcome for Goal 6:
- The HSU Physical Therapy Department will host at least 3 continuing competency programs or professional development workshops per year.
- The HSU Physical Therapy Department will offer at least one post-professional, degree-granting program per year.