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.
Physical therapy may be defined as the care and services provided by or under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist including:
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.
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:
Goal 2: Mentor students in the development of professional core values.
Outcomes for Goal 2:
Goal 3: Provide opportunities for students to grow in their Christian faith and values.
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Goal 4: The faculty will develop scholarly products that will contribute to the body of knowledge in physical therapy.
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Goal 5: Advocate for the public, profession, and university through a variety of service activities.
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Goal 6: Provide opportunities for post-professional education and development.
Outcome for Goal 6:
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