DPT Mission, Goals, and Student Outcomes
The Marymount University Doctor of Physical Therapy (MUDPT) program prepares generalist practitioners to deliver best available physical therapist practice for improving movement, function and health across diverse individuals and communities. The program employs a dynamic learning-in-context environment that is warm and welcoming. Critical thinking, professionalism, respecting individual differences, and adherence to ethical practices ground all classroom, clinic, and community activities.
- Students are well prepared to fulfill the multiple professional roles and responsibilities relevant to contemporary physical therapist practice in a changing and diverse environment.
- Students demonstrate commitment to service in community and professional activities.
- Students engage in activities that enrich and expand their perspective of the role of the physical therapist in the global world.
- Faculty integrate a robust and diverse repertoire of teaching strategies and contemporary technology to actively engage students in learning.
- Core faculty contribute to the advancement of knowledge associated with their scholarship agenda.
- Faculty model community and professional service as a valued professional responsibility.
- The program is structured to challenge students to reason critically, apply contemporary best evidence, and approach clinical practice in an empathetic and patient-centered manner to achieve patient-effective and resource-efficient outcomes.
- The program is recognized as a valuable resource to the wider community.
- The program regularly seeks opportunities to enrich student life through activities that infuse a global perspective and that build cultural competence.
Student Outcome Statements:
- Functions independently, managing patients with a wide variety of simple or complex conditions
- Perform skilled physical therapist examinations, interventions, and clinical reasoning proficiently and consistently
- Applies best available scientific evidence, clinical judgment, and patient preferences in physical therapy patient management
- Manages a full-time physical therapist’s caseload to achieve resource-efficient and patient-effective outcomes;
- Exhibits care, compassion, and empathy in delivering physical therapy services sensitive to individual, cultural, and social differences
- Implements a self-directed plan for professional development and lifelong learning.
These outcomes represent the most recent three-year period (2009-2011) for which final data is available. The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) expects all accredited physical therapy programs to post their student outcomes on their website:
- The ultimate pass rate of Marymount DPT graduates on the national PT licensure exam is 100%.
- The percent of entering DPT students who ultimately graduate with the DPT degree is 82.5%
- The employment rate for Marymount DPT graduates is 100% within six months of passing the licensure exam (for all graduates seeking employment).