Mission & Goals

Post Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Mission Statement

In keeping with the mission of Touro University and the Physical Therapy Department of the School of Health Sciences, the mission of the Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy program is to encourage excellence in the practice of physical therapy by providing practicing physical therapists the opportunity to continue professional development and career growth.

Program Goals

  1. The program will provide Physical Therapy practitioners with the opportunity to advance their professional degrees.
  2. The program will enhance clinical expertise.
  3. The program will provide theoretical and applied expertise to participate in clinical research.
  4. The program will develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  5. The program will enhance communication skills and information literacy, enabling advanced practice as an evidence-informed therapist.
  6. The program will provide the professional student with theories of teaching and learning as they apply to the classroom and the clinic.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon Program completion the student will:

1: Demonstrate current DPT-level equivalent knowledge and incorporate skills in medical screening, research, management, teaching, and learning into their current clinical practice.

2: Demonstrate effective skills in examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis consistent with current DPT-level practice. 

3: Demonstrate verbal and written communication skills necessary to establish effective interactions between patients/clients and the healthcare team. 

4: Illustrate competency in evidence-informed practice by utilizing critical inquiry skills to evaluate current scholarly literature and use findings to support clinical decision making.

5: Effectively prepare and present a clinical research proposal.

6: Integrate research evidence and clinical expertise into patient care. 

7: Demonstrate technology skills to locate research evidence and perform statistical analysis.

 8: Apply information on learning theories, motivation, memory, and current education technologies to teaching situations with their colleagues and patients.

9: Support growth in their professional status by contributing actively to the Physical Therapy profession, and their community.

10: Reflect upon the value of didactic coursework on the development of their evolved clinical practice via reflective essays at the end of each semester.