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Doctor of Physical Therapy Mission & Philosophy

Thank you for your interest in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University.

The DPT program is currently seeking accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)* and is also pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

* Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on December 1, 2017. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is to educate and form entry level Doctor of Physical Therapy practitioners in a faith-based academic community. Students are educated to become skilled, ethical servant leaders who are valued contributors to the health professions and to the community.

Program Philosophy

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University believes in student-centered learning and has a strong devotion to developing lifelong learners in entry-level DPT graduates.  Some of the courses will be taught in the more traditional lecture/laboratory style initially, and supplemented with online activities to generate student engagement.  These will transition to more active, student-focused techniques that engage students through search of literature, group collaborations and case-based/problem based formats that require students to solve real world problems.  Students will also engage in interdisciplinary simulation exercises in our Simulated Environment Teaching Hospital (SETH), where they will interact with students from a variety of clinical and non-clinical programs on cases that challenge their expectations and beliefs.

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