Program Mission, Philosophy, and Goals

School Of Physical Therapy Mission Statement

The mission of the Husson Physical Therapy Program is to graduate generalist practitioners with advanced skills in selected practice areas.  These skilled, knowledgeable, ethical, and reflective practitioners are independent in their assessment of client needs and collaborative within the health care team for the promotion of health and function.  These graduates are responsible and self-directed learners, both adaptable and successful in utilizing evidence-based practice to address issues within diverse and complex health care systems, practice environments and client populations.

Philosophy of Physical Therapy Education

Husson is committed to providing individuals with a personalized, cost-effective educational experience leading to successful performance in productive and satisfying careers.  In keeping with the Husson philosophy, the Physical Therapy faculty is dedicated to providing excellent student-centered learning in secure and open learning environments.  The faculty incorporates active teaching and learning strategies that support the learner in assuming responsibility for his or her behavior, self-directed learning, evidence-based clinical knowledge and skills, critical and reflective thinking, and strong clinical experiences.  The Physical Therapy program emphasizes the preparation of the generalist practitioner who provides a continuum of care responsive to the individualized needs and well-being of clients and patients from diverse backgrounds.  Given the limited access to healthcare in the rural state of Maine, the PT program is committed to ensuring that its graduates are capable of working effectively in rural environments.
In believing that each member of society has the right to receive quality health care, the Physical Therapy faculty emphasizes an educational preparation consistent with society’s expectations of a physical therapist as an autonomous practitioner, educator, evaluator, therapy provider, family and community consultant, health and wellness advocate, clinical researcher, and an effective member of the health care community.  

Program Goals

Through its faculty and curriculum, the program will demonstrate a commitment to
• Preparing graduates to competently practice physical therapy in a diversity of clinical settings.
• Enhancing the profession, the physical therapy community, and the health and wellness of the public.
• Promoting inquiry and scholarship within the Husson community and the physical therapy profession.

Faculty will demonstrate a commitment to:
• Serving as professional physical therapy role models.
• Engaging in and promoting inquiry and scholarship.
• Outstanding teaching practices that engage students in active learning.  

Student and Graduate will:
1. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to practice physical therapy as generalist practitioners with high ethical and legal standards.
2. Demonstrate advanced skills in select practice areas.
3. Develop the skills for life-long learning that will contribute to their professional development.
4. Engage in professional activities to serve the community and the profession.