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Program Mission, Philosophy, and Goals

School of Physical Therapy Mission Statement

The mission of Husson University’s School of Physical Therapy is to develop physical therapists who are specialists in the art and science of human movement, embody the characteristics of lifelong learners, and strive to be agents of change. Graduates shall be distinguishable by their skills, ethical integrity, cultural competence, collaboration, and leadership. Graduates will use evidence-based practice to optimize human movement and promote health and wellness in a dynamic healthcare environment.  


Our vision is to become a center of excellence for the education of physical therapists who are prepared to transform society through the application of their knowledge, skills, research, and leadership.

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. 

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

  1. The program will support faculty and student scholarship
  2. The program will provide pro bono services to promote health and wellness in the community
  3. The program will monitor the healthcare and educational environments and to adjust the curriculum in order to provide physical therapist education that reflects current and future needs


Faculty Goals:

  1. Faculty will demonstrate service to the University, community or the profession
  2. Faculty will engage in scholarly activities
  3. Faculty will demonstrate participation in professional development activities to maintain currency in their areas of expertise and pedagogy of teaching and learning 


Student Goals:

  1. Students will demonstrate entry-level competence in physical therapy examination, assessment and interventions targeting the human movement system 
  2. All students will demonstrate entry-level behaviors related to culture, ethics and legal responsibilities of physical therapist practice
  3. Students will participate in community or professional service activity


Graduate Goals:

  1. Graduates will demonstrate service to the profession
  2. Graduates will demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning