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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

The program will:

  • develop graduates who are lifelong learners, skilled in the art and science of human movement, culturally competent, ethical and legally responsible
  • develop graduates who engage in outreach, community and professional service that contributes to the improvement of the profession and society
  • develop graduates who evaluate, critique and use current best evidence to inform practice and patient- and family-centered health care decisions
  • engage and promote professional development for the local physical therapist community through continuing education, pro bono services and legislative advocacy
  • provide the necessary resources, leadership and opportunities to allow each faculty member to develop a scholarly agenda and engage in professional service
  • embrace our clinical partners and their contribution to the education of future physical therapists
  • support the missions of the University and College Faculty Goals

The faculty will:

  • demonstrate service to the community and the profession
  • engage in scholarship that advances knowledge
  • demonstrate participation in professional development activities to learn student centered pedagogy that promotes student reflection and clinical reasoning

    Graduate Goals

Graduates will contribute to the improvement of society and the profession by:

  • Assessing and treating dysfunctions in the human movement system
  • providing evidence-based, patient-centered physical therapy services with the highest ethical and legal standards while embodying the APTA's core values.
  • advocating for the improvement of the health and wellness of all members of society
  • engaging in community and professional service
  • educating patients/clients, inter-professional colleagues, and the public in a culturally sensitive manner.
  • implementing a professional development plan that illustrates their commitment to lifelong learning