Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Mission

The mission of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program is to prepare individuals to be compassionate and ethical entry-level physical therapists that utilize critical thinking skills and evidence-based knowledge for decision making, and demonstrate strong interprofessional collaboration for patient-centered care that enhances function and decreases the influence of illness on society.  Graduates will be lifelong learners that utilize contemporary practice models in a variety of practice settings across the lifespan.

In realizing its mission, the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences is committed to serving the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and beyond by:

  • Preparing health professionals that demonstrate the ability to respond effectively to an ever-changing global environment
  • Conducting engaged scholarship through exploration and discovery of knowledge meaningful to teaching and health;
  • Providing a dynamic and student-centered teaching and learning environment that fosters interprofessional collaboration and the development of compassionate and ethical health professionals; and
  • Striving for excellence among students and faculty through community service, life-long learning, advocacy, and leadership with a focus on enhancing the well-being of the individual.