The mission of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at LMU is to advance physical
therapy practice through interprofessional and evidence-based educational opportunities
that engage and support students in their development into knowledgeable, skilled,
reflective, and collaborative practitioners. These characteristics will reflect the
values and principles of contemporary health care with the ultimate goal of improving
the quality of life of all people, holding a deep commitment to the Appalachian region
Our mission in combination with the missions of the College and University and physical
therapy professional practice documents, have guided the development and will guide
the implementation and ongoing assessment of the Program.
Overall, our goals reflect skilled clinical practice through the demonstration of
cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills necessary to perform all elements of
patient management within the systems-based courses in the curriculum. Their development
was guided by the following documents:
- Prepare students to excel as members of cohesive interprofessional teams to provide
comprehensive care communities in the Appalachian region and beyond.
- Increase the number of contemporary physical therapists in states encompassing the
Appalachian region and beyond.
- Provide an inclusive, student-centered, innovative, and diverse learning environment.
- Demonstrate thorough knowledge and use sound critical reasoning skills to make appropriate
clinical decisions, develop realistic interventions, and implement those interventions
to optimize movement and ultimately improve the human experience.
- Possess the skills necessary for life-long learning.
- Demonstrate the ability to effectively work as a member of an inter-professional team
to provide quality healthcare to patients.