DPT Mission, Outcomes & Program Objectives


The Physical Therapy Program at Johnson & Wales University will prepare its graduates for professional practice as Doctors of Physical Therapy. Graduates will communicate and engage effectively with a diverse group of patients, caregivers, and other providers during the provision of physical therapy services in a contemporary clinical environment as general practitioners of physical therapy. To accomplish this, students and graduates must demonstrate a commitment to self-directed lifelong learning, professionalism, empathy, and service to others.

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Program Goals & Objectives

JWU’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program will:

  • 1. Provide students with the knowledge and professional behaviors required to be skilled, evidence-based Doctors of Physical Therapy.
  • 2. Prepare students to equitably meet the diverse and unique health and movement needs of local, regional, and global communities, including those historically underrepresented.
  • 3. Prepare graduates to be reflective practitioners committed to lifelong learning who will demonstrate leadership skills as they serve within their professional communities.

Graduate Goals and Outcomes

  • 1. Apply clinical decision-making skills to effectively develop and implement a physical therapy examination, diagnosis, prognosis, and plan of care.
  • 2. Evaluate evidence to facilitate best patient outcomes by effective use of the professional literature and current information technologies.
  • 3. Adapt delivery of physical therapy services with consideration for patients’ differences, values, preferences, and needs.
  • 4. Communicate effectively and professionally with a diverse group of patients, healthcare professionals, paraprofessionals, and community members to provide patient-centered and socially responsible care.
  • 5. Demonstrate a commitment to professional physical therapist practice, consistent with the core values of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
  • 6. Develop scholarly work that informs evidence-based practice for clinical decision making or investigates innovative physical therapy interventions utilizing solid theoretical constructs.