Vision, Mission & Philosopy
To empower students who dream of becoming excellent physical therapists.
In accordance with the Andrews University mission, the Physical Therapy Department provides a quality Physical Therapist education where students seek knowledge while affirming their faith within a cooperative learning environment that promotes Christian values.
The physical therapy department provides resources and encourages faculty to continue their educational, professional, and spiritual growth.
The physical therapy faculty delivers, within a Christ-centered environment, the knowledge base and clinical skills that will prepare students for contemporary physical therapy practice.
Physical therapy graduates will serve Christ as evidenced by their ministering to the needs of others through the delivery of effective professional healthcare.
The physical therapy department faculty, and graduates comprise a Christian network that is balanced in the development of its members.
Entry-Level DPT Statement of Philosophy
The Entry-Level Doctor of Physical Therapy program affirms the mission and values of Andrews University and the College of Arts and Sciences in its desire to educate professionals for generous service to others with a faithful witness to Christ.
The DPT Curriculum Plan
The student?s comprehensive liberal arts and sciences background provide a base for the DPT curriculum's foundational and clinical sciences. This background will further help students integrate their knowledge into the classroom, clinical environments, and their community.
The DPT curriculum is designed to encourage collaborative attitudes while fostering independent learning. It begins with the foundation sciences and basic assessment and intervention skills and progresses to the more complex systems approach with specialty practice areas and research interwoven where appropriate. The curriculum culminates with the clinical education component. The DPT Program is sensitive to the interests and changing needs of practitioners, patients, clients, families, caregivers, healthcare and educational systems, and to the society at large. This is especially essential within an uncertain healthcare environment, an increasingly accountable higher-education system, and an evolving body of physical therapy knowledge. Critical inquiry within the academic experience enhances the preparation for evidence-based practice as clinicians and contributes to the professional body of knowledge.
It is of utmost importance to instill within the learner the accessibility of the power of Christ. The accessibility of His power is important to utilize not only in their personal life but also within the delivery of care to the clients they serve. The program seeks to prepare the learner to discern the spiritual needs of their patients.
The DPT Graduate
Graduates of the Entry-Level Doctor of Physical Therapy program should be knowledgeable, self-assured, adaptable, reflective, and service oriented. Through critical thinking, and evidence-based practice, graduates render independent judgments concerning patient/client needs; promote the health of the client; and enhance the professional, contextual, and collaborative foundations for practice.
The graduate must master the breadth and depth of knowledge in order to address patient needs throughout the life span. These may be manifested as acute or chronic dysfunction of movement due to disorders of the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiopulmonary, and integumentary systems. The graduate?s focus should be to decrease the deleterious effects of health impairments, functional limitations, and disability.
The role of the physical therapist is expanding within a changing health care system. Graduates must be prepared for all responsibilities and privileges of autonomous practice and be the practitioner of choice for clients with a physical therapy diagnosis. Graduates will provide culturally sensitive care distinguished by trust, respect, and an appreciation for individual differences.
The graduate must also be adaptable and prepared to participate in a broad spectrum of activities from health promotion through comprehensive rehabilitation while being sensitive to market niches and needs that will arise in the health care community.
Compassion should be a driving force in the graduate's work. It is our desire that they follow the example of Christ. As He worked with those in need of physical healing, it states in Matthew 14:14: "He had compassion on them." Specifically, He felt their hurt.
The Andrews University department of physical therapy is committed to excellence in Christian healthcare education by training individuals to become physical therapists that provide evidenced-based service throughout the continuum of care.