Physical Therapy Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

The primary educational outcome of the program is to prepare the graduate for practice wherein physical therapists are recognized by consumers and other health care professionals as the practitioners of choice…for the diagnosis of, interventions for, and prevention of impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities related to movement, function, and health. (American Physical Therapy Association Vision Statement 2020)

The Department of Physical Therapy, the Westbrook College of Health Professions, and the University of New England are committed to offering a quality physical therapist education program that complies with the evaluative criteria of the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). The program provides learning experiences to enable graduates to achieve the following outcomes required for the practice of physical therapy set forth by CAPTE, effective, January 2006.

After completing the physical therapy curriculum, students will:

  1. Integrate concepts from the biological, physical, behavioral, and clinical sciences into physical therapy services
  2. Exhibit professional conduct and behaviors that are consistent with the legal and ethical practice of physical therapy
  3. Demonstrate compassion, caring, integrity, and respect for differences, values, and  preferences in all interactions with patients/clients, family members, health care providers, students, other consumers, and payers 
  4. Demonstrate culturally sensitive verbal, nonverbal, and written communications that are effective, accurate, and timely
  5. Collect and critically evaluate data and published literature to apply in the delivery of care, practice management, and to examine the theoretical and scientific basis for physical therapy
  6. Screen patients/clients to determine if they are candidates for physical therapy services or if referral to, or consultation with, another health care professional or agency is warranted
  7. Complete a patient/client examination/reexamination and evaluate and interpret the examination data to determine a physical therapy diagnosis and prognosis
  8. Employ critical thinking, self-reflection, and evidence-based practice to make clinical decisions about physical therapy services 
  9. Collaborate with patients/clients, caregivers, and other health care providers to develop and implement an evidence-based plan of care that coordinates human and financial resources 
  10. Provide services and information related to health promotion, fitness, wellness, health risks, and disease prevention within the scope of physical therapy practice
  11. Advocate for patient/client and profession
  12. Provide consultative services and education to patients/clients, caregivers, health care workers, and the public using culturally sensitive methods that are adapted to the learning needs, content, and context
  13. Employ effective leadership skills in the context of supervising, delegating and mentoring within the profession