Physical Therapy Program
ASU’s physical therapy program provides opportunities for interactive learning in our problem-oriented, competency-based curriculum focused on primary body systems (cardiopulmonary, integumentary, musculoskeletal and neurosensory). The experienced professional faculty provide an exceptional blend of educational, research and clinical expertise for students desiring a career in physical therapy.
Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
ASU’s physical therapy program offers a fully accredited, contemporary, 36-month entry-level graduate professional program leading to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.). Students begin their lock step, sequenced professional course of study in their first summer term to complete the full-time curricular course of study. Up to 26 individuals will be recommended to the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies for admission into the D.P.T. program. The program offers several opportunities rarely found elsewhere in other Texas physical therapy programs:
- An unparalleled Carr Graduate Scholarship Program offering a distinctive scholarship opportunity to highly qualified students to earn their D.P.T. degree with most tuition paid.
- Faculty-to-student ratio.
- 100 percent licensure pass rate for the DPT program 2012-2013 or 98.80 percent licensure pass rate and 100 percent employment rate of all licensed graduates seeking employment (calculation based on average since program inception, graduates of 2002-13).
- An affordable program in the state of Texas.
- Clinical integration begins early in the curriculum.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Angelo State University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.
The ASU physical therapy program was granted full accreditation by the CAPTE on October 30, 2002. The accredited program was initially for a Master of Physical Therapy, but has since converted to a Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.), which gained final approval through the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on January 29, 2009. The first D.P.T. class matriculated in the summer of 2009 with the first graduation on May 12, 2012. Current accreditation is in place until June 30, 2018.
The physical therapy program houses state-of-the-science facilities. This includes six skills laboratories available for manual therapy, orthopedic and wound care instruction, electrotherapy, gait analysis and neuroscience. Four dedicated faculty/student research labs, a fine motor motion analysis lab, a gross motor motion analysis lab, a human performance lab and a motor control lab are designed to support student experiences and faculty/student research. Two multi-purpose classrooms and a human anatomy lab have also been dedicated to our program.
Students should be aware that all physical therapist professional education programs in the United States are subject to accreditation “standards that assure quality and continuous improvement in the entry-level preparation of physical therapists, and reflect the evolving nature of education, research, and practice.” While the Education Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) recognizes that there are proprietary organizations that rank physical therapist education programs, the profession encourages prospective students to provide their own comparisons through careful examination of information on program and APTA websites, and visits to the campuses to talk with enrolled students and program faculty.
Mission of the Physical Therapy Program
The mission of the physical therapy program, consistent with Angelo State University, is to provide quality education, research and service and to ultimately improve the functional outcomes of patients/clients who receive physical therapy services. Faculty members engage in service, contribute to the body of knowledge through advanced clinical research and prepare graduates to be competent clinicians in general practice. Through this mission, graduates of the physical therapy program are prepared to:
- Provide the highest level of service with professionalism and sensitivity for the uniqueness of all individuals
- Apply the principles of logic and the scientific method
- Engage in clinical decision making and problem solving based on examination and intervention choices that are defensible and reflect evidence-based practice
- Provide coordination, communication and documentation consistent with a collaborative team approach
- Serve as advocates and educators for clients and the profession
- Uphold a high level of legal and ethical practice
- Become active participants in organizations and/or endeavors that promote the values of the profession
Philosophy of the Physical Therapy Program
The profession of physical therapy is an integral and essential part of the health care delivery system. The quality of care provided by physical therapists, to a broad spectrum of citizens of all ages and backgrounds in a variety of practice environments, has been a catalyst for the profession’s expanding role. The primary purpose of physical therapy is to promote, restore and maintain optimal human function. Physical therapists, as autonomous health care providers, will collaborate with other providers in the system to examine, intervene and prevent human movement dysfunction.
The physical therapy program at Angelo State University recognizes its responsibilities as part of a research, teaching and service institution. The challenge of discovering new knowledge complements the opportunity faculty have to prepare students who will provide compassionate, efficacious and defensible examinations, interventions and referrals to the residents of the region, state and nation. Collectively and individually, the faculty will make contributions to the scholarship, teaching and service roles that professional education at the graduate level requires.