Mission and vision
We develop physical therapy practitioners who are
professional leaders in the autonomous delivery of quality health care.
The mission of the physical therapy Program at Northern
Arizona University is to graduate clinically and culturally competent physical
therapists with a foundation in natural, behavioral, applied, and health
sciences, coupled to the art and science of physical therapy, who can evaluate
and manage individuals across the lifespan and who are committed to life-long learning,
professional self-development, and clinical inquiry.
Program goals and expected outcomes
- Graduates of the Program will be actively
involved in the profession of physical therapy to improve public access and
knowledge of the profession as well as improve patient care.
- Graduates of the Program will be ethical,
competent and caring physical therapy practitioners.
- Faculty and graduates of the Program will be
leaders in the profession at the local, state and national or international
- Faculty and graduates of the Program will
incorporate evidence-based principles throughout the curriculum.
- The Program will utilize high quality clinical
education sites to augment the didactic portion of the curriculum and to
provide students with professional mentorship and socialization.
- The Program will provide a learning environment
that supports a student-centered approach, maximizes student performance,
fosters independence, lifelong learning and be able to critically think,
integrate information from various sources and therefore solve clinical
- The Program will assist community and university
efforts to support the underserved populations of the American Southwest.