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Educational Objectives & Goals


The overall objective of the Physical Therapy Program is to prepare students to practice state of the art physical therapy. To do this, students must become licensed in their legal jurisdiction. Currently, all jurisdictions in the United States require licensure. The educational goals of the curriculum reflect the knowledge, skills and behaviors expected of program graduates. The graduates of the Texas State University physical therapy program will be expected to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical basis of physical therapy;
  • Demonstrate clinical competency in evaluation, treatment planning and implementation; 
  • Integrate knowledge of basic sciences and physical therapy in order to modify treatment approaches  that reflect the breadth and scope of physical therapy practice; 
  • Integrate the use of basic principles of research in critical analysis of concepts and findings generated by self and others; 
  • Actively recognize the rights and dignity of individuals in planning and administering programs of care; 
  • Identify with and contribute to the aims and ideals of the profession;
  • Function as competent physical therapists in any health care setting;
  • Demonstrate command of knowledge which is necessary to function as an independent problem solver and learner in the practice environment; and
  • Practice in an ethical and legal manner.

Although the Program realizes that not all students will reach the same level of competence, all students will achieve minimum level of competencies and will achieve higher levels in some areas depending on their selection of specialty and interest options. The curriculum will prepare graduates to take the state licensure examination. Successful completion of this examination is necessary for licensure in all jurisdictions.





The graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  • communicate effectively
  • demonstrate professional behaviors
  • demonstrate sensitivity to cultural and individual differences
  • demonstrate effective clinical decision making skills
  • effectively educate others
  • demonstrate commitment to personal and professional growth
  • effectively determine client needs based on elements of patient/client management
  • efficiently and effectively develop and implement an appropriate plan of care and intervention
  • actively participate in management, consultative, and research activities