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The goals of the Physical Therapy program, with objectives listed below each respective goal, in keeping with the mission of NYIT are as follows:

  1. Create an academic environment that will prepare the student to assume the multifaceted roles of the clinical practitioner, teacher, researcher, consultant, administrator, and patient advocate.
    • Provide a curriculum that reflects current physical therapy practice and research
    • Provide a clinical education experience that provides the opportunity to observe and practice the different roles of a physical therapist.
    • Provide simulated experiences that require the engagement of critical thought processes to assure development of the different roles of the physical therapist.
  2. Recruit students of all cultures and backgrounds who wish to pursue a career in physical therapy and whose academic and volunteer work indicates a motivational commitment to learning.
    • Expand the number, quality, and diversity of the applicant pool through presentations at all NYIT functions, local high schools, and college fairs.
    • Enhance communication with prospective students and their families through information resources such as brochures, web-page, and email networks
    • Provide advisement to prospective students who are currently undergraduate and /or post baccalaureate.
    • Provide an environment supportive of cultural diversity and enrich the profession in its service to a diverse population
  3. Integrate evidence-based knowledge and technology-based education
    • Provide assistance to students in using the technology incorporated into the curriculum
    • Establish and maintain web-pages for all courses within the physical therapy curriculum
    • Continually update and integrate new biomedical and biopsychosocial knowledge into the curriculum using an evidence-based approach.
    • Implement technology-based methods in the delivery of the curriculum.
  4. Provide a research environment for faculty and students to develop applications-oriented research.
    • Maintain and enhance laboratories conducive to physical therapy research.
    • Facilitate research through collaboration and mentoring using expertise of the institution and physical therapy community.
    • Develop faculty development programs in the area of research/scholarship
    • Acquire supplemental resources to support and facilitate research projects
    • Establish research as a requirement for faculty and student development
  5. Stay abreast of continuing changes in physical therapy education.
    • Provide faculty representation at APTA conferences in order to stay abreast of current educational research
    • Monitor educational innovations through the professional literature
    • Incorporate educational innovations through the department's curriculum review committee
  6. Provide educational opportunities for the greater physical therapy community.
    • Conduct continuing professional education courses.
    • Offer an annual seminar for Clinical Education Faculty.
    • Provide the opportunity for adjunct and clinical education faculty to audit classes in the curriculum.
    • Provide graduate credit allowance for clinical education faculty.
    • Provide library privileges for adjunct and clinical education faculty.


Competencies (student outcomes)

By the completion of the program the graduate will be able to:

  1. Determine the physical therapy needs of any patient or client through examination and evaluation.
    • Recognize normal structure and function of the health organism from conception to death.
    • Recognize areas in which structure and function are abnormal.
    • Select appropriate methods to assess the function, dysfunction or abnormality.
    • Perform (modify if necessary) and record the results of necessary examination procedures to assess the function of appropriate systems including: neurological, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, pulmonary, and integumentary.
    • Interpret the results of examination procedures.
    • Determine initially and on a continuing basis the nature and extent of the patient's need for intervention and the potential of the patient to respond to specific forms of intervention.
  2. Develop a plan of action to meet the individual's physical therapy needs.
    • Utilize critical thinking and discriminating judgments to integrate scientific theory with the results of patient evaluation to establish realistic long and short term goals, which correlate to other, and to consider economic and social influences (within the community, family, and patient) that may affect the outcome of the plan.
    • Select the most appropriate procedures available in terms of clinical outcomes, cost effectiveness, and potential for achieving long-and short term goals.
    • Reassess the plan of action in relation to the patient's response and modify as necessary.
  3. Implement the physical therapy plan of action designed to: maintain and restore strength, endurance, coordination, and range of motion to improve or restore function, promote healing, relieve pain.
    • Determine the type, time, and intensity of the procedure to be used.
    • Determine the personnel preferred for the administration of each aspect of treatment.
    • Effectively perform treatment procedures in a manner appropriate to the patient's status.
    • Prepare patients, treatment area, and equipment in a manner that assures the patient's dignity, safety, privacy, and treatment efficiency.
  4. Communicate appropriately and effectively with patients and families, colleagues, and the public.
    • Consistently use effective written, oral, and nonverbal communication skills.
    • Provide psycho-social support for patients and their families.
    • Function as an effective member of the health care team or other working group.
    • Recognize and respect individual, cultural, socioeconomic, and religious difference in people.
    • Recognize and understand one's own personal reaction to illness and disability.
  5. Adhere to safe, ethical, and legal practice.
    • Recognize and understand the priority of safety in dealing with another individual's physical and mental well-being.
    • Accept responsibility for one's own actions and their consequences.
    • Make decisions within the scope of practice as a physical therapist.
    • Practice physical therapy in a variety of settings with the goal being to promote optimal health and to maximize the highest level of function.
  6. Apply the administrative principles of planning, organization, supervision, control, and evaluation while working within or managing a physical therapy service
    • Recognize the impact of external agencies or departments on the management of a physical therapy service and respond to those agencies or departments with appropriate actions.
    • Plan a physical therapy service in any setting.
    • Appreciate the importance of good management practice to the daily operation of a physical therapy service.
  7. Apply the basic educational concept of teaching within the clinical practice of physical therapy.
    • Develop clear, concise, and appropriate learning objectives for patient education, in-service, and continuing education activities.
    • Evaluate the effectiveness of learning experiences
  8. Apply the basic principles of statistics and research methodology within the practice of physical therapy.
    • Critically analyze new concepts and findings provided by others.
    • Use the scientific method to resolve simple problems related to the practice of physical therapy.
    • Accept the value of research in physical therapy
  9. Contribute to the quality of health of the community and to improvement of the effectiveness of the health care system of the community.
    • Effectively participate in the community in a manner that reflects an acceptance of the role of the physical therapist in the health care system.
    • Participate in and appreciate the function of appropriate national associations.
    • Demonstrate a sense of responsibility in regards to contemporary health issues as they impact on physical therapy services.
  10. Accept that being a professional is a continuing process and assume responsibility for professional and personal growth and development.
    • Assume the responsibility for one's own learning.
    • Perform in a manner which reflects an acceptance of the value of professional behavior.