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Educational Goals


Recognizing the expanding role of the physical therapist, the increasing complexity of healthcare delivery, and the ever-changing health needs of society, the goals of the Alabama State University Physical Therapy Program are to prepare graduates to:

  • Practice in an ethical, legal, safe, caring, and effective manner;
  • Screen individuals to determine the need for a physical therapy examination or referral to other health professionals;
  • Examine and evaluate a patient/client in order to make an appropriate physical therapy diagnosis or referral;
  • Design and manage a comprehensive physical therapy plan of care;
  • Recognize the influence of social, economic, legislative, and demographic factors on the delivery of healthcare;
  • Interact with other healthcare professionals in ways that reflect one’s role and responsibility as a professional physical therapist;
  • Serve as an advocate for health care promotion and disease prevention;
  • Communicate with diverse audiences demonstrating sensitivity and awareness of individual differences such as age, race, gender and socioeconomic background;
  • Participate in consultative, educational, administrative/managerial, and supervisory roles in diverse practices and educational environments;
  • Assist, perform, or participate in research to add to the general body of knowledge; and
  • Critically analyze and use published literature appropriately.
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