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Program Overview


The mission of the Department of Physical Therapy is to educate and prepare physical therapists to serve society through excellence in interprofessional, person-centered, culturally responsive practice, service, discovery, and professional and societal leadership.


Our Vision is to be recognized for excellence in leadership and innovation in interprofessional education, scientific inquiry, and service to the community and society. Graduates will be recognized as movement specialists engaged in evidence-based, interprofessional, and culturally competent practice to promote health and wellness of all persons.


The Department of Physical Therapy adheres to the ideal that health care is a right of all persons, and that physical therapy is an essential component of the health care system.

The Department of Physical Therapy believes academic and clinical preparation should promote the development of a well-qualified doctoring practitioner for current health care delivery environments, as well as for new and expanded physical therapy roles in future health care systems.

In keeping with the responsibilities inherent in being a health care professional, every student’s sense of professional duty should be fostered to, 1) deliver quality performance as a health care professional, 2) engage in scientific inquiry and discovery, and 3) serve as community and societal leaders.

We believe in the importance of innovative education which extends beyond the classroom to serve all members of the community and global society in a manner that is patient/client-centered, collaborative, interprofessional and future focused.

Core Values

We uphold the core values of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science and those put forth by the American Physical Therapy Association for the profession.

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Excellence • Integrity • Communication • Professionalism

Scholarship • Scientific Curiosity • Diversity

American Physical Therapy Association

Accountability • Altruism • Compassion/Caring • Collaboration

Excellence • Integrity • Duty • Social Responsibility

Core Competencies 

  • Be a skilled, ethical and professional physical therapist, well qualified for contemporary, patient-centered, evidence-based, autonomous, interprofessional practice. 
  • Be prepared to promote prevention and wellness in practice. 
  • Have a sense of professional duty that includes responsibility to use research in practice and engage in scientific inquiry and discovery. 
  • Have a sense of professional duty that includes responsibility to serve in leadership roles for the profession and for society. 

Student Achievement Measures

All graduates are eligible to complete national board licensing examination and state licensing requirements for the practice of physical therapy. The two-year average National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) ultimate pass rate for the Classes of 2019 and 2020 was 99%. The first-time two-year average pass rate for the Classes of 2019 and 2020 was 92%.

The two-year average Graduation Rate as per CAPTE criteria for the Classes of 2020 and 2021 was 100%.

The two-year average Employment Rate for the Classes of 2019 and 2020 who passed the NPTE and sought employment in the field of physical therapy is 100%.