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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 achieve equitable health and quality of life within our community and society through the advancement of physical therapist education, research, and service.


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, interprofessional, and culturally responsive.

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

Collaboration, Excellence, Innovation, Integrity, Justice, Respect and Scholarship.

American Physical Therapy Association

Accountability, Altruism, Compassion/Caring, Collaboration, Excellence, Integrity, Duty, Inclusion and Social Responsibility

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 2021 and 2022 was 99%. The first-time two-year average pass rate for the Classes of 2021 and 2022 was 91%.

The two-year average Graduation Rate as per CAPTE criteria for the Classes of 2022 and 2023 was 100%.

The two-year average Employment Rate for the Classes of 2021 and 2022 who passed the NPTE and sought employment in the field of physical therapy is 100%.