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Program Overview

Mission

The Mission of the Department of Physical Therapy at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science is to prepare entry-level and graduate autonomous physical therapist practitioners and leaders that promote health and wellness in society, and excel in evidence-based, inter-professional, culturally competent, patient centered practice. The Department of Physical Therapy is committed to excellence in education, for the provision of quality physical therapy care, scientific inquiry, service, and professional and societal leadership.

Vision

The Department of Physical Therapy at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science will be recognized for excellence, leadership and innovation in physical therapy and inter-professional education, practice, scholarship and service to the community and society. We will continue to strive to sustain, perpetuate and enhance the Department’s legacy of quality in all endeavors.

Philosophy

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 • Excellence

Integrity • Professional Duty • Social Responsibility

Program Outcomes

  • Innovative, high quality, learner-centered education programs that attract and retain excellent students with high potential for success in the Program, and foster a life-long commitment to professional development and learning.
  • Skilled, ethical and professional graduates that are well qualified for contemporary, evidenced-based, autonomous, interprofessional practice.
  • Physical Therapists (alumni and faculty) whose sense of professional duty includes responsibility to use research in practice and to engage in scientific inquiry and discovery.
  • Physical Therapists (alumni and faculty) whose sense of professional duty includes responsibility to serve in leadership roles for the profession and for society.
  • Judicious administration and use of resources to support education, research and service functions of the Department.

Tuition

The annual tuition as of the 2015-2016 Academic year is $26,612.00 per year.

Additional costs can be anticipated for housing, books, related supplies, and potential out-of-town clerkships

Licensure

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) pass rate for the Classes of 2014 and 2015 was 98.7%. The first time NPTE pass rate for the Class of 2016 was 97.7%, exceeding the national average of 91%.

The two-year average Graduation Rate for the Classes of 2014 and 2015 was 97.5%.

The two-year average Employment Rate for the Classes of 2014 and 2015 who passed the NPTE and sought employment in the field of physical therapy is 100%.