Master of Science in Physical Therapy Program

Students are no longer being accepted into the pre-professional phase of the Master of Science in Physical Therapy (MSPT) program. The last class of students to progress through the MSPT program will graduate in May 2012.

The physical therapy program at Misericordia University received full accreditation status in 2001. Graduates of the program are eligible for licensure as physical therapists in the individual United States and territories. For additional information, contact the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education at 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria VA 22314-3245; (703) 706-3245; accreditation@apta.org.

Mission

It is the mission of the physical therapy education program to provide professional physical therapy education opportunities to the citizens of northeastern Pennsylvania and the surrounding regions of New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Pennsylvania and to help meet the physical therapy health care needs of these areas.

The physical therapy program is committed to providing an education program that produces competent physical therapy practitioners who are critical thinkers and educated consumers of research. This program will prepare graduates for productive careers in physical therapy and as advocates for and participants in life long learning.

As an entry-level professional post-baccalaureate program, the physical therapy curriculum reflects a commitment to the complementary relationship between liberal arts and professional studies which enables graduates to adapt to and deal with constantly evolving societal and professional needs.

The physical therapy program's commitment to providing affordable, quality physical therapy education expresses the founding Sisters' values and attitudes of justice, mercy, and service.

Philosophy

The MSPT physical therapy education program is based on the belief that graduates of entry-level physical therapy programs should possess the clinical decision making and problem solving skills which enable them to function as peer colleagues in the contemporary health care system. Physical therapists need to be sensitive to the needs of a culturally diverse society as evidenced by their interactions with clients, families, health care colleagues, and the community in which they practice.

An educational program for physical therapists should reflect the concepts of androgogy (adult education), including problem solving, critical thinking, analysis, integration of theory and practice, clinical decision making, mentoring, and self-directed learning.

Physical therapists should have the ability to articulate and exchange knowledge and to seek additional knowledge and skills; and they should have the ability and desire to remain open to input from and collaboration with other health care professionals. They should value collaboration and communication in a spirit of mutual collegiality among health care providers and view these as essential to meeting the health care needs of society.

A physical therapy professional education program not only prepares physical therapy generalists but also provides graduates with the tools that enable them to develop specialty expertise through the application of critical thinking and problem solving skills and a holistic approach to health care.

The academic and clinical faculty and the academic and clinical education environments must reflect and foster professional values and behaviors. The academic and clinical faculty and curriculum components must be inextricably linked for the provision of professional education programs preparing competent health care practitioners.

A diverse faculty whose members have responsibilities and activities consistent with their areas of teaching and scholarly expertise strengthens and enhances a professional education program.

Goals

The goals of the MSPT physical therapy education program are to prepare graduates who:

  1. Are physical therapist generalists capable of contemporary, competent, legal, and ethical practice.
  2. Value the relevance of critical inquiry in the validation and advancement of the art and science of physical therapy.
  3. Appreciate the roles and responsibilities of physical therapists as professionally autonomous practitioners within the health care system.
  4. Accept the responsibility for education of self, the community, clients, and colleagues in the health care system.
  5. Value and foster communication and interaction with colleagues for the benefit of optimal service to clients.
  6. Respect and respond to contemporary bio-psycho-social diversity in interactions with clients, families, colleagues, and the community.