Mission

The mission of the University of Central Florida’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is to cultivate excellence in physical therapist practice through comprehensive and focused doctoral education.  The program fosters excellence through its dedication to foundational sciences, clinical skill proficiency, research and evidence-based practice, service and professional duty, and lifelong learning. The program is committed to the development and strengthening of the healthcare community in order to optimize patient care in the dynamic healthcare environment.

Vision

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Central Florida will be distinguished for:

  • Its breadth, depth, and collaborative approach to physical therapist education
  • Clinical excellence and advancement of clinical practice
  • Scholarly achievements and professional recognition of students, faculty and clinical partners
  • Dedication to the health and well-being of the Central Florida community
  • Professional commitment and advocacy
  • Cultivation of professional development to advance the practice of physical therapy

Tenets of Excellence

The University of Central Florida’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program strives to cultivate excellence in physical therapist practice. The program is devoted to the foundational principles of the doctoring healthcare profession, clinical practice advancement, research and evidence-based practice, service and professional duty, and lifelong learning. The following tenets embody the strengths and culture of UCF’s Program in Physical Therapy:

Foundational Principles

  • High standards, expectations, and lofty aspirations
  • APTA Core Values
  • Synthesis of knowledge in basic sciences leading to advanced clinical practice

Clinical Practice

  • Patient-centered care
  • Focus on evidence-based practice
  • Fostered student growth and development into specialty areas
  • Diverse core faculty composition
  • Clinical education opportunity and diversity
  • Balanced clinical preparation
  • Development through integrated clinical experiences and interprofessional education

Research & Evidence-Based Practice

  • Dedication to the research process
  • Teaching focus on evidence-based practice
  • Critical appraisal and implementation of research

Service

  • Community engagement, impact, and influence

Professional Duty

  • Devotion to service of professional associations, committees, and task forces
  • Advocacy for the profession

Lifelong Learning

  • Cultivation of advanced clinical practice and skill enhancement
  • Scientific inquiry
  • Pursuit of clinical, personal, and professional growth

Program Beliefs

  • We believe that membership in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) enhances professional development and that promoting membership should begin during entry-level physical therapist education.
  • We believe that physical therapists should uphold the scientific foundations of the practice of physical therapy and the ethical principles of the profession.
  • We believe that physical therapists should lead by example in the areas of health, wellness and prevention by being active participants in the community.
  • We believe in respect for individual and cultural differences and we encourage understanding the culture of individuals and groups.
  • We believe in the creation of a learning environment that fosters critical thinking, reflection, and lifelong learning.

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