The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Vermont is well recognized for preparing practitioner-scholars who are able to successfully translate evidence into contemporary best practice.The program includes coursework related to the science and art of physical therapy, including basic, clinical and applied sciences and concepts of practice management, health policy, and ethics and quality in health care, preparing graduates to provide patient-centered care in an evolving and complex health care environment.
Graduates earn a doctoral degree in physical therapy and practice in many different settings including outpatient practices, rehabilitation facilities, acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities, school systems and home health agencies. Many graduates obtain advanced degrees in clinical specialties, or become practice owners, clinical administrators, or academic faculty.
MISSION AND VISION
The UVM Doctor of Physical Therapy program's mission is to prepare graduates to lead and collaborate in the quest of promoting the health of individuals, communities and society through movement and exercise in order to optimize function, activity, and participation across environments. UVM graduates provide ethical, evidence-based, client-centered services in a culturally sensitive manner as they serve society to enhance quality of life. Graduates are decision-makers in the primary care team who have a clear understanding of the importance of lifelong learning that will support their client, patient, and professional needs. Faculty model and support student learning of these expected educational outcomes.
Our vision is to be recognized for leadership in our contribution to the creation, advancement, and dissemination of translational research while striving toward excellence to education Doctor of Physical Therapy scholars who collaborate to "transform society by optimizing movement," for the promotion of individual and population health of our communities and society.
The program combines seminars, lectures, and hands-on lab experiences that allow students to integrate clinical, theoretical, and professional concepts. Students broaden their professional preparation through 36 weeks of clinical internships interspersed throughout the curriculum. Internships are offered throughout the U.S. in a variety of specialty areas.
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the national professional licensure examination administered through the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. The Office of Professional Regulation in the Vermont Secretary of State's office governs licensure requirements for Vermont.
The Physical Therapy Program at the University of Vermont is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: (703) 706-3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website www.capteonline.org.