The KU Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science recognizes that all members of society deserve to benefit from a health care system that promotes wellness and health. Physical therapy, a dynamic and evolving profession, is an essential component of the health care system. The practice of physical therapy includes services to all individuals through prevention, habilitation, rehabilitation and education. The profession of physical therapy is committed to providing optimum levels of care for all individuals and striving for excellence in practice.
Our goal is to prepare highly qualified, professionally adaptable physical therapists that function as clinicians, teachers, advocates and researchers. The functions of physical therapists shift as they strive to meet the needs of a diverse population of consumers and new health care delivery systems. Thus, physical therapists must be flexible and constant learners with a strong background in basic and behavioral sciences and humanities. Successful physical therapists must be self-directed and responsible individuals.
The faculty and administrators must create an educational environment that promotes active participation of the learner in the acquisition of knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for the practice of physical therapy. Faculty must ensure the rights of students in academic and clinical settings. The curriculum must consist of planned opportunities for education that encourage students to accept responsibility for their own learning and to develop skills as problem-solvers and life-long learners.
Faculty members serve as role models within the university, the profession, and the community. They participate in teaching, community service, research, clinical practice, consultation and governance of the department, the school, the university and the profession. The faculty as a whole is responsible for the development and continual evaluation of the curriculum. We recognize that the profession of physical therapy is diverse, and the backgrounds and activities of the faculty should reflect that diversity.