Vision, Mission, Values and Profile

Vision
Mercer University’s Physical Therapy program will be nationally recognized as a leader in education, service, scholarship, and practice.

Mission
The mission of Mercer University’s Physical Therapy Program is to prepare doctors of physical therapy who are advocates for the health promotion of individuals and society, and who are dedicated to patient/client-centered clinical excellence, lifelong professional development, and scholarly activities.

Core Values
We endorse and promote the core values of the college and the core values of professionalism in physical therapy which include accountability, altruism, compassion/caring, excellence, integrity, professional duty, and social responsibility.

Goals

  • The program will demonstrate a commitment to excellence in professional and postprofessional physical therapist education, service, scholarship, and practice.
  • Faculty will engage in activities related to teaching and learning, and professional advancement.
  • Faculty will demonstrate ongoing service to the profession and community.
  • Students will provide effective and efficient patient/client-centered care to diverse populations across the lifespan.
  • Students will incorporate sound clinical reasoning and problem solving to make evidence-based practice decisions and recommendation in all aspects of patient/client management.
  • Students will adhere to professional and ethical standards of conduct in compliance with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and to the laws and guidelines that regulate the practice of physical therapy.
  • Students will participate as providers and advocates for the health promotion, wellness, and fitness of individuals and society.
  • Students will manage available human, financial, material, and/or technological resources in a variety of traditional and nontraditional settings.
  • Students will pursue lifelong professional development regarding clinical excellence, service, and scholarship.
  • Students will collaborate effectively as members and leaders of an interprofessional team to provide evidence-based and patient-centered care.


Profile of a Graduate

The Mercer University Doctor of Physical Therapy Graduate will:

  • Provide effective and efficient patient/client-centered care to diverse populations across the lifespan.
  • Incorporate sound clinical reasoning and problem solving to make evidence-based practice decisions and recommendation in all aspects of patient/client management.
  • Adhere to professional and ethical standards of conduct in compliance with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and to the laws and guidelines that regulate the practice of physical therapy.
  • Participate as providers and advocates for the health promotion, wellness, and fitness of individuals and society.
  • Manage available human, financial, material, and/or technological resources in a variety of traditional and nontraditional settings.
  • Pursue lifelong professional development regarding clinical excellence, service, and scholarship.
  • Collaborate effectively as a member and leader of an interprofessional team to provide evidence-based and patient-centered care.