Physical Therapy instruction with patient on bed

Mission and Goals


The Upstate Medical University Department of Physical Therapy Education envisions communities in which the health of individuals is promoted by physical therapists who are committed to lifelong learning, service to others and the pursuit of professional excellence.

Mission Statement

The Upstate Medical University Department of Physical Therapy Education uses innovative education, scholarship and service to inspire students and clinicians to be transformative physical therapy leaders.


Professional Education

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program will prepare students to be generalist physical therapists who embrace best practice principles and professional core values, and who are prepared to meet the changing physical therapy needs of society.

  • Students will achieve all requisite training to perform as entry level clinicians as measured by performance on the Clinical Performance Instrument (CPI)*, and all curricular assessments.
  • A minimum of 90% of graduates will pass the licensure exam on the first attempt.
  • Graduates seeking employment will be working in the field within 6 months of graduation.
  • Students will successfully complete a patient case study reflecting critical thinking and problem solving.
  • Students will successfully complete the capstone course, PHYT 651 Applied Clinical Decision Making.
  • Employers and graduate surveys will reflect positive feedback regarding the critical thinking, lifelong learning, evidence-based practice, core values and generic abilities of graduates.

The program has additional goals in the areas of scholarship and post-professional PT development but the professional education goal is fundamental to the work of the department.

Post-Professional Education

The Department of Physical Therapy Education promotes advancement of professional skills by offering post-professional programs that will enhance contemporary physical therapy practice.


All faculty will maintain a scholarly agenda that progresses toward peer-reviewed dissemination (publication) of findings.