About the Department : Mission and Philosophy

Mission and Philosophy

The mission of the UMMSOM Department of Physical Therapy is to:

  • Educate, develop and nurture the next generation of leaders in physical therapy
  • Deliver high-caliber, compassionate physical therapy care in a wide variety of settings.
  • Create and disseminate new knowledge in support of the evidence based practice of physical therapy.
  • Provide service to our local community and beyond.
  • Create an educational and clinical environment that embodies diversity of people and perspectives.

The individual and collective efforts of all members of the Graduate Programs in Physical Therapy are directed toward the attainment of specific goals and objectives that emanate from the principles expressed in the following philosophic statement:

“Physical therapy is a health profession whose primary purpose is the promotion of optimal human health and function through the application of scientific principles to prevent, examine, evaluate and intervene in order to alleviate acute or prolonged movement dysfunction through evidence-based practice. “

Implicit in the University of Miami Department of Physical Therapy’s philosophy is the development and application of the principles and practices of the professional discipline, clinical decision making, education, leadership, management and research. Thus, our graduates are prepared for future professional and societal obligations through providing leadership and contributing to both the growth of the profession, and the clinical research agenda.

The graduate programs in physical therapy at the University of Miami are committed to providing quality educational experiences at three levels: 1) entry into the profession (DPT); 2) attainment of advanced skills in areas of specialization (Residency); and 3) preparation of research-oriented academic faculty members (PhD). All three programs have structured learning experiences aimed at enhancing the health of the public, optimizing patient care and promoting research. The faculty of these programs strive to prepare professionals who can effectively carry out the expanding responsibilities of physical therapists as health care providers practicing independently in preventative, evaluative, maintenance, acute care and rehabilitation settings; and in education, consultative and research environments.

The faculty recognize and value the importance of a strong background in basic and applied science and the humanities. All three curricula, therefore, include integration and expansion of knowledge in the sciences, the humanities, and applied science as they apply to physical therapy practice. In order to facilitate the development of attitudes and insights necessary for sustained and continued professional growth, the faculty model the characteristics of critical thinking, therapeutic presence, commitment to research, and tolerance for ambiguity.