WSSU DPT Curricular Model
DPT graduates are autonomous practitioners, leaders, and educators who embody the WSSU motto: "Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve." The program framework builds on the core values of the physical therapy profession: professionalism, ethics, social responsibility, cultural competency, and autonomous and evidence-based practice. The sixth value grows out of the historical mission of the university to address health disparities in minority groups. These core values are inculcated in students as they move from the classroom to the laboratory to the community and to the clinic.
The curriculum framework for the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program builds on the core values of the physical therapy profession. These include professionalism, ethic, social responsibility, and cultural competency. These core values are inculcated in students as they move from the classroom to the laboratory to the community to the clinic. Two additional themes, health disparities and autonomous and evidence-based practice, permeate the curriculum. The didactic, clinical, and research experiences are designed to produce autonomous practitioners, educators, and leaders who serve their communities.
The heuristic model of the DPT curriculum is built upon six primary themes:
- Ethical practice
- Social responsibility
- Cultural competency
- Autonomous and evidence-based practice
- Health disparities