Mission and Goals


The Division of Physical Therapy recognizes the needs of the state and missions of the West Virginia University School of Medicine and Health Sciences system. The Division works to transform WV and society by optimizing human movement through education, clinical practice, scholarship, and service. Our mission is to educate physical therapy professionals with knowledge, skills, and behaviors consistent with excellence. Working as independent collaborative professionals dedicated to human health, we strive to advance practice characterized by a unique body of knowledge, sound professional judgment and societal engagement. The Division, through faculty participation in research and scholarship, will be a leader in the school, university, community, state, and the profession.


Graduates of the program will:

  1. Deliver high quality physical therapy services to individuals and communities across a continuum of care, including rural settings.
  2. Demonstrate sound, independent clinical decisions utilizing information literacy, critical thinking skills, and scientific evidence.
  3. Function as a unique member of the health care team, including receiving and providing appropriate referrals.
  4. Provide culturally sensitive care distinguished by advocacy, trust, respect, and an appreciation for individual differences.
  5. Demonstrate a commitment to the health of the community through participation in primary and secondary prevention programs.
  6. Actively engage in local and professional advocacy in a changing health care environment.

Program faculty will:

  1. Participate in the scholarship of discovery, integration, application, and teaching
  2. Engage in service activities that benefit the university, society, and profession
  3. Engage in clinical practice (as appropriate for effort allocation) diagnosing and treating movement-related disorders that serves as a model of excellence for the community and state. Specialty areas are representative of the scope of specialty practice within physical therapy.

The Division of Physical Therapy will:

  1. Prepare PT professionals for practice with special emphasis on meeting the needs of the citizens of WV
  2. Establish an ongoing record of research funding consistent with the university’s Carnegie Classification as a Research University (High Research Activity)
  3. Demonstrate interprofessional collaboration in service, scholarship, and education
  4. Develop a self-sustaining clinical entity that includes opportunities for faculty and supports educational and research efforts
  5. Develop post-professional educational programs that prepare Physical Therapists for leadership roles in advanced clinical practice, education, and research

Expected Outcomes

Student outcomes:

  1. Graduates will demonstrate entry-level competence necessary to practice PT as a member of the health care team in diverse settings.
  2. Graduates will demonstrate the ability to make sound clinical decisions using information literacy skills, critical thinking, and scientific evidence.
  3. Graduates will find employment with special emphasis on recruitment and retention of graduates in WV.
  4. Graduates will adhere to core professional values.
  5. Graduates will demonstrate the ability to practice independently.
  6. Graduates will adhere to legal and ethical standards.
  7. Graduates will demonstrate a life-long commitment to the profession by activity in professional organizations, scholarship, education, and advocacy.

Faculty Outcomes

  1. Core faculty members will have five or more peer-reviewed products in a ten-year period.
  2. Core faculty members will participate on at least two standing or ad hoc university committees and one committee or elected position outside the university (community, state, or national level) as assigned by the chair.
  3. Faculty with clinical allocation of effort as assigned by the chair, will be engaged in direct patient care.
  4. Each faculty will earn good to excellent ratings in teaching as evaluated by the annual promotion and tenure cycle.

Program Outcomes:

  1. The PT Program will recruit and retain nationally recognized faculty.
  2. The PT Program will acquire and sustain extramural and intramural funds to support its mission.
  3. The PT Program will be represented on committees, research projects, and in teaching within other disciplines.
  4. There will be a clinical faculty practice with an associated sustainable level of revenue.
  5. The Division of Physical Therapy will sponsor at least one continuing education course per year.