Doctor of Physical Therapy After Graduation
Graduation Rates: The four-year graduation rate (2013 - 2016) is 97%.
Licensure examination pass rates: Our DPT graduates have achieved an average 98% pass rate on the National Physical Therapy Exam for the last six years (2011-2016).
Employment rate: 100% of licensed graduates are employed or in residencies within six months of passing the exam.
Physical Therapy Department Outcomes Assessment
The Department of Physical Therapy has an Outcomes Committee that is charged with the task of monitoring the outcomes of our curriculum; that is, do our graduates leave the University of Evansville with the knowledge, skills, and behaviors required to succeed in any health care environment? The outcome assessment is a continuous process, and includes the review of both classroom and clinical activities. This process enables the faculty to adapt quickly to changes in the health care environment or physical therapy profession by modifying the entire curriculum, individual courses, or components of courses as needed. As a result of this ongoing assessment, the high quality and excellence that the program is recognized for is ensured.
There are several tools used to assess the program, including a Senior Survey conducted by the University, the Clinical Performance Instrument (CPI) used by all clinical instructors, an exit survey conducted by the Department of Physical Therapy, student focus groups, and a survey based on accreditation standards established by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). This survey is administered to each graduate at the time of graduation, and again one year and two years after graduation. In addition, the survey is sent to the employer of each graduate one and two years after graduation. The survey is our primary tool for monitoring outcomes and for determining what adjustments, if any, need to be made in our curriculum.
Assessment of outcomes is an ongoing process, which leads to a continual review and revision of the curriculum. This is as it must be if we are to continue to prepare our graduates for effective practice in a continually changing and challenging health care environment. We are committed to maintaining this continuous improvement.
Goals Of The Physical Therapy Program
- Provide an accredited educational program in physical therapy that enables all students to become licensed practitioners.
- Function as an essential constituent of the University.
- Provide an educational environment for students that promotes learning, a spirit of inquiry, and cultural sensitivity.
- Provide a stimulating occupational setting for faculty by promoting continuous professional development and scholarly activity.
- Encourage active participation of faculty in consultation and clinical practice.
- Encourage professional excellence through active participation of students and faculty in community service.
Expected Student Outcomes At Program Completion
Graduates of the program will be professionals who:
- are competent entry-level practitioners.
- practice self-assessment.
- apply principles of evidence based practice.
- practice in an ethical manner.
- practice in a culturally competent manner.
- are committed to lifelong learning.
- participate in professional organizations.
- participate in community volunteerism.
- are advocates for their patients.
- are advocates for their profession.