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Doctor of Physical Therapy


Program Mission, Vision, and Core Values

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Mission Statement: The St. Ambrose University Physical Therapy Department enables students, staff, and faculty to enrich their own lives and the lives of others to positively impact the Physical Therapy profession and society.

Vision Statement: The St. Ambrose University Physical Therapy Department will be a premier department creating leaders who optimize healthcare.

Core Values: As a Department, the faculty, staff, and students are committed to excellence and quality in:

Clinical Practice:
We value clinical experience and practice to enhance the learning and fulfillment of our mission. Our curricula stress clinical reasoning and problem solving skills. Graduates will be known for compassionate care that balances the best evidence, experience of the therapist, and the goals of the patient. We collaborate with other healthcare professions to maximize learning, patient care and outcomes.

Interpersonal skills:
Students, staff and faculty will interact appropriately and effectively with all individuals. We exhibit altruism and an empathetic approach during all interactions and respect individual differences. We promote cultural competence and address difficult issues with sensitivity and objectivity. We strive to motivate and empower people to achieve their goals.

Students, staff, and faculty will lead lives of professional duty, which emphasize integrity and excellence, and demonstrate accountability, altruism, compassion / caring and social responsibility.

The creation, translation, and application of new knowledge is foundational to optimizing healthcare. Faculty serve as role models by linking theory to practice and fulfilling a scholarly agenda that serves to advance the profession of physical therapy. Students utilize the principles of evidence based practice in the classroom and clinical education experiences.

We build upon our University's Catholic identity to serve others, our profession, the University, and society in the pursuit of social justice and peace. Our service ranges from working with the underserved, membership on committees and task forces, mentoring others, and participation in professional organizations. Further, we promote service by supporting and fostering service-learning experiences and opportunities. Through our focus and commitment to service we advance the profession of physical therapy and enhance the health of ourselves and our community.

For more information about the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, contact Carrie Meador-Bliss, at 563/333-6403 or email at