Mission and Philosophy Statements

DPT Program Mission Statement:
Consistent with the mission of the Sage Graduate School and the American Physical Therapy Association Vision 2020 statement, The Sage Colleges Doctor of Physical Therapy Program prepares physical therapists who are exemplary, autonomous practitioners. The depth and breadth of our professional curriculum is enriched by the intellectual community found at our comprehensive university that is dedicated to liberal, professional, and specialized programs of study. Graduates embrace their role in promoting the profession through evidence-based practice that is respectful and sensitive to individual differences, commitment to lifelong learning that sustains clinical excellence, and service to community and society.

DPT Program Philosophy:
The members of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program believe:

  1. Physical therapists are autonomous practitioners who are lifelong learners and engage in evidence-based practice.
  2. Physical therapists are prepared to meet current and evolving practice areas by means that are consistent with the core values of professionalism in physical therapy.
  1. Clinical excellence includes the highest possible professional, ethical, legal, and scientific standards.
  1. Physical therapists need a broad base of preparation in the liberal arts, professional theory, and critical inquiry integrated with practical and applied experiences.
  1. Active hands-on learning experiences with patients/clients are essential throughout the curriculum to assist students in gaining cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills to prepare them for clinical practice.
  1. The integration of mind, body, and spirit for self and others is essential to the delivery of safe, comprehensive, and effective physical therapy services.
  1. Meeting the healthcare needs of patients/clients requires effective skills in communication, collaboration, and advocacy.
  1. Effective healthcare delivery is sensitive to the cultural and financial needs of all patients/clients in order to empower them to be active in their own care.
  1. Faculty members are models for students in their roles as educators, scholars, administrators, clinicians, consultants, and providers of professional and community service.
  1. Faculty and students have a responsibility to make positive contributions to the professional community and community-at-large.