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Students studying in small group in common area

Search for and Communication of Truth

Self-Directed Life-Long Learning

The search for and the communication of truth is one of the core values of the University of the Incarnate Word. It is the mission of the School of Physical Therapy to graduate physical therapists who are self-directed life-long learners, and who address patient and societal needs through evidence-based practice.

Evidence-Based Practice

Students admitted to the entry-level Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Doctor of Physical Therapy Program are actively engaged in their own learning from day one. Guided by faculty members, students develop the necessary skills to critically analyze existing information, explore the literature and apply the available evidence to case scenarios.

Critical Self-Reflection

Integrated throughout the program are opportunities for self-reflection, self- and peer-assessment. During their first semester, students self-assess their core values as well as their motivation and attitude towards learning, and set goals for improvement. Students engage in discussions and reflections as a means of assessing their own or their peers’ actions and behaviors.


Faculty (Dr. Susan Smith) and Class of 2017 students (Hope Alexa and Kelly Joiner) represents the School of Physical Therapy at the Mass of Holy Spirit 2014. Symbol for the physical therapy profession is an anatomical model of a hand.

Catholic Education

Education Excellence in a Context of Faith

As a private Catholic institution, the University of the Incarnate Word is committed to educational excellence in a context of faith in Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Word of God. Recognizing the value of diversity and global interaction, the University of the Incarnate Word School of Physical Therapy welcomes people of all faith traditions. As a health profession, Physical Therapy supports the mission of Jesus Christ in serving the needs of patients, clients and society as a whole.

Human Dignity and Moral Responsibility

Faculty, staff, and administrators within the School of Physical Therapy serve as role models to students as they create an environment that values human dignity across diverse social backgrounds and foster moral responsibility and academic excellence. Discussions of values, ethics and social justice and global issues are integrated within the curriculum.

Community Engagement

Students plan and facilitate community outreach projects and participate in community service opportunities. The School of Physical Therapy also provides opportunities for students to worship and pray together, growing in their own faith.


Students participating in the Health and Safety Fair 2012

Service Learning

Community Outreach

Throughout the program, students are encouraged to learn while serving the community they live in. As part of the Professional Critical Self-Reflection Course series, students are required to be engaged in their community and to reflect on what they have learned from the experience and about the significance of their learning on their development as healthcare professionals. All DPT students are members of the American Physical Therapy Association, and they are encouraged to attend and participate in local, state, and national professional meetings.

All faculty of the School of Physical Therapy serve on School and/or University committees, and are actively engaged in their professional associations and community.

Faith/Spiritual Development Services

The Mindful Moments Room, a non-denominational quiet place to pray or meditate, is located on the second floor of the School of Physical Therapy. In addition, Mr. Josh Welker, a representative of the University Mission and Ministry Office, is available on a part-time basis for personal discussions. Students are always welcome to participate in worship ministry and other events offered by the Campus Ministry Office, located on the main campus. Such services include retreats, Bible study, and community service opportunities. For additional information or to submit a prayer request, visit the Campus Ministry website at