The University of the Incarnate Word School of Physical Therapy will strive to be nationally recognized as a leader in physical therapy education for its student-centered teaching and learning model, the quality and professional distinction of its graduates, the dedication and commitment of its faculty to excellence in teaching, scholarship, leadership and service to the profession and society.

Mission Statement

The School of Physical Therapy educates physical therapists who, through skilled, reflective, holistic patient-centered practice, and scholarly activities, optimize movement and wellness for the common good of society. The faculty is committed to graduating general practitioners who are self-directed lifelong learners, and who address patient and societal needs through evidence-based decision making and promote the achievement of societal health goals. The faculty is further committed to contributing to the body of physical therapy knowledge through scholarship and serving the traditionally underserved populations in Texas and globally through education and outreach.

Graduate Attributes

Primary care healthcare professionals prepared to function collaboratively in diverse global environments as knowledgeable, competent, compassionate, caring, resourceful, confident, ethical, and legal physical therapists.

University of the Incarnate Word Mission

The first Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, three young French women, motivated by the love of God and their recognition of God’s presence in each person, came to San Antonio in 1869 to minister to the sick and the poor. Their spirit of Christian service is perpetuated in the University of the Incarnate Word primarily through teaching and scholarship, encompassing research and artistic expression. Inspired by Judeo-Christian values, the University aims to educate men and women who will become concerned and enlightened citizens. The University is committed to educational excellence in a context of faith in Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Word of God. It promotes life-long learning and fosters the development of the whole person. The faculty and students support one another in the search for and the communication of truth. The university is open to thoughtful innovation that serves ever more effectively the spiritual and material needs of people. The curriculum offers students an integrated program of liberal arts and professional studies that includes a global perspective and an emphasis on social justice and community service. The University of the Incarnate Word is a Catholic institution that welcomes to its community persons of diverse backgrounds, in the belief that their respective interaction advances the discovery of truth, mutual understanding, self-realization, and the common good.


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.