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Entry-Level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

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Accreditation

The Entry-Level Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine is accredited by the:

 

Commission of Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, Virginia, 22314
703-706-3245
accreditation@apta.org 

Student Outcomes: Retention Rate, Graduation Rate, Licensure Pass Rate, and Employment Rate

Please click on the link for UM-SOM-PTRS Student Outcomes (for 2010-2014) including retention rates, graduation rates, and licensure pass rates.

Introduction

The Entry-Level Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum is designed to prepare physical therapy students to function as independent entry-level practitioners upon graduation.

Educational Goals and Outcomes

Program Goals and Expected Outcomes 

The program will:

  1. Advance the student’s capacity for thinking analytically and critically in spirit of scientific inquiry through facilitated seminars and didactic discussions in the curriculum.
    • Expected outcome: The program will ensure a progression of activities that integrate science and clinical practice throughout the curriculum (didactic content and clinical correlates in Year 1 courses and a minimum of 2 seminars per clinical block).
  2. Contribute to student’s ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with patients families and health care providers through structured clinical learning opportunities (Case reports and Communication Project) in I2 and I3
    • Expected outcome: The program will offer a minimum of 2 structured clinical learning opportunities in the form of Case Report and Communication Project in I2 and I3
  3. Cultivate a level of clinical competence to provide effective efficient and humanistic heath care in diverse practice settings by offering professional practice opportunities and clinical experiences in a variety of settings for each student.
    • Expected outcome: Every student will be exposed to a minimum of 3 different practice settings as part of clinical experiences.
  4. Expand the student’s ability to appreciate contributions of research through discussion of design, measurement and statistical analysis, as it helps to expand the knowledge base of the physical therapy profession.
    • Expected outcome: Every student will complete a knowledge competency and a knowledge based applications of scientific evidence for clinical practice (CAP and CAT)
  5. Encourage the students’ participation in service and professional activities that promote the advancement of the profession.
    • Expected outcome: The program will facilitate student participation in a minimum of 2 campus and / or community health service and /or professional activities that promote the profession of physical therapy
  6. Promote the student’s ability to create a lifelong plan of continuing personal and professional development through the development of professional portfolio throughout the curriculum.
    • Expected outcome: The program will require that every student will complete a professional portfolio prior to graduation.
  7. Promote the provision of clinical service to the citizens of Maryland upon graduation through clinical care, wellness services, and healthcare advocacy.
    • Expected outcomes: a) At least 50% of the graduates will be licensed to work in the state of Maryland, b) The program will provide a minimum of 3 wellness or healthcare advocacy service opportunities each year for student participation

The faculty will:

  1. Demonstrate excellence in teaching and student evaluation as well as contemporary expertise in areas of teaching responsibilities.
    • Expected outcome: a)100% of the core faculty will demonstrate contemporary expertise in areas of assigned teaching on each block’s teaching evaluations by students and peer assessment and, b) 100 % of core faculty will score an average of very good to outstanding on each block’s teaching evaluations by students and peer assessment
  2. Participate in the development of new knowledge and evidence that enhances rehabilitation science and the profession of physical therapy.
    • Expected outcome: 2a)50% of core faculty will be engaged in scientific research producing new knowledge and evidence as measured by at least one grant submission and two published manuscripts for these faculty per year, 2b) 100% of core faculty will have an active scholarly agenda with at least one disseminated scholarly product each year
  3. Model commitment to promoting the physical therapy profession and rehabilitation science through engagement in service activities and with scientific and professional organizations in university/local, national, and/or international communities.
    • Expected outcome: 100% of the faculty will be members in either a local, national or scientific professional organization with 50% holding an office, leadership position, or committee membership.

The students will:

  1. Integrate evidence and demonstrate critical thinking to support clinical decision making.
    • Expected outcomes: a) 100% of the students will successfully complete 2 PICO projects with 90% scoring A’s, b) 100% of the students will achieve an “entry-level” score on CPI criterion #7 (clinical reasoning) by end of I3, c) 100 % of the students will complete a written Case Report with 15% scoring over 90% to qualify for Research Day presentation
  2. Screen, examine, evaluate, diagnose, and provide appropriate interventions for client/patient management across the lifespan.
    • Expected outcome: 100% of the students will successfully meet requirements for PBAs and clinical education with patients across the lifespan.
  3. Demonstrate clinical competence in a minimum of 3 practice settings, which include medically complex, rehabilitation, and community based settings.
    • Expected outcome: 100% of the students will achieve passing scores on the CPI for each full time clinical education experience
  4. Communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with patients’ families and health care providers.
    • Expected outcomes: a) 100% of the students will successfully complete the Consultation Assignment in I2 and I3, b) 100% of students will successfully complete patient communication requirements for CQM (tester and patient feedback)
  5. Participate in service and other professional activities that promote the advancement of the physical therapy profession
    • Expected outcomes: a) 100% of the students will participate in at least one service related activity prior to graduation, b) 75% of the students will attend at least one local or national professional conference by graduation, c) at least 3 students in each class will hold an active position in a professional organization (student representative, committee member), 5d) 100% of the students will be members of at least 1 professional organization at the local, national or international level
  6. Demonstrate the ability to design a professional portfolio to guide lifelong learning and development
    • Expected outcome: 100% of the students will successfully complete a comprehensive personal development portfolio by the end of the program

The graduates will:

  1. Function as an entry-level independent point of entry provider of physical rehabilitation and rehabilitation services.
    • Expected outcome: NPTE first time passage rate will be 98% or higher.
  2. Effectively manage care for persons in medically-complex, rehabilitation, and community-based settings
    • Expected outcome: 90% of respondents will score at or above entry-level on the graduate outcome survey, and 95% of respondents will score at or above entry-level at the 6-month graduate and employer outcome surveys.
  3. Autonomously practice in a variety of healthcare environments
    • Expected outcome: 90% of respondents will score at or above entry-level on the graduate outcome survey, and 95% of respondents will score at or above entry-level on the 6-month graduate and employer outcome surveys
  4. Provide guidance and interventions to promote wellness and prevention and to enhance the physical performance of persons in the community
    • Expected outcome: 90% of respondents will score at or above entry-level on the graduate outcome survey, and 95% of respondents will score at or above entry-level on the 6-month graduate and employer outcome surveys
  5. Effectively communicate orally and in writing with patient/families, colleagues, other health care professionals and the general public
    • Expected outcome: 90% of respondents will score at or above entry-level on the graduate outcome survey, and 95% of respondents will score at or above entry-level on the6-month graduate and employer outcome surveys
  6. Contribute to the management of physical therapy services, administration and marketing strategies, and fiscal responsibilities within a practice setting
    • Expected outcome: 90% of respondents will score at or above entry-level on the graduate outcome survey, and 95% of respondents will score at or above entry-level on the 6-month graduate and employer outcome surveys
  7. Initiate a plan of lifelong learning and continuing competence
    • Expected outcomes: a) 90% of respondents will score at or above entry-level on the graduate outcome survey, and 95% of respondents will score at or above entry-level on the 6-month graduate and employer outcome surveys, b) 100% of respondents will have attended at least 1 continuing competence activity by the 6 month graduate outcome survey and 2 continuing competence activities by the 18 month graduate outcome survey
  8. Participate in service and / or professional activities that advance the profession of physical therapy
    • Expected outcomes: a) At least 75% of the respondents will be members of the APTA and /or a professional organization, b) 20% of the respondents will be active in some service activity and/ or professional committee/ work task force.
  9. Use evidence as a basis for critical thinking , decision-making and independent practice (can include journal club participation, literature reviews, case studies and reports).
    • Expected outcome: 90% of respondents will score at or above entry-level on the graduate outcome survey, and 95% of respondents will score at or above entry-level on the 6-month graduate and employer outcome surveys.