Physical Therapy Mission and Values

Dedicated to excellence in practice and making a positive impact in our society.


We are an innovative, value-centered, passionate team committed to transforming individuals and communities in accordance with the Jesuit tradition. Through reflective, evidence-based, experiential education we inspire students to become global citizens as leaders in service of others. Our graduates embody professionalism, social responsibility, cultural sensitivity and excellence in their endeavors to promote health.


Our collaborative programs will cultivate individuals who champion optimal health throughout the world by igniting ingenuity in education, scholarship and sustainable community partnerships.


The faculty of the School of Physical Therapy believe that the physical therapy profession integrates knowledge from the sciences and humanities to develop, enhance, maintain and restore movement function and prevent dysfunction.

A physical therapist is an applied scientist who acts as a primary entry point into the health care system for purposes of evaluation, diagnosis, intervention, referral and development of physical therapy services. When planning services, physical therapists take into consideration diversity and a patient’s, or their legal representative’s, right to participate to the full extent of their abilities in making health care decisions.

Physical therapists have a professional responsibility to assess the profession critically, to challenge theories and concepts underlying physical therapy practice patterns and to examine consequences of decisions and actions. Other responsibilities include fundamental fairness in all transactions, informing other health care practitioners and the public of the availability and potential value of physical therapy practice and providing learning opportunities for future members of the profession.

The goal of the School of Physical Therapy is to admit and develop students who are:

  • Resourceful
  • Sensitive to diversity
  • Representative of the populations served
  • Accepting of intellectual differences
  • Intellectually curious
  • Effective interpersonal communicators
  • Challenged by ambiguity
  • Willing to clarify impact of personal values
  • Responsible for learning based on self-direction
  • Able to use self-assessment in the learning process

The School of Physical Therapy academic programs are designed to support and develop students’ leadership, knowledge and decision-making in professional practice.

The Regis University Doctor of Physical Therapy graduate is prepared to practice in primary care, communicate with a variety of audiences and contribute to the advancement of the profession. Our graduates are leaders prepared to collaborate in a dynamic health care environment. They are lifelong learners committed to community service and advocates for the public welfare. Our students and faculty continue to strive and reflect on the fundamental Jesuit question, “How ought we to live?” and contribute to their profession, their communities and the common good.


The School of Physical Therapy goals, which are based on our philosophy, are to:

  • Provide an educational environment in which principles that are fundamental to Jesuit tradition are integrated with ethical professional practice.
  • Admit and develop students who are willing to clarify impact of their personal values and be supporters of the mission and objectives of the University, the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professionals and the School of Physical Therapy.
  • Attract and support educators who model professional behavior, excel in teaching, contribute to their profession, and support students in their reflection of "how ought we to live."
  • Prepare graduates who achieve the educational outcomes of the program.
  • Develop graduates with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to act creatively in a constantly changing health care environment.
  • Develop leaders who can assume multiple roles that have a positive impact on society and the profession.
  • Promote graduates who are committed to a life of service that contributes to the common good.
  • Inspire life-long learners who integrate experience and knowledge in their appreciation of the individual within diverse cultures and societies.