The Physical Therapy Department is dedicated to preparing highly skilled practitioners who can play active roles in the rapidly evolving health care environment. Embedded in the philosophy of the program is the belief that an education built upon a foundation of liberal arts and Sciences provides the underpinning for the development of competent practitioners. With this foundation, the program and its faculty value critical inquiry, with its problem-posing, problem-solving and reflective processes. Such integration is considered essential to successful clinical reasoning and future practice and professional endeavors. Faculty value the development of an effective teaching and learning environment that fosters reflection, active learning, collaborative efforts, evidence based practice, humanistic values, and the pursuit of excellence. In accordance with the College's mission of serving the larger community, empowerment of students to be socially responsible clinicians who seek lifelong development and service to the community as constitutive to best practice are values held by all faculty members. Thus, faculty members accept their responsibility to be professional role models for the students through their active participation in an array of practice, inquiry, educational and service activities.