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Anne Reilley

"I chose Upstate because the environment was very welcoming and it seemed like a great environment to learn. The faculty are great and willing to help anyone."
— Kristina Wulff

Mission and Goals

Vision

The Upstate Medical University Department of Physical Therapy Education envisions communities in which the health of individuals is promoted by physical therapists who are committed to lifelong learning, service to others and the pursuit of professional excellence.

Mission Statement

The Upstate Medical University Department of Physical Therapy Education uses innovative education, scholarship and service to inspire students and clinicians to be transformative physical therapy leaders.

Goals

Professional Education

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program will prepare students to be generalist physical therapists who embrace best practice principles and professional core values, and who are prepared to meet the changing physical therapy needs of society.

Post-Professional Education

The Department of Physical Therapy Education promotes advancement of professional skills by offering post-professional programs that will enhance contemporary physical therapy practice.

Scholarship

All faculty will maintain a scholarly agenda that progresses toward peer-reviewed dissemination (publication) of findings.

Simulation

Simulation will be an integral part of the Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum, providing professional development opportunities for students and clinicians.

Student Outcomes

Table 1 - Graduation Rate


Class

Admitted

Graduated

Percent

2010 32 29 90.6

2011

32

30

93.8

2012

33

29

87.9

2013

33

33

100

2014

33

32

96.9

5 Year Average

163

153

93.9

Table 2 - Licensure Pass Rate*


Year

Upstate Ultimate

Upstate First Time*

State
First Time

National
First Time

2012

100 %

29/32

90.63 %

79.05 %

88.56 %

2013

96.97%

32/33

96.97%

86.08 %

89.84 %

2014

100%

32/32

100%

89.23%

92.90%

3 Year Average

99.4%

93/97

95.88%

84.79%

90.33%

*Numbers taking the exam may not match the numbers reported in Table 1 and 3 since for licensure purposes, students who graduated late are reflected in the year of actual graduation rather than with the original cohort.

Table 3 - Of graduates who actively sought employment, # employed within 6 months of graduation


Class

Number of original cohort

Percent

2012

29/29

100

2013

33/33

100

2014

32/32

100

3 Year Average

94/94

100