Goals & Outcomes

Program Goals

  1. To graduate exceptional autonomous practitioners, who are leaders in the profession and community, and capable of treating diverse populations.
  2. To support and empower our educators to exemplify excellence in clinical practice, advocacy, mentorship, leadership, and professionalism.
  3. To engage all stakeholders to employ evidence-informed decision making by seeking to discover, synthesize, preserve, apply, and disseminate knowledge that reflects best practice.

Expected Outcomes


  1. Outcome #1: Will demonstrate entry-level competence necessary to practice physical therapy as an independent member of the healthcare team in diverse settings, per the following metrics:
    • obtaining an average final mark at or above “entry-level” performance on the Clinical Performance Instrument (CPI) for PT 793.
    • accomplishing a first-time pass rate of 85% or greater on the National Physical Therapy Exam.
    • achieving an average score of 3.5/5 on the 6-month Employer Survey.
  2. Outcome #2: Will demonstrate commitment to the profession by participating in professional organizations, scholarship, education, and advocacy, per the following metrics:
    • achieve an average score of 3.5/5 on the 6-month Employer Survey, items #3 and #19.
    • 85% of the respondents on the One-Year Graduate Survey report taking at least one continuing education course.
    • 85% of respondents on the Five-Year Graduate Survey report participation in professional advocacy activities.
  3. Outcome #3: Become effective communicators and teachers of patients, families, peers, students and community, per the following metrics:
    • achieve an average score of 3.5/5 or higher on the 6-month Employer Survey, items #1 and #5.
    • achieve an average mark of “entry-level” performance on the PT 793 CPI, item #4 “Communication.”
  4. Outcome #4: Will adhere to core values, legal and ethical standards, per the following metrics:
    • achieve an average score of 3.5/5 or higher on the 6-month Employer Survey, items #2 and #3.
    • achieve an average mark of “entry-level” performance on the PT 793 CPI, items #2 “Professional Practice- Professional Behavior” and #3 “Professional Practice – Accountability.”


  1. Outcome #1: Will demonstrate excellence in preparation and delivery of quality PT education per the following metrics:
    • score a minimum 3.5/5 on average on instructor peer evaluations
    • score a minimum of 3.5/5 on average on student evaluations of teaching
  2. Outcome #2: Will demonstrate contemporary expertise in clinical practice as measured by:
    • 30% of the faculty will be ABPTS Certified Clinical Specialists
    • 50% of the core faculty will practice part-time clinically
    • All core faculty will obtain 24 hours of continuing education credits every two years.
  3. Outcome #3: Will encourage “best practice” through engagement in the preservation, discovery, synthesis, dissemination and/or application of knowledge to said practice by:
    • All core faculty will generate 5 or more peer-reviewed scholarly products in a 10-year period.
  4. Outcome #4: Will participate on at least two School, College, University or professional committees (e.g. community, state, or national level).


  1. Outcome #1: Will graduate 85% of the students entering the program each year.
  2. Outcome #2: Will report that 85% of graduates taking the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) pass on the first attempt.
  3. Outcome #3: Will report that 95% of students are employed as a physical therapist 6 months after passing the NPTE licensure exam.
  4. Outcome #4: Will report on the Clinical Education Annual Survey that 80% of clinical instructors (CIs) rate our students’ clinical performance at or above students from other PT programs.
  5. Outcome #5: Will report an average score of 85% or higher on Item #1 of the graduate exit survey indicating that students feel prepared to start Physical Therapy Clinical Practice.
  6. Outcome #6: Will report 75% or higher average score on Item #10 of the One-Year Graduate Survey indicating overall quality of the education provided by the Marshall School of Physical Therapy Program.

Two-Year Program Outcomes

Student Assessment Matrix


The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Marshall University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, VA 22305-3085; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.

CAPTE Accreditation Verification

Marshall University’s School of Physical Therapy is a proud member of the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT).
American Council of Academic Physical Therapy

Program Reciprocity Status

Students who graduate from the Marshall University SOPT and pass the National Physical Therapy Examination are eligible for Physical Therapy Licensure in all 50 states.