Physical Therapy

We advance physical therapy through people, purpose, and passion.

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Welcome to the IU School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Department of Physical Therapy and the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program. Our goal is to promote the development of students’ scientific knowledge, psychomotor skills, professional values, attitudes, and behaviors. As a graduate of IU’s Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program, you will leave with a sense of commitment to contribute to the health of the community, to promote further development of the physical therapy profession, and to grow personally and professionally throughout your life and career.

The IU Department of Physical Therapy has been a leader in physical therapy education for more than 50 years, developing a reputation for academic and clinical excellence. The program offers a dynamic curriculum that integrates theoretical and applied sciences through an evidence-based approach to healthcare management.

Department Philosophy

Promote excellence in teaching and learning, research, and service to the community and profession.

We believe that commitment and collaboration of students and faculty in a process that integrates contemporary educational methods and didactic and experiential learning, self-reflection, and clinical reasoning using the best evidence available prepares students for autonomous practice.

  • Faculty Goals

    The faculty of the Department of Physical Therapy enact the philosophy by:

    1. Mentoring and facilitating students to become competent, autonomous professionals
    2. Conducting and disseminating findings of scholarly activities relevant to health, wellness, and rehabilitation
    3. Participating in a collaborative model of education creating a supportive learning atmosphere in which students and faculty share responsibility for meeting educational goals
    4. Modeling APTA core values in teaching and learning, research and creative activity, and service
    5. Contributing to the development of the profession at the state, national and international levels
    6. Appreciating diverse life experiences fostering the curricular integration of cultural competency 
  • Student Goals

    Students will achieve the academic and clinical standards of the Department of Physical Therapy by mastering the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values of their profession. Goals for students to aspire to while in the program include:

    1. Developing autonomous clinical decision-making skills
    2. Implementing a patient-centered focus
    3. Developing leadership skills through participation in activities within and beyond the practice environment
    4. Embodying the principles and characteristics of an adult learner to contribute to a collaborative learning environment
    5. Integrating research evidence into clinical decision-making through critical assessment
    6. Emulating principles of APTA Core values
    7. Appreciating diverse life experiences
    8. Integrating self-reflection into autonomous clinical-decision making and professional development 
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  • PT Adjunct Faculty Volunteers Needed at the IU Student Outreach Clinic

    The Indiana University (IU) Department of Physical Therapy (PT) is reaching out to licensed physical therapists in the community to take part in IU Student Outreach Clinic (IU SOC) as adjunct faculty supervisors. The IU SOC is a student-run free clinic on the near eastside of Indianapolis, in a neighborhood with sharply limited access to healthcare. The clinic brings medical, dental, law, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, public health, and social work services to the community on Saturdays year round, with physical therapy twice a month. In addition to the innumerable benefits to the community, IU SOC enhances the health professions through student engagement in inter-professional collaboration, hands on practice, and discourse with faculty supervisors. The faculty supervisors at IU SOC are just as invaluable as the student volunteers as they provide the clinical expertise to help guide student decision-making as well as ensure the safety and well-being of the patients. An adjunct faculty supervisor must be willing to staff the clinic from 10am till 2pm for a minimum of two weekends per year, and have a license in good standing, professional liability insurance, a criminal background check and one year’s clinical experience. Supervisors listen to subjective and objective information from the students, make recommendations on students’ assessment and intervention, and provide guidance on further evaluation needed or adjustments to the interventions. On complex patients, a supervisor may be needed in a patient treatment room for additional support. Finally, the supervisor signs off on all documentation. Volunteering as a supervisor at the clinic is an excellent way to give back to an underserved area of Indianapolis and give valuable knowledge to the students who will soon be working in the field. To learn more about the clinic, please visit For questions and to volunteer, email