Student Outcomes

The Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) requires that each physical therapy education program makes available to the public certain information about student outcomes in their respective program. In compliance with this requirement, Sacred Heart University provides the following student outcome data:
 
Expected Student Outcomes

The student graduates of the Program in Physical Therapy at SHU are prepared to:

  • Apply self-directed learning and the clinical-decision making process as applied in the problem-based learning approach and demanded in professional practice.
  • Anticipate and respond to changes in the health care delivery system.
  • Practice in a safe manner that minimizes risk to patients, self and others.
  • Demonstrate professional behavior in all situations.
  • Practice in a manner consistent with established legal and professional standards and ethical guidelines.
  • Communicate in ways that are congruent with situational needs.
  • Adapt delivery of physical therapy services with consideration for patients’ differences, values, preferences, and needs.
  • Participate in self-assessment to improve clinical and professional performance.
  • Apply current knowledge, theory, clinical judgment, and the patient’s values and perspective in patient management.
  • Determine with each patient encounter the patient’s need for further examination or consultation by a physical therapist or referral to another health care professional.
  • Perform a physical therapy patient examination using evidenced-based tests.
  • Evaluate data from the patient examination (history, systems review, and tests and measures) to make clinical judgments.
  • Determine a diagnosis and prognosis that guides future patient management.
  • Establish a physical therapy plan of care that is safe, effective, patient-centered, and evidence-based.
  • Educate others (patients, caregivers, staff, students, other health care providers, business and industry representatives, school systems) using relevant and effective teaching methods.
  • Produce quality documentation in a timely manner to support the delivery of physical therapy services.
  • Collect and analyze data from selected outcome measures in a manner that supports accurate analysis of individual patient and group outcomes.
  • Participate in the financial management (budgeting, billing and reimbursement, time, space, equipment, marketing, public relations) of the physical therapy service consistent with regulatory, legal, and facility guidelines.
  • Direct and supervise personnel to meet patient’s goals and expected outcomes according to legal standards and ethical guidelines.
  • Demonstrate skill in preparation and presentation of evidence-based information to colleagues through such media as in-services and case presentations. 

Physical Therapy Program Curriculum Map: AY2016-2017

DPT Curriculum Map and Student Learning Outcomes (PDF) maps the DPT Program’s student learning outcomes and identifies the specific courses and course learning outcomes that meet each outcome. Methods of assessing these student learning outcomes are also mapped to each learning outcome.   

Applicant Data

The SHU DPT Program receives applications for admission from both internal and external applicants. Refer to the table below which illustrates the number of applicants compared with the number of students who matriculated into the DPT Program.

  SHU Internal Applicants SHU Internal Applicants
Accepted
SHU Internal Applicants Enrolled
in DPT Program
External Applicants External Applicants
Accepted
External Applicants
Enrolled in DPT Program
2016 67 48 42 601 45 26
2015 64 33 29 627 52 39
2014 54 43 41 551 48 29

 

Graduation Rate
  • 2015: 95.8%
  • 2014: 92.3%
  • 2013: 86.6%
  • 2012: 83.1%
  • 2011: 87.3%
National Physical Therapy Examination first time pass rate (SHU and national average)
  • 2016: SHU = 90.3%; National average = 94.3%
  • 2015: SHU = 92.5%; National average = 91.3%
  • 2014: SHU = 93.2%; National average = 91.3%
  • 2013: SHU = 94.7%; National average = 89.8%
  • 2012: SHU = 94.0%; National average = 88.6%
  • 2011: SHU = 87.8%; National average = 89.2%

National Physical Therapy Examination ultimate pass rate (SHU and national average)

  • 2016: SHU = 96.8%; National average = 95.3%
  • 2015: SHU = 100%; National average = 98.3%
  • 2014: SHU = 100%; National average = 98.9%
  • 2013: SHU = 100%; National average = 98.8%
  • 2012: SHU = 100%; National average = 99.0%
  • 2011: SHU = 100%; National average = 99.0%

Employment rate of those eligible at 6 months post-graduation (SHU based on survey)

  • 2015: 100%
  • 2014: 100%
  • 2013: 100%
  • 2012: 100%
  • 2011: 100%

Data is accurate as of 6/4/2016