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The program was established with firm beliefs that individual and cultural differences bring important variety to perspectives on health, illness and disability. Outcomes of health interventions are influenced by the behavior of practitioners as well as patients, families and significant others. The contemporary clinician utilizes this knowledge to enhance the autonomy of the consumer, reach realistic functional goals, and demonstrate respect for the individual.
The program educational methods are based on adult education principles which are both progressive and humanistic. The curriculum espouses beliefs in the learner as a self-directed adult ready to initiate learning and assume responsibility for learning. The faculty guides learning experiences and provides opportunities for a variety of experiential, interactive and self-directed learning experiences.
Students provide an integral part of the learning adventure establishing patterns for lifelong acquisition and integration of new knowledge. Students in physical therapy are expected to be highly motivated and committed to the profession.
The Institute for Physical Therapy Education values working in the community to support the service learning mission of Widener University as a whole.
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