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The Mission, Vision, and Core Values of the Division of Physical Therapy, The Ohio State University

The faculty, staff, students, and alumni share a great sense of pride in the 50+ year history and accomplishments of the Physical Therapy Program of The Ohio State University. The program is energized by its location within a vibrant and diverse University whose slogan is to “Do Something Great.” The school spirit, the traditions, and loyal alumni enrich the academic and clinical practice environment of the Physical Therapy Division within The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

It is with this sense of "Buckeye Pride" that we assert that the mission of the Physical Therapy Division of The Ohio State University is to advance the profession of physical therapy through education, scholarship, leadership, and service.

Our vision is that the Physical Therapy Division of The Ohio State University will be among the truly great physical therapy programs.  To realize this vision, we have set a goal to increase our ranking from our present standing as a top 20 program, which we achieved in 2010, to become a top 10 program by the year 2020.

Our Core Values



We pursue and expect excellence in what we do and how we do it.


The prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of movement dysfunctions are pursued though our cutting-edge research.


Integrity, teamwork, diversity, and respect are integral to being part of the physical therapy program at The Ohio State University.

Evidence-based practice

We expect that our students use the best available evidence, combined with critical thinking, problem solving skills and patient values, when making physical therapy practice decisions.

Lifelong learning

We strive to instill in our students a lifelong love of learning.


We are dedicated to, and enriched by, the outreach mission of Ohio State as a land-grant university.  Our service takes a variety of forms and approaches to provide education and hands-on assistance to benefit our local community, the people of Ohio, and ultimately the people of the world.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation​ in Physical Therapy Education, 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA  22314-1488​​