Civic-mindedness Development throughout a Physical Therapy Curriculum

Kerstin Palombaro, Jill D Black, Robin L Dole, Heather A Burns, Sidney A Jones, Alexander R Stewart


 Graduate professional programs seek to foster professionalism and civic-mindedness in their students. This study measures the development of civic-mindedness throughout a graduate physical therapy (PT) program curriculum committed to community engagement. Three class cohorts completed the Civic-Minded Professional (CMP) Scale at four time points. Scores increased throughout the curriculum. Participants involved in community service leadership had the highest scores. A professional program that allows for community engagement throughout the curriculum will encourage student development of civic-mindedness.


civic engagement, community engagement, health professions, professional development, professionalism

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