Admission Essay

Admission Essay
APTA’s vision for physical therapy is “transforming society by optimizing movement to
improve the human experience”. How will you embody this vision as a future physical
therapist?

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), in 2000, adopted a vision
statement for its profession in physical therapy. This vision is ‘transforming society by
optimizing movement to improve the human experience’ (Hayhurst, 2014). The Association
however has a strategic plan to help its members achieve their vision. As a future physical
therapist, I would come up with my own principles that will guide me in achieving this vision.
The principles would clearly demonstrate how the society in general would look after the vision
of transforming society has been achieved.
Despite the fact that the American physical Therapy Association is adopted a vision for
its future physical therapists, it also has a great impact to the society at large. It inspires people in
the society to come together as a community to create important systems that may optimize
movements and great functions for all people. All people that contribute and participate in the
society move from one place to another to gain more experience. It is said to be a means of a
most favorable way of living and excellence of life. This applies to any individual that extends
beyond health to his or her ability to participate in the society. The society, however, may also
involve some complex needs that may result to a poor lifestyle that may further lead to a physical
therapy. Examples of these complex needs could be the needs that may eventually result from a
sedentary lifestyle. The physical therapy may give way to a reduction of the costs for health
cares and at the same time, it may overcome all barriers that may prevent involvement in the
society which will further guarantee a good future existence of the society at large (Hayhurst,
2014).
As a future physical therapist, I would evaluate and manage people’s movement in order
to encourage a very favorable development, limit activities, make a diagnosis of impairments,
restrict participation, and provide intercessions that may prevent or ameliorate limitations in
activities and participation. My central point is the movement system with my main reason being
to improve the health of the society. This is mainly because the movement system helps one to
understand the structure, the functioning and the potential of the human body. This is where I
would mainly practice on to encourage and promote the most favorable development. After that
identity, I would go ahead and involve myself in dissemination, validation and generation of the
evidences that take up payments for the outcomes and the clients’ satisfaction. I would
demonstrate too much competence and strive to prevent events that may be unfavorable to the
patient. I would ensure I give my best in my client’s intervention, examination, diagnosis and
quality outcome measurement. I would strive as much as I can to prevent any possible adverse
events that could be related to my patients care.
To solve the health challenges that the society faces, the physical therapy profession must
collaborate with other people including the consumers, community organizations, healthcare
providers and other disciplines. Thus, apart from giving quality diagnosis, I would ensure I have
the value of collaboration to help me achieve the company’s vision. I would ensure services are

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of value, consumer-centered and coordinated by co-managing, engaging other consultants, and
supervising and directing care. To achieve the best value, I would ensure a safe, client-centered,
efficient, effective, and above all, an equitable physical therapy profession. Apart from that, my
outcomes would be both meaningful and cost friendly to clients. This profession offers
imaginative and practical solutions that enhance the delivery of health services, and at the same
time, increases its value to the society. I would then innovate and collaborate with developers,
entrepreneurs and engineers to extend and reach beyond my client’s settings.
In this profession, I would ensure I provide my services by responding to the cultural
considerations of individuals, their needs and values. Their goals are the central part in which
this profession engages. Cultural competence is a necessary skill that would ensure a good
practice in providing the therapy services in this profession. I would support all patients in
practice, education and in research to ensure I promote necessary changes, take on best practices
principles and approaches, and at the same time, ensure that the physical therapy systems are
consumer centered (Hayhurst, 2014). Finally as a physical therapist, I would be acquainted with
the health imbalances; that is the disparities and the inequities, and work hard towards
ameliorating them through inventive models of advocacy, collaboration, service delivery and
clear attention to all social determinants of physical condition to consumers and the collaboration
with the community entities. I would manage and promote any necessary changes to my clients
so as to adopt the best practices ever in my standards and all kinds of approaches.
These guidelines of identity, consumer centricity, collaboration, value, advocacy, quality
and innovation show how the society and the physical therapy profession will be, once the vision
is achieved. As a future physical therapist, I would do my best to make sure I follow those
guidelines for the sake of the society and the profession.

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Reference

Hayhurst, C. (2014). A Vision to Transform Society. Physical Therapy, 20-25.

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