Introduction. This study aimed to assess the accessibility and alignment of core statements (mission, vision, and values) in entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs across the United States with the core beliefs of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

Method. Two independent reviewers searched publicly available resources for the core statements of 271 Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) accredited DPT programs. The statements were cross-referenced against APTA Standards of Practice and Core Values. Descriptive statistical analysis assessed the public availability of program statements and their alignment with APTA core beliefs.

Results. Among the programs, 95.6% had mission statements, 63.5% had assessable vision statements, and 58.7% had easily assessable value statements. The most common APTA core beliefs were Education, Excellence, Responsibility, and Evidence-Based Practice. Altruism, Advocacy, Duty, and Patient and Client Management were less prevalent.

Discussion. The visibility and accessibility of core statements in DPT programs across the United States are low. Given their role in program accreditation, promoting transparency is crucial. Limited visibility hindered the concluding alignment of core statements and APTA core beliefs. Nonetheless, this information can motivate schools to enhance core statements for better alignment. Our study emphasizes the need for increased transparency of core statements in DPT programs, fostering informed decision-making. Addressing these issues can facilitate better alignment with APTA principles in physical therapy education and practice.

Keywords: Mission Statement, Vision Statement, Value Statement