Mission and Vision

Habits of the Hands, Mind and Heart.


The UIW School of Rehabilitation Sciences will:

  • be the embodiment of the growing regional, cultural and ethnic diversity of our nation.
  • welcome historically marginalized persons to join the pursuit of the elimination of disparities in health and healthcare.
  • be inspired by faith, and driven by a relentless pursuit of truth through civil discourse, scholarship and service.

The UIW School of Rehabilitation Sciences faculty and staff will be partners in the pursuit of excellence in educating healthcare/rehabilitation professionals from recruitment, academic preparation, clinical support and lifelong service to their professions.

UIW School of Rehabilitation Sciences graduates will be experts in their fields, sought out by employers, collaborators, patients and clients for their compassion, positive spirit and innovation.

Mission Statement

To develop high quality healthcare providers who are committed to maximizing individual function, achieving health and wellness, and serving the common good of society.

Graduate Attributes

Primary care healthcare professionals prepared to function collaboratively in diverse global environments as knowledgeable, competent, compassionate, caring, resourceful, confident, ethical and legal healthcare providers.

University of the Incarnate Word Mission

The first Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, three young French women, motivated by the love of God and their recognition of God’s presence in each person, came to San Antonio in 1869 to minister to the sick and the poor. Their spirit of Christian service is perpetuated in the University of the Incarnate Word primarily through teaching and scholarship, encompassing research and artistic expression. Inspired by Judeo-Christian values, the University aims to educate men and women who will become concerned and enlightened citizens. The University is committed to educational excellence in a context of faith in Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Word of God. It promotes lifelong learning and fosters the development of the whole person. The faculty and students support one another in the search for and the communication of truth. The University is open to thoughtful innovation that serves ever more effectively the spiritual and material needs of people. The curriculum offers students an integrated program of liberal arts and professional studies that includes a global perspective and an emphasis on social justice and community service. The University of the Incarnate Word is a Catholic institution that welcomes to its community persons of diverse backgrounds, in the belief that their respective interaction advances the discovery of truth, mutual understanding, self-realization and the common good.


Catholic Education

Education Excellence in a Context of Faith

As a private Catholic institution, the University of the Incarnate Word is committed to educational excellence in a context of faith in Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Word of God. Recognizing the value of diversity and global interaction, the University of the Incarnate Word School of Rehabilitation Sciences welcomes people of all faith traditions. As health professions, Physical Therapy, Athletic Training and Occupational Therapy support the mission of Jesus Christ in serving the needs of patients, clients and society as a whole.

Human Dignity and Moral Responsibility

Faculty, staff and administrators within the School of Rehabilitation Sciences serve as role models to students as they create an environment that values human dignity across diverse social backgrounds and foster moral responsibility and academic excellence. Discussions of values, ethics and social justice and global issues are integrated within the curriculum.

Community Engagement

Students plan and facilitate community outreach projects and participate in community service opportunities. The School of Rehabilitation Sciences also provides opportunities for students to worship and pray together, growing in their own faith.