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Entry-Level DPT Curriculum

 The entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program is for individuals interested in becoming a physical therapist. The curriculum requires a 90 credit pre-professional program and a three and one half year, 126 credit, professional program.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program provides students with a comprehensive preparation for providing physical therapy services. The curriculum provides the student with both a depth and breadth of knowledge, skills and professional behaviors necessary for excellence in physical therapy practice. 
 
The DPT curriculum requires 10 semesters of full time course work over the course of 3.5 calendar years. The DPT program is considered a “lock step” curriculum meaning that the courses are taken in a specific sequence meant to build each student’s knowledge and skill. A part-time option is available on a limited basis although there is not an evening option.
The course of study is as follows:
 
Fall Term Professional Year 1
  • PT 5020     Introduction to Physical Therapy
  • PT 5200     Human Anatomy for Health Sciences – Lecture
  • PT 5210     Human Anatomy for Health Sciences – Lab
  • PT 5400     Human Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology
  • PT 5300     Surface Anatomy
  • PT 6310     Physiology of Exercise 2
 
Winter Term Professional Year 1
  • PT 5320    Basic Evaluation Procedures
  • PT 6700    Motor Learning and Motor Control
  • PT 5650    Pathophysiology for Health Sciences
  • PT 5410    Clinical Medicine 1
  • PT 5500    Kinesiology and Biomechanics
  • PT 5120    Human Growth and Development
 
Spring Term Professional Year 1
  • PT 5010    Clinical Applications 1
  • PT 5430    Clinical Medicine 2
  • PT 5660    Pathokinesiology
  • PT 6300    Critical Thinking and Inquiry for Health Sciences
  • PT 6400    Teaching and Learning in Health Care
 
Fall Term Professional Year 2
  • PT 5070    Clinical Applications 2
  • PT 5100    Therapeutic Exercise 1
  • PT 7000    Therapeutic Modalities
  • PT 7100    Management of Patients with Orthopedic Conditions
  • PT 7200    Management of Patients with Neurological Disorders
  • PT 7300    Rehabilitation Procedures 1
 
Winter Term Professional Year 2
  • PT 6200    Diversity in Health Care
  • PT 7120    Management of Patients with Orthopedic Conditions 2
  • PT 7220    Management of Patients with Neurological Disorders 2
  • PT 7400    Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation 1
  • PT 7600    Physical Therapy for Medical and Surgical Conditions
  • PT 7700    Research for Health Sciences
 
Spring/Summer Term Professional Year 2
  • PT 5800    Clinical Education 1
  • PT 5800    Clinical Education 2
  • PT 5800    Clinical Education 3
 
Fall Term Professional Year 3
  • PT 6100    Therapeutic Exercise 2
  • PT 6500    Pharmacology
  • PT 7320    Rehabilitation Procedures 2
  • PT 7720    Research in Physical Therapy
  • PT 8000    Therapeutic Management of Pediatric Populations
  • PT 8200    Management in Physical Therapy Practice
 Winter Term Professional Year 3
  • PT 6600    Ethics and Legal Issues
  • PT 6750    Complementary and Alternative Health Care
  • PT 7420    Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation 2
  • PT 8200    Clinical Decision Making
  • PT 8300    Differential Diagnosis
  • PT 8400    Diagnostic Procedures
  • PT 8600    Health Promotion and Wellness
 
Spring/Summer Term Professional Year 3
  • PT 8800    Clinical Internship 1
 
Fall Term Professional Year 4
  • PT 8820    Clinical Internship 2
The curriculum is reviewed as part of an on-going assessment program which will result in changes in course offerings or sequencing.
 
The Physical Therapy Program also offers a transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program. The transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT) degree is designed for licensed physical therapists to expand their knowledge and skills to be better prepared to work as a primary care provider and expert practitioner. The curriculum is reviewed as part of an on-going assessment program which will result in changes in course offerings or sequencing.