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Doctor of Physical Therapy

 

 

DPT Curriculum

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The sequence of graduate studies is efficiently organized to allow for completion of the DPT program in two-and-a-half years.

Classes are enriched by guest speakers from collaborative disciplines, and the curriculum is responsive to evolving trends in health care. Students can choose clinical placements from a pool of more than 500 sites, including general and specialized practice areas.

Year 1 - Fall

Courses Hours
DPT 500 - Gross Anatomy 5
DPT 515 - Professional Seminar 1
DPT 530 - Kinesiology/Biomechanics 5
DPT 531 - Functional Anatomy  1
DPT 550 - Introduction to PT 3
DPT 560 - Procedures I 3

Year 1 - Spring

Courses Hours
DPT 520 – Pathology  3
DPT 540 - Neuroanatomy 5
DPT 570 - Physical Agents 4
DPT 580 - Clinical Education 0
DPT 581 - Clinical Education 0
DPT 635 - Clinical Education Physiology 3
DPT 650 - Issues in Research I 3

Year 1 - Summer

Courses Hours
DPT 525 - Pathology and Medical Management II 2
DPT 590 - Pharmacology  1
DPT 645 - Pediatrics 2
DPT 800 - Applied Anatomy and Physiology 2
DPT 582 - Clinical Education  0

Year 2 - Fall

Courses Hours
DPT 600 - Issues in Patient Care 3
DPT 620 - Musculoskeletal Therapeutics 5
DPT 630 - Neuromuscular Therapeutics 5
DPT 640 - Cardiopulmonary Therapeutics 3
DPT 680 - Clinical Education 0
DPT 700 - Issues in Research II 1
DPT 810 - Advanced Diagnostics I 1

Year 2 - Spring

Courses   Hours
DPT 660 - Professional Practice 3
DPT 670 - Orthotics/Prosthetics 3
DPT 674 - Integumentary Therapeutics 1
DPT 705 - Critical Inquiry   2
DPT 720 - Musculoskeletal Therapeutics II 3
DPT 760 - Physical Therapy Procedures II 3
DPT 780 - Clinical Education 0
DPT 815 - Advanced Diagnostics II  1
DPT 820 - Differential Diagnosis 2

 

Year 2 - Summer

Courses Hours
DPT 830 - Medically Complex Patient 2
DPT 781 - Clinical Education 6

 

Year 3 - Fall

Courses Hours
DPT 782 - Clinical Education 6
DPT 784 - Clinical Education 6

Total Hours: 99

1 - DPT 580 is a two week clinical held in early January. Other courses begin in Mid-January.
2 - Summer courses are held over six weeks from the end of May through June. DPT 582 is a three week clinical held after the rest of the courses.
3 - DPT 680 is a two week clinical held mid-semester.
4 - DPT 780 is a two week clinical held mid-semester.
5 - DPT 830 is a one week course held in May right after spring semester finals week. DPT 781 is an 8-week internship.
6 - DPT 782 is an 8-week internship and DPT 784 is a 10-week internship.

During clinical education experiences, DPT students are required to:

  • have personal health insurance;
  • provide their immunization history;
  • have a criminal background check completed upon entry into the program;
  • have reliable transportation to, from and during the clinical experience;
  • and assume financial responsibility for room and board during each clinical assignment.

In addition, select clinical facilities may require the student to provide an updated criminal background check, a pre-clinical or random drug screen, or to be fingerprinted.