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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

DPT 500 Human Gross Anatomy 5 credits
DPT 515 Professional Seminar 0 credits
DPT 530 Kinesiology/Biomechanics 5 credits
DPT 531 Functional Anatomy 1 credit
DPT 550 Introduction to PT 3 credits
DPT 560 PT Procedures I 3 credits
TOTAL: 17 credits

Spring

DPT 520 Pathology 3 credits
DPT 540 Neuroanatomy 5 credits
DPT 570 Physical Agents 4 credits
DPT 580 Clinical Education (2 weeks) 2 credits1
DPT 581 Clinical Education 0 credit
DPT 635 Clinical Exercise Physiology 3 credits
DPT 650 Issues in Research I 3 credits
TOTAL: 20 credits

Summer2

DPT 525 Pathology and Medical Management II 2 credits
DPT 582 Clinical Education (3 weeks) 3 credits3
DPT 590 Pharmacology 1 credit
DPT 645 Pediatrics 2 credits
DPT 800 Applied Anatomy and Physiology 2 credits
TOTAL: 10 credits

Year 2

Fall

DPT 600 Issues in Patient Care 3 credits
DPT 620 Musculoskeletal Therapeutics 5 credits
DPT 630 Neuromuscular Therapeutics 5 credits
DPT 640 Cardiopulmonary Therapeutics 3 credits
DPT 680 Clinical Education (2 weeks) 2 credits4
DPT 700 Issues in Research II 1 credit
DPT 810 Advanced Diagnostics I 2 credits
TOTAL: 21 credits

Spring

DPT 660 Professional Practice and Health Care System 3 credits
DPT 670 Orthotics/Prosthetics 3 credits
DPT 674 Integumentary Therapeutics 1 credit
DPT 705 Critical Inquiry 2 credits
DPT 720 Musculoskeletal Therapeutics II 3 credits
DPT 760 PT Procedures II 3 credits
DPT 780 Clinical Education (2 weeks) 2 credits5
DPT 820 Differential Diagnosis 2 credits
TOTAL: 19 credits

Year 3

Summer

DPT 781 Clinical Education (8 weeks) 8 credits 
DPT 830 Medically Complex Patient 1 credit6
TOTAL: 9 credits

Fall

DPT 782 - Clinical Education (8 weeks) 8 credits7
DPT 784 - Clinical Education (10 weeks) 10 credits
TOTAL: 18 credits

Total Credit Hours: 114

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.
3 - DPT 582 is a three week clinical held after the rest of the courses.
4 - DPT 680 is a two week clinical held mid-semester.
5 - DPT 780 is a two week clinical held mid-semester.
6 - DPT 830 is a one week course held in May right after spring semester finals week. DPT 781 is an 8-week internship.
7 - 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.