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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 - 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 - Procedures I 3 credits

Spring

DPT 520 - Pathology 3 credits
DPT 540 - Neuroanatomy 5 credits
DPT 570 - Physical Agents 4 credits
DPT 580 - Clinical Education 2 credits
DPT 581 - Clinical Education 0 credit
DPT 635 - Clinical Exercise Physiology 3 credits
DPT 650 - Issues in Research I 3 credits

Summer

DPT 525 - Pathology and Medical Management II 2 credits
DPT 590 - Pharmacology 1 credit
DPT 645 - Pediatrics 2 credits
DPT 800 - Applied Anatomy and Physiology 2 credits
DPT 582 - Clinical Education 3 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 credits
DPT 700 - Issues in Research II 1 credit
DPT 810 - Advanced Diagnostics I 2 credits

Spring

DPT 660 - Professional Practice 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 - Physical Therapy Procedures II 3 credits
DPT 780 - Clinical Education 2 credits
DPT 820 - Differential Diagnosis 2 credits

Summer

DPT 830 - Medically Complex Patient 1 credit
DPT 781 - Clinical Education 8 credits

Year 3

Fall

DPT 782 - Clinical Education 8 credits
DPT 784 - Clinical Education 10 credits

Total 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. 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.