Entry-Level Doctor of Physical Therapy Curriculum

The Department of Physical Therapy follows a hybrid curriculum model. This model includes aspects of a traditional medical model with foundational science courses at the beginning of the professional program, and aspects of a case-based curriculum via integration of patient problems and cases with clinical application throughout all courses, including the foundational sciences. These clinical applications are consistent with those presented in The Guide to Physical Therapist Practice. In large part, we have chosen this model because we believe that the student must have a basic framework of scientific knowledge and theory from which to base clinical decisions regarding clinical examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and intervention.

It is our view, that the process of becoming an effective physical therapist involves attaining competency in three areas: cognitive knowledge, psychomotor skills, and affective (professional) behavior. This view is shaped by our program’s mission, its philosophy, and its objectives and is reflected in our admissions process, admissions criteria, and prerequisite courses. Explicit in our curriculum is the concept that each aspect of this triad is equally important for the student to develop as he or she progresses through the program.