Program Requirements

DPT program description

The Physical Therapy curriculum focuses on the academic and clinical foundations necessary for a career in physical therapy. Program graduates are prepared to examine patients with impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities (or other health-related conditions) in order to determine a diagnosis and prognosis relevant to physical therapy. They will be able to design, implement, and modify therapeutic interventions to produce changes in their patients’ conditions. Graduates will be prepared to offer a variety of additional services including: (1) prevention, wellness and health promotion; (2) consultation with patients, clients, and other health care professionals; (3) screening to identify individuals at risk, or in need of, physical therapy; (4) educating patients, the general public, local, state, and federal health agencies, and other health care professionals; (5) clinical and basic science research; and 6) administration including direction and supervision of support personnel.

The program prepares graduates to practice in a variety of settings such as hospitals, rehabilitation centers, homes, private physical therapy practices, skilled nursing facilities, schools, corporate and industrial health centers, athletic training facilities, fitness centers, sports injury treatment centers, and education or research centers.

Academic and Clinical Standards

The Physical Therapy program enforces high academic standards and ethical behaviors. To remain in the program, students must earn a "C" or better in all academic courses or a pass when pass/not pass grading is used. A student who earns a "D" or "F" in any academic course in the curriculum, or receives more than 12 semester hours of "C" will be dismissed from the program. A student who earns a failing mark in a clinical internship may be dismissed from the program.

DPT Degree Requirements - 133 hrs

  1. Students must successfully complete the 133 hours of the physical therapy curriculum. The courses must be taken in the order and at the time scheduled for each admitted class (cohort group).
  2. Research. Students must complete and present a graduate level scholarly paper, which is part of the requirement in PTE 880.
  3. Comprehensive Examination. Students must pass a comprehensive examination, which is implemented in the curriculum as computer competency testing.
Curriculum

The curriculum is designed sequentially so that courses must be taken in the order and at the time scheduled for each admitted class (cohort group). Any exceptions to the cohort progression requirement must stem from unavoidable and extreme personal circumstances, and must be approved by the core faculty and Department Head.

DPT Program course schedule

Summer, Semester 1 (10 weeks classroom)
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
PTE 707 Medical Human Anatomy 6 hrs
PTE 711 Professional Issues I 2 hrs
PTE 712 Clinical Biomechanics for Physical Therapy 2 hrs
PTE 713 Embryology 1 hrs
Fall, Semester 2 (17 weeks classroom)
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
PTE 710 Introduction to Physical Therapy 3 hrs
PTE 720 Neuroanatomy- Neuroscience 4 hrs
PTE 723 Patient Management: Musculoskeletal I 4 hrs
PTE 726 Clinical Kinesiology for Physical Therapy 2 hrs
PTE 740 Research Methods and Design 2 hrs
PTE 760 Management of Research Projects 1 hr
Spring, Semester 3 (17 weeks classroom)
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
PTE 714 Imaging Analysis in Physical Therapy Practice 2 hrs
PTE 721 Professional Issues II 2 hrs
PTE 722 Physical Agents and Mechanical Modalities 2 hrs
PTE 733 Patient Management: Musculoskeletal II 3 hrs
PTE 743 Patient Management: Neurological I 4 hrs
PTE 750 Research and Outcome Analysis 2 hrs
BMS 752 Medical Physiology 3 hrs
Summer, Semester 4 (7 weeks classroom; 4 weeks clinical)
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
PTE 732 Electrotherapeutic Modalities and Clinical Electrophysiology 2 hrs
PTE 737 Clinical Internship I 4 hrs
PTE 753 Patient Management: Neurological II 2 hrs
PTE 760 Management of Research Projects 1 hr
PTE 773 Patient Management: Musculoskeletal III 2 hrs
Fall, Semester 5 (13 weeks classroom; 6 weeks clinical)
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
PTE 731 Pathophysiology/Differential Diagnosis I 3 hrs
PTE 747 Clinical Internship II 6 hrs
PTE 760 Management of Research Projects 1 hr
PTE 763 Patient Management: Neuromuscular III 3 hrs
PTE 764 Patient Management: Exercise Physiology, Nutrition, and Wellness 3 hrs
Spring, Semester 6 (10 weeks classroom; 6 weeks clinical)
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
PTE 730 Motor Control/Motor Learning 2 hrs
PTE 741 Pathophysiology/Differential Diagnosis II 2 hrs
PTE 744 Patient Management: Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Problems 3 hrs
PTE 754 Patient Management: Special Considerations Across the Life Span 1-2 hrs
PTE 757 Clinical Internship III 6 hrs
PTE 760 Management of Research Projects 1-2 hrs
  Electives 1-2 hrs
Summer, Semester 7 (11 weeks classroom)
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
PTE 756 Patient Management: Integumentary 1 hr
PTE 760 Management of Research Projects 1 hr
PTE 761 Contemporary Issues in Professional Practice 2 hrs
PTE 762 Medical Pharmacology 2 hrs
PTE 765 The Physical Therapist as Educator 1 hr
PTE 767 Health Care Systems and the Physical Therapist 1 hr
  Electives 1-2 hrs
Fall, Semester 8 (10 weeks classroom; 8 weeks clinical)
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
PTE 760 Management of Research Projects 1 hr
PTE 871 Physical Therapy Management and Administration 3 hrs
PTE 872 Orthotics and Prosthetics, and Assistive Technologies 3 hrs
PTE 873 Patient Management: Advanced Differential Diagnosis 3 hrs
PTE 877 Clinical Internship IV 8 hrs
  Electives 1-2 hrs
Spring, Semester 9 (3 weeks classroom; 14 weeks clinical)
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
PTE 880 Research Seminar 1-2 hrs
PTE 883 Patient Management: Critical Integration and Analysis 1-2 hrs
PTE 887 Clinical Internship V 8 hrs
PTE 888 Clinical Internship VI 6 hrs
  Elective (Education Abroad) 0-2 hrs