Doctor of Physical Therapy

The doctor of physical therapy degree program provides quality graduate education committed to preparing highly skilled physical therapist who are able to practice in an evidence-based, and ethical manner, respectful of patients and clients from all backgrounds, across the lifespan, throughout the continuum of care, and at all levels of wellness and health. Graduates are respected practitioners who are able to meet the multi-faceted role of a physical therapist with a commitment to service to the profession and the community and dedicated to life-long learning and scholarly inquiry.

The curriculum consists of 109 credits of professional coursework requiring thirty-three months of full-time study beginning in the fall semester. It combines content from the foundational sciences, behavioral sciences, clinical sciences, professional practice expectations, practice management expectations, and critical inquiry. Students develop the skills needed to examine, evaluate, diagnose, prognose, develop a plan of care, and implement and re-evaluate that plan of care for patients with dysfunction in the cardiopulmonary, musculoskeletal, neuromotor, and integumentary systems across the lifespan.

The curriculum is built on the overarching principles of integration and application. Information is integrated and applied throughout the curriculum using “standardized patients”, simulation and experiential learning activities. Clinical experiences are introduced early in the curriculum, in the second and fourth semesters. Three full-time clinical internships occur in semesters six, seven, and eight for a total of 34 weeks of full time clinical experience. Internships are located regionally, nationally, and internationally providing depth and breadth to each student's unique educational experience.

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The following requirements must be fulfilled: 109 credits to be taken in the following sequence:

Program of Study

Fall I Semester I
PT 8201Functional Anatomy
PT 8311Foundations of Examination
PT 8312Foundations of Interventions
PT 8351Professional Issues in Physical Therapy Health Care Management I
PT 8361Clinical Conference I
Spring I Semester II
PT 8202Applied Physiology
PT 8313Therapeutic Modalities
PT 8352Teaching in Physical Therapy Practice
PT 8203Neuroscience in Rehabilitation I
PT 8271Research in Practice
PT 8362Clinical Conference II
PT 8483Integrated Clinical Experience I
PT 8204Movement Science I
Summer I Semester III
PT 8205Movement Science II
PT 8206Neuroscience in Rehabilitation II
PT 8207Clinical Medicine and Pharmacology
PT 8363Clinical Conference III
PT 8481Interprofessional Community Practicum
Fall II Semester IV
PT 8315Management of Musculoskeletal Dysfunction I
PT 8208Medical Imaging
PT 8318Management of Neuromotor Dysfunction
PT 8323Prosthetics and Orthotics
PT 8364Clinical Conference IV
PT 8272Research Seminar
PT 8484Integrated Clinical Experience II
Spring II Semester V
PT 8316Management of Musculoskeletal Dysfunction II
PT 8320Management of the Pediatric Client
PT 8322Management of the Aging Adult
PT 8314Management of Cardiopulmonary Dysfunction
PT 8317Management of Integumentary Dysfunction
PT 8365Clinical Conference V
Summer II Semester VI
PT 8491Clinical Internship I
PT 8366Clinical Conference VI
PT 8321Women's Health
Fall III Semester VII
PT 8492Clinical Internship II
PT 8355Professional Issues in Physical Therapy Health Care Management II
PT 8357Capstone Seminar
PT 8356Health Promotion and Wellness
Spring III Semester VIII
PT 8493Clinical Internship III