The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program will prepare the student as an entry-level physical therapist that can work in any practice setting upon graduation and licensure. The DPT program will focus on developing the important skills of critical thinking, and application of evidence-based practice, for optimizing patient outcomes within the context of compassionate care delivery. The Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences will have an emphasis on interprofessional education. Students from various health professions will work collaboratively in class and lab settings. Interprofessional activities will also extend to opportunities for service to the local and regional community.

The DPT is a post-baccalaureate, entry-level professional doctoral degree. Students will be required to complete a full-time curriculum over slightly more than three years (nine semesters). The DPT student must successfully complete each didactic year prior to matriculation to the clinical education course that follows. Students will complete two shorter full-time clinical experiences during the program at the completion of the first and second years of didactic course work to help integrate course content into the clinical setting. Two longer clinical experiences of 14 and 16 weeks will be completed during the final year of the program leading to achievement of entry-level practice skills. Students will complete clinical experiences in outpatient orthopedics and in a setting treating medically ill and complex patients. There will be opportunities for specialty rotations such as pediatrics, sports medicine, manual therapy practice, neuro rehab, and aquatics. Successful completion of the terminal clinical practicum sequence and evidence of meeting the competencies for entry-level physical therapy practice must be met in order to graduate.

 

Summer Semester, Year 1
PTH 700 Human Anatomy

5

PTH 714 Professional Issues 1

1

PTH 711 Principles of Teaching and Learning 1

1

                                    Total

7

Fall Semester, Year 1  Spring Semester, Year 1
PTH 706 Foundations of Clinical Exercise 1

3

PTH 707 Biomechanics

3

PTH 701 Kinesiology

3

PTH 703 Pathophysiology

2

PTH 712 Psychosocial Aspects of Care

3

PTH 713 Topics in Healthcare

2

PTH 705 Foundations of PT Practice

3

PTH 726 Musculoskeletal Management 1

4

PTH 702 Cellular Systems Physiology

3

PTH 727 Therapeutic Agents

3

PTH 721 Research & Critical Inquiry

3

PTH 704 Neuroanatomy

4

PTH 730 Clinical Seminar 1

1

                                Total

18

                                            Total

19

Summer Semester, Term I, Year 1 Summer Semester, Term II, Year 2
PTH 740 Clinical Education 1 – 4 weeks – OP

3

PTH 826 Musculoskeletal Management 2

4

PTH 801 Pharmacology

2

PTH 802 Clinical Imaging

1

PTH 811 Principles of Teaching & Learning 2

1

                                Total

3

                                           Total

8

Fall Semester, Year 2 Spring Semester, Year 2
PTH 827 Musculoskeletal Management 3

4

PTH 829 Neuromuscular Management 2- Pediatrics

4

PTH 813 Professional Issues 2

1

PTH 831 Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Management

4

PTH 828 Neuromuscular Management 1 – Adult

5

PTH 832 Integumentary Management  

4

PTH 803 Foundations of Clinical Exercise 2

3

PTH 823 Doctoral Project 2

1

PTH 822 Doctoral Project 1

2

PTH 812 Community Practicum (Fall or Spring)*

2 if spring

PTH 812 Community Practicum (Fall or Spring)*

2 if fall

PTH 833 Health Promotion & Wellness

2

PTH 830 Clinical Seminar 2

1

PTH 840 Clinical Seminar 3

1

                      Total

17-18*

                                           Total

17-18*

Summer Semester, Term I, Year  2 Summer Semester, Term II, Year 3
PTH 845 Clinical Education 2 – 4 weeks – A/Reh

3

PTH 814 Administration & Organization of Practice Settings

2

PTH 815 Professional Issues 3

2

PTH 835 Comprehensive Outcomes

1

                                    Total

3

                                         Total

5

   
Fall Semester, Year 3 Spring Semester, Year 3 
PTH 855 Clinical Education 3 – 16 weeks

13

PTH 865 Clinical Education 4 – 16 weeks

13

PTH 921 Doctoral Project 3

1

PTH 922 Doctoral Project  4

1

                                      Total

14

                                            Total

14

    Total Curriculum Credits                                  

125

Total Full-time Clinical Week

40