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Physical Therapy Program (Doctor of Physical Therapy)

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Degree Requirements

The DPT degree requires completion of a three-year academic program with satisfactory completion of clinical education courses. Students must achieve an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher both prior to beginning the final clinical internships (PTP 734 , PTP 735 , PTP 736 ) and upon completion of the degree program. The program is completed in three consecutive years on a full-time basis. Each academic calendar is a 14-week Fall and Winter semester followed by a 10-week (first year) or 11-week (second year) Spring semester. A part-time curriculum is also available. 

Course Requirements (120 credits). 

A grade of C (2.0) or better in each course.

Year One

Fall Semester (15 credits)
BIO 634 - Human Anatomy.  
PTP 611 - Kinesiology & Applied Anatomy.  
PTP 629 - Integrated Clinical Experience I.  
PTP 664 - Fundamentals of Patient Management.   

Winter Semester (17 credits)
PTP 612 - Neuroscience in Physical Therapy. 
PTP 630 - Integrated Clinical Experience II.  
PTP 651 - Neurologic Diseases & Disorders. 
PTP 655 - Therapeutic Relationships and Cultural Competency I. 
PTP 662 - Critical Inquiry I. 
PTP 665 - Fundamentals of Tests and Measures. 
PTP 681 - Teaching, Learning & Health Education. 

Spring/Summer Semester (15 credits)
PTP 627 - Introduction to Musculoskeletal Practice Pattern.  
PTP 648 - Pharmacology in Practice.  
PTP 663 - Critical Inquiry II. 
PTP 670 - Fundamentals of Procedural Interventions.  
PTP 671 - Cardiopulmonary Diseases and Disorders.  
PTP 699 - Integration I.   

Year Two

Fall Semester (15 credits)
PTP 730 - Full-Time Clinical Experience. 
PTP 750 - Electrotherapeutic and Physical Modalities.  
PTP 752 - Neuromuscular Examination and Practice I. 
PTP 772 - Cardiopulmonary Examination and Practice I. 
PTP 781 - Pediatric Diseases, Disorders and Examination in Practice.  

Winter Semester (16 credits)
PTP 728 - Musculoskeletal Practice Pattern: Axial Skeleton Integration. 
PTP 745 - Metabolic and Endocrine Conditions in Practice.  
PTP 753 - Neuromuscular Examination and Practice II.  
PTP 761 - Evidence-Based Practice. 
PTP 773 - Cardiopulmonary Examination and Practice II.   
PTP 782 - Pediatric Plan of Care in Practice. 

Spring/Summer Semester (13 credits)
PTP 729 - Musculoskeletal Practice: Upper Quadrant Integration.  
PTP 746 - Integument Conditions in Practice. 
PTP 760 - Ethics.  
PTP 770 - Assistive Technology to Enhance Accessibility. 
PTP 783 - Geriatrics in Practice. 
PTP 794 - Professional Service Learning. 
PTP 799 - Integration II.  
Year Three

Fall Semester (11 credits)
PTP 830 - Musculoskeletal Practice: Lower Quadrant Integration.   
PTP 841 - Medical/Surgical Conditions, Examination, and Plan of Care.  
PTP 855 - Therapeutic Relationships and Cultural Competency II.  
PTP 892 - Management in Practice.  
PTP 893 - Professional Issues in Practice.  
PTP 899 - Integration III.  

Winter Semester (10 credits)
PTP 734 - Clinical Education IV.  
PTP 735 - Clinical Education V.  

Spring/Summer Semester (5 credits)
PTP 736 - Clinical Education VI.  

Required Elective (3 credits).
Three (3) credit hours of electives must be selected from the list provided below.  For more detailed information regarding the Independent Study course and other courses, please speak with your advisor.

PTP 602 - Independent Research. 
PTP 769 - Chronic Pain Management Across Disciplines. 
PTP 779 - International Service Learning. 
PTP 789 - Seminar Topics.  

Sequence Requirements
Courses in the professional preparation program are intended to be taken in a prescribed sequence. It is important for students to recognize that the Physical Therapy Professional Preparation Program is not just a series of courses but instead a professional preparation program in which appropriate sequence is critical for assuring intended educational outcomes. Transfer of credit for courses in Years 1-3 taken prior to admission to the program is the prerogative of the Physical Therapy faculty. Transfer courses must meet the requirements outlined in the Guidelines for the Transfer of Credit of Previous Course Work in Partial Fulfillment of Requirements for Professional DPT Program which is available from the Physical Therapy Department.

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