Doctor of Physical Therapy

The professional curriculum is an intensive two-year, eight-month experience leading to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. The principle focus of this professional training is to develop scientific and clinical expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of movement-related conditions. By integrating biomedical and physical sciences and clinical education with behavioral and social sciences, the DPT curriculum (PDF) provides students with the scientific expertise, critical thinking skills and interpersonal communication abilities necessary for effective clinical practice, comprehensive treatment design, patient advocacy, patient education and health promotion.

Applicants for admission must have completed the following:

  1. A bachelor's degree at an accredited institution
  2. Prerequisite courses in biology, chemistry, physics, anatomy, physiology, psychology and statistics
  3. Science, math/science, and core prerequisites with a grade-point average of at least 3.0

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DPT Curriculum

Year One, Fall

PhysTher 700Learning, Health and Equity1
PhysTher 701Professions and Movement1
PhysTher 702Movement and Population Health2
PhysTher 703AMovement and Precision Health10
PhysTher 731APatient and Client Care 10.5
PhysTher 732AKnowledge for Practice 10.5
PhysTher 733APractice-Based Learning and Improvement 10.5
PhysTher 734AInterpersonal & Communication Skills 10.5
PhysTher 735AProfessionalism 10.5
PhysTher 736ASystems-Based Practice 10.5
PhysTher 737AInterprofessional Collaboration 10.5
PhysTher 738APersonal & Professional Development 10.5
Early Clinical Experience

Year One, Spring

PhysTher 703BMovement and Precision Health15
PhysTher 731BPatient and Client Care 10.5
PhysTher 732BKnowledge for Practice 10.5
PhysTher 733BPractice-Based Learning and Improvement 10.5
PhysTher 734BInterpersonal & Communication Skills 10.5
PhysTher 735BProfessionalism 10.5
PhysTher 736BSystems-Based Practice 10.5
PhysTher 737BInterprofessional Collaboration 10.5
PhysTher 738BPersonal & Professional Development 10.5
Early Clinical Experience

Year One, Summer

PhysTher 691Clinical Experience I (8-week, full-time internship)4

Year Two, Fall

PhysTher 710Prevention, Diagnosis and Management of Movement-Related Problems12
PhysTher 741APatient and Client Care 20.5
PhysTher 742AKnowledge for Practice 20.5
PhysTher 743APractice-Based Learning and Improvement 20.5
PhysTher 744AInterpersonal & Communication Skills 20.5
PhysTher 745AProfessionalism 20.5
PhysTher 746ASystems-Based Practice 20.5
PhysTher 747AInterprofessional Collaboration 20.5
PhysTher 748APersonal & Professional Development 20.5

Year Two, Winter

PhysTher 692Clinical Experience II (8-week, full-time internship)4
PhysTher 741BPatient and Client Care 20.5
PhysTher 742BKnowledge for Practice 20.5
PhysTher 743BPractice-Based Learning and Improvement 20.5
PhysTher 744BInterpersonal & Communication Skills 20.5
PhysTher 745BProfessionalism 20.5
PhysTher 746BSystems-Based Practice 20.5
PhysTher 747BInterprofessional Collaboration 20.5
PhysTher 748BPersonal & Professional Development 20.5

Year Two, Spring

PhysTher 711Prevention, Diagnosis and Management of Complex Movement-Related Problems12
PhysTher 741CPatient and Client Care 20.5
PhysTher 742CKnowledge for Practice 20.5
PhysTher 743CPractice-Based Learning and Improvement 20.5
PhysTher 744CInterpersonal & Communication Skills 20.5
PhysTher 745CProfessionalism 20.5
PhysTher 746CSystems-Based Practice 20.5
PhysTher 747CInterprofessional Collaboration 20.5
PhysTher 748CPersonal & Professional Development 20.5

Year Three, Summer

PhysTher 693Clinical Experience III (10-week, full-time internship)5

Year Three, Fall

PhysTher 694Clinical Experience IV (12-week, full-time internship)6

Year Three, Spring

Focused Clinical Study (30 hours)

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