Doctor of Physical Therapy Curriculum

Physical Therapy Schools California

The DPT curriculum is a sequential curriculum in which students use knowledge from prior coursework to build further knowledge and expertise as they progress through the program. In the Patient/Client Management course series, students will learn to perform a PT examination and evaluate the findings to formulate a diagnosis, prognosis, and plan of care, and to provide interventions for patients with problems commonly encountered in physical therapy. Emphasis is placed on the development of fluid, proficient psychomotor skills used in practice. Students will also use evidence based practice demonstrating increasing levels of critical analysis and decision making. Content in the course series Patient/Client Management; Functional Anatomy, Biomechanics and Kinesiology; and Pathology and Medical Management is coordinated each trimester. The series of Capstone courses is interspersed throughout the curriculum and guides the students in small groups with faculty mentors to work towards their culminating capstone presentation occuring during trimester 9.

Year One

FALL (TRIMESTER 1)  
PT 710 Clinical Foundations in Physical Therapy 3.0
PT 722 Clinical Physiology 3.5
PT 723 Gross Anatomy I 3.5
PT 724 Functional Anatomy, Biomechanics and Kinesology I 3.0
PT 727 Neuroscience I 1.0
PT 735 Exercise Prescription for Patients and Clients I 1.0
PT 741 Professional Issues in Physical Therapy 1.0
PT 755 Evidence-Based Practice I 2.0
Total units Fall Trimester I 18.0
SPRING (TRIMESTER 2)  
PT 711 Patient/Client Management Musculoskeletal I 5.0
PT 725 Gross Anatomy II 2.5
PT 726 Functional Anatomy, Biomechanics and Kinesiology II 3.0
PT 732 Pathology and Pharmacology I 2.0
PT 738 Musculoskeletal Medical Management and Imaging I 1.5
PT 743 Interprofessional Communication in Healthcare 2.0
PT 761 Integrated Clinical Experience I 0.5
Total units Spring Trimester I 16.5
SUMMER (TRIMESTER 3)  
PT 712 Patient/Client Management Musculoskeletal II 5.0
PT 719 Physical Agents and Electrotherapy 1.0
PT 733 Pathology and Pharmacology II 1.5
PT 736 Exercise Prescription for Patients and Clients II 1.0
PT 739 Musculoskeletal Medical Management and Imaging II 1.5
PT 742 Teaching and Learning 1.5
PT 745 Behavioral and Psychosocial Factors in Health Care 2.0
PT 701 Capstone I: Introduction 0.25
PT 762 Integrated Clinical Experience II 0.5
Total units Summer Trimester I 14.25

Year Two

FALL (TRIMESTER 4)  
PT 702 Capstone II: Exploration and Planning 0.75
PT 728 Neuroscience II 2.0
PT 744 Health Care Systems and Regulatory Aspects of PT 2.0
PT 756 Evidence-Based Practice II 2.0
PT 763 Clinical Experience I 5.0
Total units Fall Trimester II 11.75
SPRING (TRIMESTER 5)  
PT 713 Patient/Client Management Neuromuscular I 6.0
PT 714 Patient/Client Management Pediatrics 3.0
PT 729 Neuroscience III 3.0
PT 730 Medical Screening for Physical Therapists 0.5
PT 734 Pathology and Medical Management in Neurology 2.0
PT 737 Exercise Prescription for Patients and Clients III 1.0
PT 753 Case Studies in Neuromuscular Physical Therapy 1.0
PT 764 Integrated Clinical Experience III 0.5
Total units Spring Trimester II 17.0
SUMMER (TRIMESTER 6)  
PT 717 Patient/Client Management Cardiopulmonary 3.0
PT 703 Capstone III: Implementation 1.5
PT 715A Patient/Client Management Special Topics I 1.5
PT 765 Clinical Experience II 5.0
Total units Summer Trimester II 10.5

Year Three

FALL (TRIMESTER 7)  
PT 715B Patient/Client Management Special Topics II 1.5
PT 716 Patient/Client Management Musculoskeletal III 3.0
PT 718 Patient/Client Management Neuromuscular II 3.0
PT 746 Management of Physical Therapy Services 2.0
PT 747 Professional Issues II 1.0
PT 704 Capstone IV: Completion 2.0
Total units Fall Trimester III 12.5
SPRING (TRIMESTER 8)  
Students are continuously enrolled in PT 704 Capstone IV from Fall (Trimester 7)  
PT 766 Internship (22 weeks)  
SUMMER (TRIMESTER 9)  
Complete internship  
OPTIONAL ELECTIVES  
PT 781 Advanced Pediatrics (Fall, DPT III only) 2.0
PT 782 Sports Medicine (Fall, DPT III only) 2.0
PT 771 Individual Independent Study 1.0-3.0
PT 772 Group Independent Study 1.0-3.0
IPE 700 IGNITE (Interprofessional Team Practice for Error Management) 2.0

 

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