Doctor of Physical Therapy Curriculum

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 semester. 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 semester 9.

The DPT program is excited to announce our revised curriculum, effective with the class entering in Fall 2018, which is described below.
Please see associated documents outlining curriculum for the class of 2016 and class of 2017.

PT 710 Clinical Foundations in Physical Therapy3.0
PT 722 Clinical Physiology3.5
PT 723 Gross Anatomy I3.5
PT 724 Functional Anatomy, Biomechanics and Kinesology I3.0
PT 727 Neuroscience I1.0
PT 735 Exercise Prescription for Patients and Clients I1.0
PT 741 Professional Issues in Physical Therapy1.0
PT 755 Evidence-Based Practice I2.0
Total units Fall Semester I18.0
PT 711 Patient/Client Management Musculoskeletal I5.0
PT 725 Gross Anatomy II2.5
PT 726 Functional Anatomy, Biomechanics and Kinesiology II3.0
PT 732 Pathology and Pharmacology I2.0
PT 738 Musculoskeletal Medical Management and Imaging I1.5
PT 743 Interprofessional Communication in Healthcare2.0
PT 761 Integrated Clinical Experience I 0.5
Total units Spring Semester I16.5
PT 712 Patient/Client Management Musculoskeletal II5.0
PT 719 Physical Agents and Electrotherapy1.0
PT 733 Pathology and Pharmacology II1.5
PT 736 Exercise Prescription for Patients and Clients II1.0
PT 739 Musculoskeletal Medical Management and Imaging II1.5
PT 742 Teaching and Learning1.5
PT 745 Behavioral and Psychosocial Factors in Health Care2.0
PT 701 Capstone I: Introduction0.25
PT 762 Integrated Clinical Experience II0.5
Total units Summer Semester I14.25

Year Two

PT 702 Capstone II: Exploration and Planning0.75
PT 728 Neuroscience II2.0
PT 744 Health Care Systems and Regulatory Aspects of PT2.0
PT 756 Evidence-Based Practice II2.0
PT 763 Clinical Experience I 5.0
Total units Fall Semester II11.75
PT 713 Patient/Client Management Neuromuscular I6.0
PT 714 Patient/Client Management Pediatrics3.0
PT 729 Neuroscience III3.0
PT 730 Medical Screening for Physical Therapists0.5
PT 734 Pathology and Medical Management in Neurology2.0
PT 737 Exercise Prescription for Patients and Clients III1.0
PT 753 Case Studies in Neuromuscular Physical Therapy1.0
PT 764 Integrated Clinical Experience III0.5
Total units Spring Semester II17.0
PT 717 Patient/Client Management Cardiopulmonary3.0
PT 703 Capstone III: Implementation1.5
PT 715A Patient/Client Management Special Topics I1.5
PT 765 Clinical Experience II5.0
Total units Summer Semester II10.5

Year Three

PT 715B Patient/Client Management Special Topics II1.5
PT 716 Patient/Client Management Musculoskeletal III3.0
PT 718 Patient/Client Management Neuromuscular II3.0
PT 746 Management of Physical Therapy Services2.0
PT 747 Professional Issues II1.0
PT 704 Capstone IV: Completion2.0
Total units Fall Semester III12.5
Students are continuously enrolled in PT 704 Capstone IV from Fall (Semester 7) 
PT 766 Internship (22 weeks) 
Complete internship 
PT 781 Advanced Pediatrics (Fall, DPT III only)2.0
PT 782 Sports Medicine (Fall, DPT III only)2.0
PT 771 Individual Independent Study1.0-3.0
PT 772 Group Independent Study1.0-3.0
IPE 700 IGNITE (Interprofessional Team Practice for Error Management)2.0