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; Pathology and Medical Management; and Case Studies is coordinated each semester. The Case Studies series, offered in small group seminar format, emphasizes critical thinking and clinical reasoning to complement and promote application, integration, and development of learning in other classes. Students study various cases representing a variety of diagnoses, issues, settings, and populations, including considerations of patients' psychological, social, and cultural perspectives and their situation within the health care system.

The DPT program is excited to announce our revised curriculum, effective with the class entering in Fall 2013 (graduating on/after 2016), which is described below. Please click here to access the curriculum for continuing students (effective for classes graduating 2015 only).


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 Research 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 728 Neuroscience II2.0
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 Communication in Health Care2.0
PT 752 Case Studies I1.0
PT 762 Integrated Clinical Experience II0.5
Total units Summer Semester I17.0

Year Two

PT 763 Clinical Experience I 5.0
Total units Fall Semester II5.0
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 II1.0
PT 764 Integrated Clinical Experience III0.5
Total units Spring Semester II17.0


PT 717 Patient/Client Management Cardiopulmonary3.0
PT 744 Health Care Systems and Regulatory Aspects of PT2.0
PT 756 Research II2.0
PT 765 Clinical Experience II5.0
Total units Summer Semester II12.0


Year Three

PT 715 Patient/Client Management Special Populations3.0
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 754 Case Studies III1.0
PT 757 Research III2.0
Total units Fall Semester III15.0
Students are continuously enrolled in PT 757 Research III from Fall (Semester 7) 
PT 766 Internship (22 weeks) 
Complete internship 
PT 700 The Interdisciplinary Team-Improving the Care of our Elders (Spring, DPT II or III only)1.5
PT 781 Advanced Pediatrics (Fall, DPT III only)2.0
PT 782 Physical Therapy in Sports Medicine (Fall, DPT III only)2.0
PT 771 Individual Independent Study1.0-3.0
PT 772 Group Independent Study1.0-3.0