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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 2013, 2014, and 2015 only).


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 Research I 2.0
Total units Fall Semester I 18.0
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 Semester I 16.5
PT 712 Patient/Client Management Musculoskeletal II 5.0
PT 719 Physical Agents and Electrotherapy 1.0
PT 728 Neuroscience II 2.0
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 Communication in Health Care 2.0
PT 752 Case Studies I 1.0
PT 762 Integrated Clinical Experience II 0.5
Total units Summer Semester I 17.0

Year Two

PT 763 Clinical Experience I 5.0
Total units Fall Semester II 5.0
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 II 1.0
PT 764 Integrated Clinical Experience III 0.5
Total units Spring Semester II 17.0


PT 717 Patient/Client Management Cardiopulmonary 3.0
PT 744 Health Care Systems and Regulatory Aspects of PT 2.0
PT 756 Research II 2.0
PT 765 Clinical Experience II 5.0
Total units Summer Semester II 12.0


Year Three

PT 715 Patient/Client Management Special Populations 3.0
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 754 Case Studies III 1.0
PT 757 Research III 2.0
Total units Fall Semester III 15.0
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 Study 1.0-3.0
PT 772 Group Independent Study 1.0-3.0