DPT Curriculum


The curriculum is an 8 semester plan of study which incorporates 32 weeks of full time clinical internship. Students enter the program after completing a bachelor’s degree. The students are awarded the DPT degree after completing 113 credit hours of graduate course work.

The curriculum has been established along three basic educational principles that are instilled in the philosophy and mission of the program. First, it is necessary that a strong basic science background in the biological, kinesiological and behavioral sciences be established as the foundation upon which the curriculum is developed. Secondly, incorporation of principles underlying logical reasoning and the scientific method shall be woven throughout all aspects of the curriculum. These principles shall be explicitly stated in the design and content of each course; they shall be implicitly stated in the faculty’s behavior as role models through their incorporation of their research and clinical practice experiences into the classroom setting. Third, students will recognize that the practice of physical therapy is empowered by the collaborative efforts of the team, ensuring a partnership of people working towards a common goal. This principle is instilled in the students throughout the content of the curriculum and is exemplified by the faculty’s collaborative teaching and research efforts.

Year 1

Fall: Semester I

PHT 6153 Physiology for PT 3 Credits
PHT 6187C Functional Anatomy I 5 Credits
PHT 6605 Evidence Based Practice I 3 Credits
PHT 6024 Sem: Professional Issues I 2 Credits
PHT 6502 Health Promotion and Wellness for Physical Therapy Practice I 1 Credit
PHT 6206C Basic Clinical Skills I 2 Credits
Total Credits:   16

Spring: Semester II

PHT 6188C Functional Anatomy II 5 Credits
PHT 6189C Examination and Evaluation 3 Credits
PHT 6168C Neuroscience in Physical Therapy 4 Credits
PHT 6503 Health Promotion and Wellness for Physical Therapy Practice II 2 Credits
6207C Basic Clinical Skills II 2 Credits
PHT 6152C Exercise Physiology 2 Credits
Total Credits: 18

Summer: Semester III

PHT 6770 Musculoskeletal Disorders I 2 Credits
PHT 6218C Therapeutic Modality Interventions in Physical Therapy 2 Credits
PHT 6860 Clinical Education I 1 Credit
PHT 6608  Evidence Based Practice II 3 Credits
PHT 6352 Pharmacology in Physical Therapy Practice 3 Credits
PHT 6186C Motor Control/ Therapeutic Exercise I 2 Credits
Total Credits: 13

Year 2

Fall: Semester IV

PHT 6771 Musculoskeletal Disorders II 4 Credits
PHT 6381C Cardiopulmonary Disorders in Physical Therapy 3 Credits
PHT 6070C Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging in Physical Therapy Practice 3 Credits
PHT 6861 Clinical Education II 1 Credit
PHT 6761C Neurorehabilitation I 3 Credits
PHT 6302C Principles of Disease 4 Credits
Total Credits: 18

Spring: Semester V

First 8 weeks:
PHT 6762C Neurorehabilitation II 2 Credits
PHT 6527 Professional Issues II 3 Credits
PHT 6374 Geriatrics in Physical Therapy 2 Credits
Second 8 weeks:
PHT 6811 Clinical Education III 6 Credits
Total Credits: 13

Summer: Semester VI

PHT 6190C Motor Control/ Therapeutic Exercise II 3 Credits
PHT 6322 Pediatrics in Physical Therapy 4 Credits
PHT 6702C Prosthetics and Orthotics 2 Credits
PHT 6730 Differential Diagnosis in Physical Therapy 3 Credits
Total Credits: 12

Year 3

Fall: Semester VII

PHT 6807 Clinical Education IV 6 Credits
PHT 6817 Clinical Education V 6 Credits
Total Credits: 12

Spring: Semester VIII

First 8 weeks:
PHT 6823 Clinical Education VI 6 Credits
Second 8 weeks:
PHT 6504 Health Promotion and Wellness for Physical Therapy Practice III 1 Credit
PHT 6530 Professional Issues III 2 Credits
PHT 6609 Evidence Based Practice III 2 Credits
Program Total: 113