Since you’ll be hands-on as a physical therapist, we designed our physical therapist education to be hands-on too.

physical therapy students practice on fellow classmates

Our Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) curriculum is a bit different than the physical therapist education you may find at other schools. Our students take courses for three years, nine straight semesters, summers included. This makes it easier for you to learn and retain vital practice concepts. And you earn your doctoral degree that much sooner.

Plus, you complement the valuable hands-on learning you receive in our Human Anatomy Lab with 43 weeks of clinical experience. That’s three more weeks than the national average. During this time, you familiarize yourself with a number of specializations by working in four different settings:

  • Hospital
  • In-patient setting
  • Out-patient setting
  • Setting of your choice

The Curriculum

We’ve designed our academic schedule in a way that makes sense. You learn critical concepts in your courses and build on those concepts in the labs. The result is a curriculum that prepares you to succeed. This is your course of study for the next three years:

Year One:

  • Human Gross Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Clinical Practice 1: Screening and Examination
  • Research 1: Search and Appraisal of Literature
  • Physical Therapist as a Professional 1
  • Principles of Pharmacology
  • Applied Kinesiology
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Neurophysiology
  • Research 2: Design and Stats
  • Pathophysiology
  • Clinical Practice 2: Evaluation, Diagnosis and Introduction to Intervention
  • Clinical Integration 1: Application
  • Diagnosis and Management of Integumentary Conditions

Year Two:

  • Clinical Practice 3: Prognosis and Intervention Across Systems
  • Motor Development and Motor Behavior
  • Research 3: Outcomes Assessment and Capstone
  • Diagnosis and Management of Musculoskeletal Conditions 1
  • Diagnosis and Management of Neurological Conditions 1
  • Clinical Internship 1
  • Diagnosis and Management of Musculoskeletal Conditions 2
  • Diagnosis and Management of Neurological Conditions 2
  • Clinical Integration 2: Reasoning
  • Diagnosis and Management of Cardiopulmonary Conditions¬†
  • Clinical Integration¬†3: Synthesis
  • Research 4: Capstone
  • Physical Therapist as a Professional 2
  • Diagnosis and Management of Special Populations
  • Differential Diagnosis for the Physical Therapist

Year Three:

  • Clinical Internship 2
  • Wellness and Prevention
  • Orthotics and Prosthetics
  • Patient as a Learner
  • Psychosocial Implications in Rehab
  • Diagnostic Imaging in Rehabilitation
  • Management and Administration in Healthcare
  • Clinical Internship 3
  • Comprehensive Seminar 1
  • Clinical Internship 4
  • Comprehensive Seminar 2

You’ll also find more information in the 2016 Physical Therapy Doctoral Candidate Handbook.

We invite you to call or email us if you have questions.