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Curriculum

An overview of the courses in the DPT Program.

The DPT Program's curriculum spans nine consecutive semesters over a three year period and includes 36 weeks of full-time clinical education

Curriculum highlights include:

  • 3-course, first year, Human Anatomy series with cadaver dissection
  • 4-course Professional Development series emphasizing Servant Leadership
  • 8-course, systems-based, Differential Diagnosis and Intervention series
  • 5-course research series, culminating in a faculty-mentored, student project
  • 4-course clinical education series totaling 36 weeks of full-time clinical education

Year 1 - DPT 1

 

Fall Semester

Course
Number 

Course Title

Credits

 PT 501Human Anatomy 1 - Trunk 3 
 PT 510Professional Development 1 3 
 PT 520Foundations of Patient Care 14
 PT 530Musculoskeletal 1 - Spine Function & Pathology  3 
 PT 540Differential Diagnosis & Intervention - 
Musculoskeletal 1 Spine
 4 

 

Spring Semester

Course
Number 

 

Course Title          

 

Credits

 PT 502    

Human Anatomy 2 - Upper Quadrant

 3

 PT 521

PT Modalities

 3

 PT 531

Musculoskeletal 2 - Upper Quadrant
Function & Pathology 

  3 

 PT 541

Differential Diagnosis & Intervention - 
Musculoskeletal 2 Upper Quadrant

  4 

 PT 550

Evidence Based Practice

  2

 

Summer Semester

Course
Number 

 

Course Title      

 

Credits

 PT 601   Human Anatomy 3 - Lower Quadrant  2
 PT 630Musculoskeletal 3 - Lower Quadrant
Function & Pathology
 3
 PT 640Differential Diagnosis & Intervention - 
Musculoskeletal 3 Lower Quadrant
 4
 PT 650Research 1      2
 PT 660Clinical Reasoning 1 2

Year 2 - DPT 2

Fall Semester

Course
Number 

 

Course Title

 

Credits 

 PT 631

Neuroanatomy & Function

 4

 PT 632

Motor Learning & Motor Control

 2

 PT 641

Differential Diagnosis & Intervention - Pediatrics

 PT 651

Research 2

 1

PT 661

Clinical Reasoning 2

 2

 PT 670

Clinical Education 1 (first 6 weeks)

 3

 

Spring Semester

Course
Number 

 

Course Title

 

Credits

  PT 610

Professional Development 2

 2

 PT 620

Foundations of Patient Care 2

 3

  PT 642

Differential Diagnosis & Intervention - 
Adult Neuro

 5

  PT 652

Research 3

 1

  PT 662

Clinical Reasoning 3

 2

  PT 680

Clinical Medicine 1 - Neuro

 2 

 

Summer Semester

Course
Number

 

Course Title

 

Credits

 PT 643Differential Diagnosis & Intervention - Geriatrics  3
 PT 644Differential Diagnosis & Intervention - Cardiovascular & Pulmonary4
 PT 681Pharmacology 2
 PT 682Clinical Medicine 2 - Cardiovascular & Pulmonary  2
 PT 760Clinical Reasoning 42

Year 3 - DPT 3

Fall Semester

Course
Number

 

Course Title

 

Credits

 PT 653

Research 4

 1 

 PT 710

Professional Development 3 

 2 

 PT 740

Differential Diagnosis & Intervention - Special Populations    

  3 

 PT 780

Clinical Medicine 3 - Special Populations

 2

 PT 790

Special Topics 1

 2

 PT 770

Clinical Education 2 (last 8 weeks)

 4

 

Spring Semester

Course
Number

 

Course Title

 

Credits

 PT 791Business & Management Issues3
 PT 792Promoting Health & Wellness3
 PT 793Special Topics 22
 PT 771Clinical Education 3 (last 10 weeks)5

 

Summer Semester

Course
Number

 

Course Title            

 

Credits

 PT 711

Professional Development 4

 1

 PT 772

Clinical Education 4 (first 12 weeks) 

 6

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