Curriculum

Apply learned skills in the classroom to real patients

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is designed with a blend of classroom and clinical experiences to best prepare you as a physical therapist. As a student of the DPT program, your curriculum will include nine academic semesters.

The Integrated Clinical Education courses occur in both semesters of the first year of study, as well as the spring semester of the second year of study. These courses allow students to be exposed to clinical practice under the supervision of licensed PT clinical faculty at a clinical partner site one afternoon per week while they are also learning in the classroom. This offers students the opportunity to integrate classroom learning and clinical application in real-time. By the end of the 30 total weeks of full-time clinical experiences, it is expected that the student is able to exhibit entry-level clinical performance in any general practice setting. All four clinical education affiliations provide a complete and well-rounded educational experience.

As a result of this curriculum, students will enter the profession as physical therapy practitioners prepared to:

  • Communicate verbally and in writing with patient/clients and their caregivers, colleagues, legislators, third-party payers, and other constituents
  • Demonstrate decision-making skills including clinical reasoning, clinical judgment, and reflective practice
  • Screen patients/clients to determine the need for further examination or consultation by a PT or referral to another health care professional
  • Establish a collaborative physical therapy plan of care that is safe, effective, patient/client-centered, and evidence-based

Capstone seminar experience integrating classroom and clinical learning. Presentations mentored by clinical and academic faculty will be required.

Full-time clinical experience of 8 weeks duration, which provides students the opportunity to apply theory and skills in physical therapy interventions with specific patient populations.

Full-time clinical experience of 10 weeks duration, which provides students the opportunity to apply theory and skills in physical therapy interventions with specific patient populations.