Curriculum — Stefani Doctor of Physical Therapy Program


The Stefani Doctor of Physical Therapy program consists of nine semesters, 117 credits, with 32 weeks of clinical internships. Courses must be taken in order, given the cohort progression structure of the program.

First-year students begin the program in in June and will graduate in May of the third year. Competency exams are given at the end of each year, with a comprehensive competency exam in the last semester.

Students are encouraged to participate in a licensing exam prep course during their final semester, while they also present their research findings or case studies as a capstone experience before graduation.
 



DPT Curriculum


Summer 1 — 8 Weeks

Course # - Course Title — Credit Hours / Contact Hours

DPT 610 - Concepts in Physical Therapy — 2 cr. / 72 hrs.
DPT 611 - Research in Physical Therapy I — 2 cr. / 32 hrs.
DPT 612 - Legal and Ethical Issues in Physical Therapy — 2 cr. / 32 hrs.
DPT 613 - Human Development and the Life Cycle — 2 cr. / 32 hrs.


Fall 1 — 16 Weeks

Course # - Course Title — Credit Hours / Contact Hours

DPT 620 - Clinical Human Anatomy — 4 cr. / 112 hrs.
DPT 621 - Surface Anatomy and Examination Techniques — 2 cr. / 64 hrs.
DPT 622 - Human Imaging in PT Practice I — 1 cr. / 32 hrs.
DPT 623 - Physical Agents and Mechanical Modalities — 3 cr. / 80 hrs.
DPT 624 - Acute Care and Therapeutic Exercise — 4 cr. / 112 hrs.
DPT 625 - Biomechanics and Kinesiology — 2 cr. / 64 hrs.


Spring 1 — 16 Weeks

Course # - Course Title — Credit Hours / Contact Hours

DPT 630 - Medical Physiology — 3 cr. / 72 hrs.
DPT 631 - Clinical Management of the Musculoskeletal System I — 5 cr. / 128 hrs.
DPT 632 - Neuroanatomy-Neuroscience — 3 cr. / 96 hrs.
DPT 633 - Human Imaging in PT Practice II — 1 cr. / 32 hrs.
DPT 634 - Electrotherapeutic Modalities and Clinical Electrophysiology — 2 cr. / 80 hrs.
DPT 635 - Clinical Human Anatomy Laboratory — 2 cr. / 64 hrs.


Summer 2 — 8 Weeks

Course # - Course Title — Credit Hours / Contact Hours

DPT 710 - Motor Control and Motor Learning — 2 cr. / 32 hrs.
DPT 711 - Clinical Management of the Adult Neurological System — 4 cr. / 72 hrs.
DPT 712 - Research in Physical Therapy II — 2 cr. / 32 hrs.


Fall 2 — 8 Weeks

Course # - Course Title — Credit Hours / Contact Hours

DPT 720 - Exercise Physiology and Nutrition — 3 cr. / 48 hrs.
DPT 721 - Differential Diagnosis — 2 cr. / 32 hrs.
DPT 722 - Clinical Management of the Musculoskeletal System II — 3 cr. / 88 hrs.
DPT 723 - Histology, Pathology / Pathophysiology — 3 cr. / 48 hrs.
DPT 724 - Medical Lectures — 3 cr. / 48 hrs.



Fall 2 {Clinicals — 2 Weeks = 1 Credit Hour} — 8 Weeks (Oct. - Dec.)

Course # - Course Title — Credit Hours / Contact Hours

DPT 725 - Clinical Internship I — 4 cr. / 320 hrs.


Spring 2 {Clinicals — 2 Weeks = 1 Credit Hour} — 8 Weeks (Jan. - Mar.)

Course # - Course Title — Credit Hours / Contact Hours

DPT 730 - Clinical Internship II — 4 cr. / 320 hrs.


Spring 2 — 8 Weeks

Course # - Course Title — Credit Hours / Contact Hours

DPT 731 - Clinical Management of the Pediatric and Adolescent Neurological System — 3 cr. / 56 hrs.
DPT 732 - Clinical Management of the Cardiopulmonary System — 3 cr. / 80 hrs.
DPT 733 - Critical Integration and Analysis of Patient Care I — 2 cr. / 32 hrs.
DPT 734 - Medical Pharmacology — 3 cr. / 48 hrs.
DPT 735 - Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Assistive Technologies — 3 cr. / 48 hrs.


Summer 3 {Clinicals — 2 Weeks = 1 Credit Hour} — 8 Weeks (June - July)

Course # - Course Title — Credit Hours / Contact Hours

DPT 810 - Clinical Internship III — 4 cr. / 320 hrs.

 


Summer 3 — 8 Weeks (June - July)

Course # - Course Title — Credit Hours / Contact Hours

DPT 811 - Research in Physical Therapy III — 1 cr. / 16 hrs.

 


Fall 3 — 16 Weeks

Course # - Course Title — Credit Hours / Contact Hours

DPT 820 - Community Health and Wellness — 2 cr. / 24 hrs.
DPT 821 - Critical Integration and Analysis of Patient Care II — 2 cr. / 32 hrs.
DPT 822 - Clinical Management of the Integumentary System — 2 cr. / 32 hrs.
DPT 823 - The Physical Therapist as Educator — 1 cr. / 16 hrs.
DPT 824 - Physical Therapy Management and Administration — 3 cr. / 48 hrs.
DPT 825 - Health Care Systems for the Physical Therapist — 2 cr. / 32 hrs.
DPT 826 - Healthy Aging and Advanced Topics in Geriatrics — 2 cr. / 32 hrs.
DPT 827 - Research in Physical Therapy IV — 1 cr. / 16 hrs.


Spring 3 — 8 Weeks

Course # - Course Title — Credit Hours / Contact Hours

DPT 831 - Special Topics (Complimentary Therapies; Lymphedema Management; Vestibular Rehabilitation; Trigger Point Therapy and Myofascial Release; Aquatic Rehabilitation) — 4 cr. / 80 hrs.
DPT 832 - Elective (1. Sports Medicine, or 2. Spinal Mobilization, or 3. Women’s Health) — 2 cr. / 32 hrs.
DPT 833 - Oral Defense of Research and Presentations — 2 cr. / 80 hrs.
DPT 834 - Comprehensive Examination — 1 cr. / 32 hrs.


Spring 3 — 8 Weeks (March - May)

Course # - Course Title — Credit Hours / Contact Hours

DPT 830 - Clinical Internship IV — 4 cr. / 320 hrs.