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curriculum

In keeping with the expectations of physical therapist education and the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), the faculty has rooted its DPT curriculum in 7 domains of learning which include the following courses.

Domains of Learning

The purpose of the program is the preparation of competent physical therapists who, by virtue of their graduate education, can enter the health care arena primarily as clinicians, with beginning skills in research, administration and education.

Students come into the program with a strong foundation in the liberal arts, including the humanities and sciences. Professional education builds on and refines this knowledge base and develops skills in the learner in concept formation, analysis, synthesis, problem-solving and evidence-based practice.

Domain

Definition Of

Coursework

Scientific Foundations

Basic science courses that provide the fundamental knowledge related to normal and abnormal human structure, function & response to injury & disease.  Courses necessary to make quantitative and qualitative observations & facilitate understanding of the clinical sciences

Gross Anatomy

Neuroscience

Movement Science

Applied Physiology         

Kinesiology & Biomechanics I, II

Pathology

Pharmacology

Clinical Sciences

Acquisition of PT knowledge & skill preparation necessary for clinical practice.  Students acquire skill to examine, evaluate & prepare a plan of care for individuals served.  Provide the knowledge necessary for understanding, presenting rationale for and applying intervention strategies.  Critical decision-making & evidence-based practice are integrated throughout these courses.  The advanced specialization and sub-specialization track courses allow for greater knowledge & skill in a clinical area of interest.

Examination & Evaluation

PT Procedures

Concepts of Therapeutic Exercise

Physical Modalities

Integumentary Management

Soft Tissue Mobilization

Medical Screening I, II

Diagnostic Imaging

Orthotics

Prosthetics

Cardiopulmonary Conditions I, II

Adult Neurorehabilitation I, II, III

Orthopedics I, II, III

Pediatrics I, II

Clinical Geriatrics

Advanced Specialization Track Courses in

  • Adult Neurorehabilitation
  • Orthopedics
  • Pediatrics

Advanced Sub Specialization Course in

  • Women’s Health
  • Cerviogenic Headaches & Chronic Pain
  • Cardiopulmonary

Critical Exploration

Develop skills necessary for evidence- practice and to analyze interventions within a disablement framework from multiple perspectives.  Students explore an area of interest for the Capstone project & can gain more advanced knowledge through the research elective.

Theory & Application of PT Research

Clinical Case Management Seminar

Capstone Project Advisement

Elective in Research Option

Professional Development

Introduction to the profession of PT & the roles & responsibilities they and other health care professionals assume in today’s health care system.  Development of clinical reasoning skills related to professional & legal judgments necessary for transition into the clinical environment.

Professional Development I, II

Psychosocial Adaptation to Illness & Disability

 

Health Care Systems & Management

Practice, insurance, billing and reimbursement issues related to a variety of practice settings.  Students also develop skill in defining market “niche” and business management.

Issues & Approaches in Health Policy

Marketing & Business Management in PT

Health Education and Promotion in PT Practice

Electives

Supplement the clinical science courses.  Afford students the opportunity to study highly specialized areas of clinical practice or develop greater competency in teaching or research.

Teaching Practicum in Anatomy

Teaching Practicum in Kinesiology

Research Practicum

Performance PT

Rehabilitation of the Athlete

Contemporary Therapeutic Approaches

Pilates

Foot & Ankle Rehabilitation

Hand Rehabilitation

Clinical Experiences

Collective experiences in direct patient care, teaching and administrative aspects under the supervision of a PT.  Integrates clinical skills developed in the curriculum with various patient populations.  Clinical education seminars help prepare students for their clinical experiences by providing a thorough understanding of roles & responsibilities.

Mentorship (eases transition into Clinical Education I)

Clinical Education Seminars

Clinical Education I, II

Internship

The above curriculum components are sequenced in the curriculum as follows:

Domain

Academic Year

 

I

II

III

 

F

Sp

Sm

F

Sp

Sm

F

Sp

Scientific Foundations

 X

 X

 X

         

Clinical Sciences

 X

 X

 X

X

X

 

X

 

Critical Exploration (Research Elective Option)

 

 X

 X

(X)

(X)

 

(X)

 

Professional Issues

 X

     

X

     

Health Care Systems & Management

           

X

 

Electives

       

X

 

X

 

Mentorship (x) and Clinical Education

     

(X)X

 

 X

 

 X

Total hours of the curriculum components are:

Domain

Hours

Scientific Foundations

540

 

Clinical Sciences

1127

 

Critical Exploration (elective option)

64 + elective option

Professional Issues

71

 

Health Care Systems & Management

136

 

Electives

40 minimum

Clinical Education

1568

 

Total Hours

3546

 

Percentage of Curriculum

   

Didactic

56%

 

Clinical Education

44%

 

 

 



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