The program’s curriculum is designed to prepare graduates who will be effective entry-level and contemporary practitioners of physical therapy in a wide variety of clinical settings. The program incorporates traditional classwork, research, and clinical experiences. The majority of academic coursework will occur on the East campus in the French East Building. There are some courses which will involve lecture, course related field trips and observations at off campus sites. At the end of this section, you will find a sample curriculum.
Clinical Experiences are indicated in the sample course of study as PT Practice I-IV. In total, there are approximately 41 weeks of clinical experience. Clinical education is an integral part of physical therapy education. Our program is affiliated with numerous facilities in order to offer experience in the many applications of physical therapy. These facilities include hospitals, rehabilitation centers, sports medicine centers, geriatric and pediatric centers, home health agencies, etc. During a clinical experience, a student will be assigned to a facility and work with a clinical instructor (CI) to apply the information, concepts and skills mastered in the classroom and lab to a patient situation.
The DPT curriculum uses an evidence-based approach to address the four practice patterns as outlined in the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice (Interactive Guide to Physical Therapist Practice by American Physical Therapy Association. 2003.):
DPT Sample Curriculum (PDF) (Please note that each year the curriculum is reviewed and revised, as appropriate. Therefore, this sample curriculum may not represent the curriculum that will be used once the student matriculates into the program)