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Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Requirements

Find degree requirements for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program as well as information on Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences, below.

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COURSEWORK

These courses comprise a 24 month program and the 115 total credits of coursework to be completed for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. 

Semester one – 20 credit hours total

DPT 710 Professional Formation 1 1 credit hour 1st Bi-Term 
DPT 741  Physical Therapy Fundamentals  4 credit hours 1st Bi-Term 
DPT 713 Evidence Informed Practice 1 1 credit hour 1st Bi-Term 
DPT 712 Communication for Healthcare Professionals  1 credit hour 2nd Bi-Term
DPT 742 Introduction of Patient Examination 4 credit hours  2nd Bi-Term
DPT 718 Integrated Case Studies 1 1 credit hour  2nd Bi-Term
DPT 750 Applied Human Anatomy 5 credit hours Full Term
DPT 730 Pathophysiology for Physical Therapists 3 credit hours Full Term 

Semester two – 25 credit hours total

DPT 743 Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy Practice 1 4 credit hours 1st Bi-Term 
DPT 734 Principles of Exercise and Health Promotion 3 credit hours 1st Bi-Term 
DPT 735 Clinical Biomechanics 3 credit hours 1st Bi-Term 
DPT 744 Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy Practice 2 4 credit hours 2nd Bi-Term
DPT 737 Introduction to Clinical Medicine 3 credit hours 2nd Bi-Term
DPT 736 Therapeutic Technologies 3 credit hours 2nd Bi-Term
DPT 740 Clinical Neuroscience 4 credit hours Full-Term 
DPT 719 Integrated Case Studies 2 1 credit hour  Full-Term

Semester three – 24 credit hours total

DPT 820 Psychosocial Considerations in Healthcare 2 credit hours 1st Bi-Term 
DPT 843 Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy Practice 3 4 credit hours 1st Bi-Term 
DPT 811 Evidence Informed Practice 2 1 credit hour 1st Bi-Term 
DPT 834 Principles of Exercise and Health Promotion 2 3 credit hours 1st Bi-Term 
DPT 833 Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Assistive Technologies  3 credit hours 2nd Bi-Term
DPT 818 Integrated Case Studies 3 1 credit hour  2nd Bi-Term
DPT 810 Professional Formation 2  1 credit hour  2nd Bi-Term
DPT 841 cute Care, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy Practice  4 credit hours Full-Term
DPT 851 Neurological Physical Therapy Practice  5 credit hours Full-Term

Semester four – 18 credit hours total

DPT 832 Geriatric Physical Therapy Practice 3 credit hours 1st Bi-Term 
DPT 842 Pediatric Physical Therapy Practice 4 credit hours 1st Bi-Term 
DPT 844 Musculoskeletal Practice 4  4 credit hours 1st Bi-Term 
DPT 821 Ethics in Healthcare 2 credit hours 2nd Bi-Term
DPT 880  Full-Time Clinical Education Experience 1 4 credit hours 2nd Bi-Term
DPT 812 Evidence Informed Practice 3 1 credit hour Full-Term

Semester five – 16 credit hours total

DPT 950 Differential Diagnosis and Primary Care 5 credit hours 1st Bi-Term 
DPT 930 Integumentary and Oncology Physical Therapy Practice  3 credit hours 1st Bi-Term 
DPT 931 Management and Leadership in Physical Therapy  3 credit hours 1st Bi-Term 
DPT 918 Integrated Case Studies 4 1 credit hours 1st Bi-Term 
DPT 980 Full-Time Clinical Education Experience 2 4 credit hours 2nd Bi-Term

Semester six – 12 credit hours total

DPT 990  Terminal Full-Time Clinical Education Experience  8 credit hours Full-Term
DPT 932 Professional Formation 3  3 credit hours Full-Term
DPT 914 Evidence Informed Practice 4 1 credit hour Full-Term

 

Clinical Education

Full-Time Clinical Experiences

Clinical Education is a critical component of the DPT curriculum, providing students opportunity to practically apply classroom instruction and to develop their clinical and patient care skills under the supervision of licensed physical therapist practitioners. Our DPT students participate in a clinical education curriculum that includes both integrated and full-time clinical experiences that offers both breadth and depth to their clinical learning. 

Full-Time Clinical Experiences

In the second year of the DPT program, students complete three clinical experiences in clinical sites around the country. These clinical experiences include two 8-week experiences and a 15-week terminal experience. The 15-week terminal experience occurs after the completion of all didactic coursework, and students develop the skills and abilities needed to practice as an excellent, entry-level clinician. All students are required to complete experiences that provide experiences across patient populations.

All terminal clinical experience sites are selected and approved by the Director of Clinical Education (DCE). The establishment of new affiliation agreements will be considered by the DCE only when the clinical site meets the specific requirements and needs of the DPT program and offers a learning environment consistent with the University of the Cumberlands DPT’s mission.