The DPT program offers an integrated curriculum designed specifically to prepare students to meet the demands of diverse practice settings in an evolving health care environment.
Coursework increases in complexity throughout the three years in the areas of foundational science (anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology), clinical science (care of neurological, musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, and integument disorders), behavioral science (education, administration, and professional development), research, and clinical practice.
The curriculum combines academic and clinical coursework with an emphasis on critical inquiry, clinical problem solving, education, professionalism, and cultural competency. Research courses in the last two years of study culminate in the completion of formal academic research studies organized as group projects and mentored by faculty. Students may go on to present their research in local, state, and national forums. The clinical affiliations culminate in a clinical education project. Students also are required to participate in structured community and professional service as part of the curriculum. The DPT Program curriculum is designed to prepare the student to be a leader in any practice area of the physical therapy profession, including clinical practice, research, education, administration, and professional service.
To qualify for graduation with the dual degrees of BS in Health Sciences and DPT in Physical Therapy, a student must satisfactorily complete a total of 121.5 credit hours of coursework by achieving at least the minimum passing grade in all coursework in the DPT curriculum.
The DPT program graduates a cohort of students every September along with the other SHS programs.