Curriculum Overview

108 Credits

PT Students with WalkerThe curriculum spans five semesters of academic and clinical course work. Additionally, students will complete four full-time clinical rotations during the summer between the first and second years, and during Fall and Spring semesters of year three.

Year 1

The 1st and 2nd academic semesters will focus on patients with disorders or dysfunction of the musculoskeletal system (semester 1) and the neurological system (semester 2). Students will develop an understanding of the structure and function of each system and apply that knowledge to problem-solving and patient management, from examination through evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis and intervention. There will be the equivalent of several days of integrated clinical experiences (tied to related academic course work) during each semester. The 8-week, full-time clinical rotation at the end of the first year of study will allow consolidation and integration of basic patient management strategies. 

Year 1, Semester I | 15 credits

  • PT 611 Structure and Function I     6 CR
  • PT 621 Examination and Documentation I    4 CR
  • PT 631 Evaluation – Intervention I    5 CR

Year 1, Semester II | 19 credits

  • PT 612 Structure and Function II    6 CR
  • PT 622 Examination and Documentation II    5 CR
  • PT 632 Evaluation – Intervention II    6 CR
  • PT 642 Foundations in Evidence-Based Physical Therapy    2 CR

Summer 1 | 5 credits

  • PT 740 Professional Practice I (4 days, late Spring)    1 CR
  • PT 651 Clinical Experience I (8 weeks)    4 CR

Year 2

The 3rd and 4th academic semesters will focus on patients with disorders or dysfunction of the cardiopulmonary, integumentary, genitourinary systems or multisystems problems (semester 3), and on the patient with complex musculoskeletal/spine problems (semester 4). Students will develop an understanding of the structure and function of each system, as well as how problems of more than one system may interact. Students will apply that knowledge to more advanced problem-solving and patient management from examination through evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis and intervention. Concepts of research in evidence-based practice are applied through Grand Rounds and Special Project 1. This project includes case-based exploration of the literature. There will be the equivalent of several days of supervised clinical experience (tied to related academic course work) during each semester.

Year 2, Semester III | 18 credits

  • PT 713 Structure and Function III    6 CR
  • PT 723 Examination and Documentation III     4 CR
  • PT 733 Evaluation – Intervention III    4 CR
  • PT 741 Professional Practice II    1 CR
  • PT 743 Grand Rounds     3 CR

Year 2, Semester IV | 17 credits

  • PT 714 Structure and Function IV    5 CR
  • PT 724 Examination and Documentation IV    4 CR
  • PT 734 Evaluation – Intervention IV    5 CR
  • PT 760 Special Project I    3 CR

 Year 3

The 5th academic semester will focus on advanced practice issues considered to be essential to independent practice as a physical therapist (practice without physician referral) and to practice that will meet the evolving shape of the profession and health care needs of society. Content in this semester will include concepts in health care systems and policy, program evaluation, health care finance, marketing, business metrics, quality improvements, wellness programming and community outreach. The fall and spring semesters will include 20 weeks of clinical experience, with students participating in some on-line (distance) activities. The second half of the special project involves development of a research proposal and culminates in a professional presentation.  All academic and clinical requirements will be completed by May graduation.

Summer 2, Semester V | 17 credits

  • PT 825 Contemporary Practice in PT   8 CR
  • PT 845 Professional Practice II    5 CR
  • PT 861 Special Project I    4 CR

Year 3, Fall | 11 credits

  • PT 852 Clinical Experience II    5 CR
  • PT 853 Clinical Experience III    6 CR

Year 3, Spring | 6 credits

  • PT 854 Clinical Experience IV    6 CR