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Doctor of Physical Therapy

The Profession 

Physical therapists are health care professionals who provide services, such as direct patient care, supervision, management, research, teaching, and consultation. Physical therapists may engage in independent practice or may be employed by hospitals, rehabilitation centers, extended care facilities, outpatient clinics, schools, and home health agencies. Employment opportunities are readily available in most regions of the country. The vision statement of the American Physical Therapy Association is “transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience.”

Professional Education Program 

The professional curriculum uses a Problem-Based Learning model rather than the traditional lecture method of presentation. Students are assigned to tutorial groups of five to ten students and guided by a faculty tutor toward self-directed learning. Supervised laboratory sessions and clinical education experiences in a variety of settings are used for the practice of clinical skills. Due to the unique curriculum design, transfer of professional course work is unlikely. The Doctor of Physical Therapy degree is awarded upon successful completion of the program. The graduates are prepared to take the National Physical Therapy Examination licensure examination. 

The professional curriculum consists of two- and one-half years of intensive course work and clinical education experiences spanning eight consecutive terms in residence plus one online term at the beginning of their studies. Class, laboratory, and clinical education experience times include both daytime and evening hours. Enrollment in additional coursework is not possible and employment is not recommended. Clinical education experiences often require travel and housing outside the Wheeling, WV area. 

Accreditation 

The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. Initial accreditation was granted in 1996, and the program is currently accredited through 12/31/2021. 

Admissions Process

Admission to the Wheeling University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (DPT) is competitive and dependent upon the completion of a baccalaureate degree and all prerequisite coursework from a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or greater. In addition, candidates must earn a 3.0 GPA or greater in the courses listed below. At the time of application, applicants must be able to report grades from a minimum of twenty-five credits from these courses and have completed all required courses with a “C” or better in order to receive an interview for the professional program. Competition will be based on prerequisite and overall grade point averages, GRE scores, references, and interview. 

Prerequisite Requirements:

  • One course in anatomy with lab*
  • One course in physiology with lab*
    *Or a two-course sequence in anatomy and physiology with lab
  • Two courses in biological sciences (not botany) with lab
  • Two courses in general chemistry with lab
  • Two courses in general physics with lab
  • One course in psychology
  • One course in statistics

Application Process

 Refer to the Doctor of Physical Therapy web site (https://wheeling.edu/academics/graduate/physical-therapy/) for instructions on the application process via the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS).

The Wheeling University Doctor of Physical Therapy program participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). Applicants applying to the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program will apply online using the PTCAS application.

To learn more about the PTCAS application process or to submit an application, visit the PTCAS web site at www.ptcas.org.  

The following information must be submitted to PTCAS:

  1. Completed Application and Application Fee
  2. Transcripts
  3. Graduate Record Exam (GRE): Wheeling University Doctor of Physical Therapy Department Code is 7819. Scores will be considered in the admission process.
  4. Three letters of recommendation. Follow instructions on PTCAS regarding required references.
  5. Direct observation of physical therapists working in a variety of settings is recommended. A minimum
    of 80 documented hours verified by a physical therapist is required for application.
  6. Students whose native language is not English are required to submit a TOEFL paper-based score of at least 600, TOEFL computer-based score of at least 250, or a TOEFL web-based score of at least 100.

The Physical Therapy program utilizes a rolling admissions process and applicants will be considered until the class is filled. However, in order to be considered for our on-campus interviews in November, applications must be received and verified by PTCAS by the soft deadline in October annually. 

The Wheeling University Doctor of Physical Therapy program begins in May with a six-week online term consisting of four courses. Classes will begin on campus in late August of each year. Applications will be reviewed on their individual merit. Applicants will be notified in writing of full acceptance into the program, conditional acceptance, placement on a waiting list, or rejection within a month of their interview date.

Immunization Requirements

  • MedProctor: The online portal used to upload health requirements. The University will initiate this process once admitted to the program. (https://wheeling.edu/student-life/student-support-services/health-center/)
  • Pre-Entrance Health Form (pdf)
  • MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) two dose vaccine series AND a titer (blood work) required for each
  • Hepatitis B – three dose vaccine series AND a titer (blood work) required
  • Varicella – two dose vaccine series or documentation of the disease AND a titer (blood work), regardless of having had the disease or vaccine series, required
  • Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis), one dose – Important note: A Tdap vaccine is only good for ten years
  • Polio – three dose vaccine series required
  • Meningococcal – This vaccine is strongly recommended. Visit the Center of Disease Control website (www.cdc.gov) to read the VIS for MCV4. If choose not to receive this vaccine, the WU Meningococcal Release must be signed
  • Two-Step TST (tuberculin skin test) required
  • Annual physical required
  • Current Health Insurance required throughout tenure in the program

Tuition and Fees

First Term Online – Summer$2,768.00first term total
    Summer Tuition$2,508.00
    Technology Fee$130.00
Tuition$14,476.00per term for 7 terms
Part Time Rate$830.00per credit
New Student Fee$130.00first non summer term
Technology Fee$130.00per term
DPT science lab$330.00terms 2, 3, 5, 6, and 7
Audit$212.00per course
Health Fee$80.00per term
ID Card$35.00first non summer term
Parking Fee$80.00per semester (fall and spring)
Graduation Fee (Degree Certification Fee)$265.00per occurrence

Course Repeat policy

Because the Doctor of Physical Therapy program is offered in a cohort-based format and courses are only offered one time each year, it is not possible to repeat a course and remain with the current cohort. 

Course withdrawal policy

Course withdrawal forms may be found online from the Registrar’s Office of the University (https://wheeling.edu/academics/regisrars-office/forms/).  Because of the cohort format of the program it is usually not possible to continue in the program if courses are not completed in the prescribed order. 

Program withdrawal policy

Program withdrawal forms may be found on the Registrar’s Office website (https://wheeling.edu/academics/regisrars-office/forms/).  It is customary to complete an exit interview with the Doctor of Physical Therapy program director before leaving the University.

Graduation Requirements 

Satisfactory completion of all Doctor of Physical Therapy program courses, including Clinical Education courses, and a cumulative physical therapy grade point average of at least 3.0 are required for graduation. The Business Office must clear all bills before a diploma will be released. Students must file an “Application for Graduation” with the Registrar’s Office. “Application for Graduation” forms are available online through Academus.

Graduating with Honors 

Students who earn an academic cumulative GPA of 3.8 or higher will graduate from the Wheeling University Doctor of Physical Therapy program with honors.  Students earning this achievement will be identified in the Pinning Ceremony and Graduation programs.  The academic cumulative GPA includes all didactic courses from Term I through Term VIII and excludes the Clinical Education I, II, III, and IV courses.

Grades 

The course grade attached to each assignment, examination, or other graded activity is documented in the course syllabus and on the examinations. Deductions for late submission of assignments and other announced penalties will be used in the calculation of the total grade. Grades are based on raw scores. Departmental and University policy prohibits the curving of grades.

The course grading scale is:

         Grade    Percentage       GPA points

A 94-100 4.0

A- 90-93 3.7

B+ 87-89 3.3

B 84-86 3.0

B- 80-83 2.7

C+ 77-79 2.3

C 74-76 2.0

F <74 0.0

Curriculum Objectives 

The graduate will be able to: 

  • Practice as a physical therapist in a variety of settings with populations diverse in age, gender, marital status, culture, ethnicity language, psychological, educational, and economic status 
  • Practice collaboratively with other members of the health care team to maximize the potential of the persons and communities which they serve 
  • Communicate nonverbally, orally, and in writing with others in a language and style that is adapted to the audience 
  • Teach health care consumers, providers, and students the essentials of health care including prevention 
  • Participate in the advancement of the profession through service, research, and other scholarly activity in collaboration with peers and colleagues
  • Apply the principles of administration and consultation in a practice environment
  • Participate in the creation of systematic change in health care and other areas that benefit the public welfare by working cooperatively with professional, community, and governmental agencies, colleagues, and the public
  • Participate in a planned program for personal and professional growth

Description of Curriculum 

All courses are centered around the clinical case/ problem which is introduced in the Clinical Science courses. The group determines what needs to be known in order to diagnose and treat this clinical case with the facilitation of the faculty tutor. Students discuss what they currently know that applies to this case and what new material must be discovered following a list of case objectives and establishing an application to the Patient/Client Management Model. During the Basic Science courses that meet for five hours per week, the faculty guide the students to refine their learning in the foundation sciences of anatomy, neuroanatomy, kinesiology, pathology, histology, embryology, and pharmacology. This information is then processed in the Physical Therapy Science course that meets two times per week for two-and-a-half hours with hands-on, practical experiences guided by the faculty. The Physical Therapy Science course is the laboratory equivalent in traditional learning. Additional material involved in the case is discussed in the Integrated Seminars. In the Professional Issues courses, students investigate their roles as professionals and the different aspects of professional conduct, and prepare for the clinical education experiences. The Research & Evidence-Based Practice courses introduce students to the American Physical Therapy Association vision of training the next generation of Physical Therapy professionals in the Scientist-Practitioner model.  Students will learn the basics of evidence-based practice, designing a research project, hypothesis writing, and the basics of statistical tests in order to interpret research results. This course will culminate with an oral defense and a Capstone in the form of an open platform presentation.

Term I is an online preparatory program of four courses lasting six weeks. During Terms II and III, students participate in service-learning courses in the local community with the faculty. During Term IV, students may participate in a regional service-learning experience in West Virginia.  During Term VI, students may participate in an international service-learning experience. The five additional terms consist of didactic coursework and clinical education experiences. 

The completion of a research Capstone project is required from each student. The process begins in Term II in the Research & Evidence-Based Practice course. In Terms III through VII, students progress from proposal approval to data collection and analysis. The final Capstone project is completed and presented at the end of Term VII as a platform presentation. 

As the terms progress, more complex and advanced material is added. Different clinical cases assist the students in learning the breadth and depth of information needed to be a competent entry-level physical therapist professional.

Term I (Summer Online Courses)

DPT 601-80

Basic Science I

2 cr

Medical Terminology
This six-week intensive online course investigates medical specialties and body systems as facilitated by the study of medical terminology.

DPT 602-80

Clinical Science I

1 cr

The curriculum in the Department of Physical Therapy is based on the Problem-Based Learning philosophy of learning. The Doctor of Physical Therapy program utilizes an integrated approach in which all learning is driven by the patient/client cases.  The core of this type of learning is the tutorial process.  In this online course, the theoretical basis of this style of learning, including the assumptions that underlie the process, will be investigated.  The process and the roles that individuals take in professional discussion will be explained.  Group dynamics will also be discussed.

DPT 603-80

Physical Therapy Science I

2 cr

This course is designed to allow the student to bring forward anatomy knowledge previously learned in prerequisite coursework and to apply it to the practice of physical therapy.  This will be accomplished through six weekly online modules that will guide the student through the basics of anatomical surface palpation of bony structures, muscles, their actions, and attachments.  These tasks and principles will be applied to the trunk and extremities using another person on whom to practice.  Competence will be evaluated through the use of quizzes, assignments, and comprehensive multiple-choice midterm and final examinations.

DPT 604-80

Professional Issues I

1 cr

Introduction to the Profession of Physical Therapy
This course will define and describe professionalism as it applies to the profession of physical therapy.  It will provide the student with the expectation of what a graduate of our physical therapy program should demonstrate with respect to professionalism in their daily practice as a physical therapist.  In addition, a working knowledge of the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice and specific resources relating to professionalism, available through the American Physical Therapy Association’s web page, will be presented.

Term II (Fall)

DPT 611

Basic Science II

5 cr

This course guides students to study structures and functions of the body in healthy and impaired states; the impact of health care evaluations and interventions on structures and functions of the human body. This course includes study of bones, joints, muscles, peripheral nerves, connective tissues, body composition, circulation and energy management, related biomechanics of the body and posture in static and ambulation, principles of exercise prescription for general health, fitness, and in disease states. Topics are integrated closely with client cases introduced in Clinical Science II. This course uses the Problem-Based Learning approach, and students will be encouraged to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as begin to develop the ability to use scientific literature to discuss evidence-based approaches in the relevant topics.

DPT 612

Clinical Science II

5 cr

Problem-Based tutorial using the Patient/Client Management Model as a basis to explore the application of physical therapy for a variety of pathologies, impairments, and functional limitations and participation restrictions. Emphasis on the foundations of normal movement, categories of interference with normal movement, and application of principles of evidence-based practice of physical therapy in the evaluation and treatment of specific conditions resulting in the impairment of body structures or functions, activity limitations, participation restrictions, or disabilities are explored. The instructor will guide the student in the acquisition of professional behaviors and facilitate clinical reasoning and decision-making.

DPT 613

Physical Therapy Science II

5 cr

This course is a Problem-Based course using the Patient/Client Management Model and the Normative Model as bases to explore the application of physical therapy for a variety of pathologies, impairments, and functional limitations.  Orientation to basic physical therapy assessment and treatment procedures will be utilized in individual and small group activities, which include the learning of qualitative (e.g. observation, palpation.) and quantitative (measurement) tools necessary for clinical practice.  The activities will be closely related to the patient/client cases presented in Clinical Science II.

DPT 615

Integrated Seminar I

1 cr

Lecture and group discussions on the information presented in the term as it relates to the patient/client management of the cases presented in Clinical Science II and the practice of physical therapy. Pass/Fail.

DPT 616

Research & Evidence-Based Practice I

2.5 cr

This course presents the role of research in development and critical analysis of physical therapy practice through introducing the American Physical Therapy Association vision on training the next generation of Physical Therapy profession in the Scientist-Practitioner model. In this course, the philosophy behind the scientific and clinical research including causation, and the pillars of Evidence-Based Practice, their importance for future practitioners and their application as it relates to Physical Therapy practice are emphasized. This course also introduces overall organization and elements of a clinical research project, principles of hypothesis writing, and basic statistical and epidemiological concepts. It also provides an opportunity to practice data entry and running descriptive statistics in SPSS. Components of the class are directed self-reading of documented research, understanding good research design, research variables, basics of descriptive analysis, and computing them on SPSS. Students will be directed to work with a faculty member to develop their research topic and write “Chapter 1-Intorduction” of their research project.

DPT 617

Service Learning I

1 cr

This course will provide physical therapy students with the opportunity to evaluate and serve the needs of the local community utilizing basic examination and treatment skills under faculty supervision. The students will evaluate their role as health professionals and as citizens to promote positive change within their community. Pass/Fail.

DPT 618

Professional Issues II

1 cr

This is the second course in the thread of Professional Issues. This course will focus on American Physical Therapy Association issues (Core Values, Code of Ethics, and life-long membership), professionalism matters (technology, health care informatics, social media, professional responsibilities, ethics, professional relationships, verbal/nonverbal/written communication, life-long learning), clinical education topics (clinical settings and what to expect, clinical education experience expectations, CPR/First Aid/Emergency Codes/Safety, HIPAA/standard precautions, database training), and clinical performance areas (generational differences, teaching and learning for patients and as a clinical instructor, teaching and learning styles related to conflict management, communication with various stakeholders, leadership).

Term III (Spring)

DPT 621

Basic Science III

5 cr

This course is a study of the structures and functions of the body’s systems in healthy and impaired states which is guided by the course instructor. Additionally, the impact of health care evaluations and interventions on structures and functions of the body will be discovered while incorporating the Evidence-Based Practice model. In this course, students will be encouraged to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as begin to develop the ability to use scientific literature to discuss evidence-based approaches in the relevant topics. Topics are integrated closely with patient/client case scenarios in Clinical Science III.

DPT 622

Clinical Science III

5 cr

Problem-Based tutorial using the Patient/Client Management Model as a basis to explore the application of physical therapy for a variety of pathologies, impairments, functional limitations, and participation restrictions.  Emphasis on the foundations of normal movement, categories of interference with normal movement, and application of principles of evidence-based practice of physical therapy in the evaluation and treatment of specific conditions resulting in the impairment of body structures or functions, activity limitations, participation restriction, or disabilities are explored. The instructors will facilitate clinical reasoning and decision-making to guide the student in the acquisition of clinical reasoning.

DPT 623

Physical Therapy Science III

5 cr

Practical experiences in evaluation and intervention strategies for selected impairments in movement. Topics are related closely to patient/client cases presented in Clinical Science III.

DPT 625

Integrated Seminar II

1 cr

A variety of topics, reviews, podcasts, speakers as available, and labs that will address case and semester relevant information and issues as pertain to the content of this term’s courses. Pass/Fail.

DPT 626

Research & Evidence-Based Practice II

2.5 cr

This course provides students with the opportunity to develop the methods section (Chapter 3) of their research project with the guidance of the research advisors. Relevant contents like sampling methods and participants selection, reliability, validity, and threats to research will be discussed. In this course, students will also be introduced to the process of paper appraisal/research critique, ethical issues in clinical research and human subject protection, components of consent form, and Institutional Review Board process. Students are required to complete Institutional Review Board training modules, and ultimately submit completed research methods and the proposal (combining Chapters 1 and 3) to the Institutional Review Board.

DPT 627

Service Learning II

1 cr

This course will provide physical therapy students with the opportunity to evaluate and serve the needs of the local community utilizing basic examination and treatment skills under faculty supervision. The students will evaluate their role as health professionals and as citizens to promote positive change within their community.  Pass/Fail.

DPT 630

Professional Issues III

1 cr

This is the third course in the thread of Professional Issues. This course will focus on legal practice issues (direct access, state practice acts, supervision guidelines in the clinic as a student physical therapist, documentation in the clinic as a student physical therapist, billing considerations, fraud and abuse, working with a physical therapist assistant and other physical therapy personnel), professionalism matters (mission of the university, program, and profession, World Physical Therapy Day, advocating for the profession through participation in professional, community, legislative activities, state and national association membership and leadership, professional conferences), clinical education experience topics (preparation for clinical education experiences, professional flow chart, professional portfolio, professionalism in the clinic, clinical education experiences focus group meeting), and clinical performance areas (using American Physical Therapy Association resources in the clinic as a student physical therapist, clinical performance tool use in the clinic, minimum skills required for entry-level clinical practice, residency and fellowship, board-certified specializations, and professional certifications).

Term IV (Summer)

DPT 637-01/02

Service Learning III

1 cr

Students will accompany faculty to community organizations, which have need for services from our department. These arrangements are mutually beneficial to the community and to the educational goals of our academic program. Students will gain basic communication, screening, examination, treatment, and documentation skills. Pass/Fail. (Regional Experience)

  • 637-01 – Appalachia Public Health
    This course will provide physical therapy students with the opportunity to observe, understand, and serve the needs of the Appalachian community utilizing their skills in public health education.    The students will evaluate their role as health professionals and as citizens to promote positive change within their community. 
  • 637-02 – Camp Gizmo
    This course will provide students with the opportunity to evaluate and serve the needs of the regional community utilizing basic examination and treatment skills, team meetings, and project completion under faculty supervision.    The students will evaluate their role as health professionals and as citizens to promote positive change within their community.  Patients will have the right to consent to treatment which includes student participation.  If the patient requests that students not be present for their physical therapy session, this will be honored.

DPT 638

Clinical Education I

6 cr

Supervised clinical practice of physical therapy skills learned in the preceding terms.  (eight weeks – three hundred twenty hours)

Term V (Fall)

DPT 631

Basic Science IV

5 cr

Study of structures and functions of the body in healthy and impaired states, the impact of health care evaluations and interventions on structures and functions.  Includes study of basic physiology and pathology of the nervous system.  Topics are integrated closely with patient/client cases in Clinical Science IV.

DPT 632

Clinical Science IV

5 cr

Problem-Based tutorial includes the study of patient/client cases illustrating an increasingly complex variety of causes and manifestations of movement dysfunction. Cases incorporate an array of ethical, social, psychological, communication, and economic issues.

DPT 633

Physical Therapy Science IV

5 cr

Laboratory experience in patient management and intervention strategies for selected impairments in movement.  Topics related closely to patient/client cases presented in Clinical Science IV.

DPT 634-80

Professional Issues IV

2.5 cr

The course introduces the student to the historical development, structure, operation, and major components of the American health care delivery system and the federal laws that influence the practice of physical therapy. The course examines the ways in which health care services have developed, are organized and delivered, the influences that impact healthcare delivery decisions, and factors that determine the allocation of healthcare resources. The course provides the student with a basic understanding of the structure and function of the system in which they will work as a licensed health care provider, enabling them to work as an effective team member.

DPT 635

Integrated Seminar III

1 cr

Lecture and group discussions on the information presented in the term as it relates to the patient/client management of the cases presented in Clinical Science IV and the practice of physical therapy. Pass/Fail.

DPT 636-80

Research & Evidence-Based Practice III

1 cr

This course is a continuation of the research track that builds up the scientific search methods, critical evaluation of the literature, and the skills of summarizing literature into a scientific writing. Primary goal of this course is the completion of Chapter 2 (Review of Literature). Students are also required to update Chapter 3 (Methods and Materials) that is proposed in Term III, if any changes are necessary. It requires the students to finalize the methods and procedure for collecting data that will be gathered in Research & Evidence Based Practice IV as continues in Term V. Additionally, students are required to complete necessary paperwork to submit a full proposal to the Institutional Review Board for approval, if not already approved. Students are also provided with the knowledge of ethical aspects of performing research on human subjects through Institutional Review Board training modules. A final version of Chapters 1-3 (Introduction, Review of Literature, and Methods) of the research project and the completed Institutional Review Board application paperwork will be submitted to the faculty research advisor. 

DPT 640

Research & Evidence-Based Practice IV

1 cr

This hybrid course is a continuation of the research track. In this term, students are required to finalize the tools that will be needed, and to initiate data collection of the research project. This course will provide the required knowledge to manage the collected data, and guidance on the relevant data analysis process. Students will be guided on how to interpret their findings and formulate it in the Results section. At the end, the course will be culminated by submitting a written status of the research plan and timeline for completion of the research due to the research advisor. 

Term VI (Spring)

DPT 641

Basic Science V

3 cr

Study of structures and functions of the body in healthy and impaired states, the impact of health care evaluations, and interventions on structures and functions.  Includes study of complex pathologic conditions.  Topics are integrated closely with patient/client cases in Clinical Science V.

DPT 642

Clinical Science V

3 cr

Problem-Based tutorial includes the study of patient/client cases illustrating multiple simultaneous and sequential causes and manifestations of movement dysfunction.  Cases incorporate an array of ethical, social, psychological, communication, and economic issues.

DPT 643

Physical Therapy Science V

3 cr

Laboratory experiences in evaluation and intervention strategies for selected impairments in movement. Topics are related closely to patient/client cases presented in Clinical Science V.

DPT 644-80

Professional Issues V

1.5 cr

Emphasis of this course is on legal and ethical issues that influence the practice of physical therapy, cultural competence, and leadership.  The student will learn the common federal laws that influence the practice of physical therapy and gain a basic understanding of the various aspects of being a professional (e.g. by adhering to rules and regulations, and being culturally aware).  In addition, the student will develop a marketing plan to aid in their professional development and career planning.  Orientation to health care marketing and strategic planning will be covered.

DPT 645

Integrated Seminar IV

1 cr

Material is presented to integrate and clarify information for each case during the term. The material is presented by faculty or by guest speakers to assist the students in comprehension of specific concepts. Pass/Fail.

DPT 650

Research & Evidence-Based Practice V

1 cr

In this course students will complete data collection and data analysis.  They will start constructing their Results section based on the data analysis of their research project. At the end, the course will be culminated by submitting a written draft of the Results chapter due to the research advisor. 

DPT 657-01/02/03

Service Learning IV

2 cr

This course will provide physical therapy students with the opportunity to evaluate and serve the needs of an international community utilizing basic examination and treatment skills under faculty supervision. The students will evaluate their role as a global citizen, as well as a health professional and develop an appreciation for the cultural practices of people in Central or South America. Pass/Fail. (International Experience)

DPT 658

Clinical Education II

6 cr

Supervised clinical practice of physical therapy skills learned in the preceding terms. (eight weeks – three hundred twenty hours) 

Term VII (Summer)

DPT 651

Basic Science VI

3 cr

Study of structures and functions of the body in healthy and impaired states, the impact of health care evaluations, and interventions on structures and functions.  Includes study of complex pathologic conditions.  Topics are integrated closely with patient/client cases in Clinical Science VI.

DPT 652

Clinical Science VI

3 cr

Problem-Based tutorial includes the study of patient/client cases illustrating multiple simultaneous and sequential causes and manifestations of movement dysfunction. Cases incorporate an array of ethical, social, psychological, communication, and economic issues.

DPT 653

Physical Therapy Science VI

3 cr

Laboratory experiences in evaluation and intervention strategies for selected impairments in movement. Topics are related closely to patient/client cases presented in Clinical Science VI.

DPT 654

Professional Issues VI

1.5 cr

Orientation to health care organizations including the personnel function, management of physical facilities, quality assurance and risk management, budgeting, marketing, and planning. Discussion, small group projects and presentations of projects are used to promote learning. Independent individual projects completed during the term are presented in written format.

DPT 655

Integrated Seminar V

1 cr

The primary goal of this course is to prepare students for the comprehensive exams; eventually for the NPTE Board exam. This is a crash course providing students with the opportunity to self-evaluate their knowledge of each body systems through the BaseCamp platform from Scorebuilders. By doing this self-evaluation, students will improve their comprehensive testing skills and synthesize an appropriate study plan to prepare for the Board exam. Additional topic of ImPACT test related to the Clinical Science VI case scenario will also be covered by a guest lecturer. Pass/Fail

DPT 660-80

Research & Evidence-Based Practice VI

1 cr

In this course students will complete the Results and Conclusion sections, and will compile all chapters into a completed final version of their research project. They will also design, present, and defend a professional poster, which will include the Results section and Conclusion of their research project and the clinical implications of the entire study. This course will culminate with an oral defense and a Capstone in the form of an open platform presentation. A final paper prepared as a manuscript ready for publication and a poster is required to be submitted to the research advisor. 

Students are required to choose a suitable forum for submission of their paper and follow the guidelines for submission for that publication

Term VIII (Fall)

DPT 668a

Clinical Education III

8 cr

Supervised clinical practice of physical therapy skills learned during the preceding terms. (ten weeks – four hundred hours) 

DPT 668b

Clinical Education IV

8 cr

Supervised clinical practice of physical therapy skills learned during the preceding terms. (ten weeks – four hundred hours)

DPT 675

NPTE Board Review Course

3 cr

This course is a six-week online review course designed to help students prepare for the National Physical Therapy Examination.  This course will cover test strategies, as well as key topics related to Examination, Evaluation, Differential Diagnosis, Prognosis, and Interventions.