The curriculum for the clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) program degree is an 8- semester plan of study which incorporates 34 weeks of full time clinical internship. Students enter the program after completing a bachelor’s degree. The students are awarded the MSPT degree after completing 112 credit hours of graduate course work.
The curriculum has been established along three basic educational principles that are instilled in the philosophy and mission of the program.
First, a strong basic science background in the biological, kinesiological and behavioral sciences is established as the foundation upon which the curriculum is developed.
Second, woven throughout all aspects of the curriculum are the underlying principles of logical reasoning and the scientific method. These principles are in the design and content of each course. More, they are exemplified in the faculty’s behavior as role models, and in their incorporation of their research and clinical practice experiences into the classroom setting.
Third, physical therapy is practiced in a collaborative, team model, ensuring a partnership of people working towards a common goal. This principle is instilled in the students throughout the content of the curriculum and is exemplified by the faculty’s collaborative teaching and research efforts.