Physical Therapy

DPT Curriculum

Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Curricular Philosophy

Physical therapy is an integral component of health care, and a profession that promotes health and optimal function across the life span.   Using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health enablement (ICFDH) and Patient/Client Management models as the theoretical bases of care, the physical therapist relates therapeutic activities to body functions and structures, while considering the context of individual differences, culture, social setting, psychological influences, and economic constraints.  Focus of care includes attention to ‘best practice’ examination and interventions as well as prevention, health promotion and wellness activities.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program curriculum is based on a liberal studies foundation.  A professional entry-level education in Doctor of Physical Therapy includes gaining a unique body of knowledge and skills, including; the application, analysis and integration of theories and therapeutic principles;  the ability to teach, interact and communicate effectively; the use of evidence to support practice decisions; the ability to function effectively as a member of a team; the ability to solve complex problems and to use discriminatory critical thinking, and the capability to participate in quality improvement activities and appropriately utilize infomatics. 

DPT Lab Work 02The faculty believes that the development of professional integrity, values and behaviors is an essential element of clinical preparation.  Therefore, emphasis is placed on social responsibility, ethical behavior, professional behavior and professionalism throughout the program.

Throughout, the curriculum integrates theoretical and practical knowledge and develops critical thinking skills required to respond to trends or changes in physical therapy practice, especially within a culturally diverse, urban health care context.   In addition to the core behavioral and clinical sciences, elective courses enable students to explore areas of special interest.

The faculty expects that students will enter the professional program as adult learners with unique characteristics, life experiences, interests and learning styles.  Therefore, the Program promotes teaching methods that encourage students to be self-directed individuals, active learners and to take responsibility for their own education. Graduates are expected to be reflective practitioners and leaders, as well as to demonstrate their ongoing commitment to the physical therapy profession through the continued professional development and pursuit of life-long learning activities.

 

Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Curricular Outcome Objectives

Upon completion of the program, graduates will practice physical therapy in a variety of settings, in order to promote optimum health across the life span and will:

  1. Apply the ICFDH and Patient/Client Management Models in the delivery of physical therapy services.
  2. Integrate biological, physical, ethical, social an psychological principles and theories to assist others to optimize their capacity to function within the environment.
  3. Use interaction and communication skills in all professional relationships.
  4. Use critical thinking and discriminatory judgment when making decisions in the practice of physical therapy.
  5. Value and continuously develop the existing and evolving roles of the physical therapist as a teacher, researcher, consultant, administrator, and advocate.
  6. Practice in a reflective fashion and pursue ongoing professional development and life-long learning experiences.
  7. Demonstrate a sense of responsibility in regards to contemporary health issues and participate in activities that advance physical therapy and serve the community.

 

DPT Lab Work 01Curricular Themes:  The CSU DPT Program emphasizes physical therapy service delivery within a culturally diverse, urban context:

  1. Patient centered care (using ICFDH & Patient Management models)
  2. Life span perspective
  3. Ethical behavior, professional behavior, professionalism (core & program values)
  4. Cultural competency
  5. Effective interactions/communication, including teaching skills
  6. Evidence based practice
  7. Health promotion, prevention & wellness
  8. Professional development & life long learning

 

 

DPT Curriculum Table

 

Spring 

Summer 

Fall 

DPT 1

HSC 575 Gross Anat. (3 cr.)
HSC 557 Gross Anat. Lab (3cr.)
DPT 6XX Anat. Bridge (1 cr.)
DPT 642 Funct. Anat. (3 cr.)
DPT 650 Theory & Pract. I (3 cr.)
DPT 692 Scientific Inquiry (2 cr.)
DPT 6XX Clinical Seminar (1 cr.)
DPT 607 Pharmacotherapeutics (2 cr.)*
 

Total: 12-18 semester hours

DPT 6XX Basic Prof. Interactions (2 cr.)
DPT 6XX Pathology for PTs (4 cr.)
DPT 638 Life Span Development (3 cr.)
DPT 652 Theory & Pract. II (3 cr.)
DPT 6XX Clinical Seminar (1 cr.)
DPT 607 Pharmacotherapeutics (2 cr.)*
 

Total: 13-15 semester hours

DPT 666 Documentation I (1 cr.)
DPT 6XX Clinical Seminar III (1 cr.)
DPT 672 Comp. Cond. I (3 cr.)
DPT 774 Comp. Cond. IV (3 cr.)
DPT 756 Theory & Pract. IV (3 cr.)
DPT 6XX Funct. Neuroscience (4 cr.)
 

Total: 15 semester hours

DPT 2

DPT 674 Comp. Cond. II (3 cr.)
DPT 6XX Teaching & Learning (2 cr.)
DPT 772 Comp. Cond. III (3 cr.)
DPT 790 Admin. & Mngmt I (2 cr.)
DPT 654 Theory & Pract. III (3 cr.)
DPT 6XX Clinical Seminar IV (1 cr.)
DPT 6XX Documentation II (1 cr.)
HSC 560 Interdiscip. Team (1cr.)
 

Total 16 credit hours

DPT 6XX Clinical Integration (1 cr.)
DPT 686 Applied PT I (5 cr.)
**8 wks. full time clinical practice
 

Total: 6 credit hours

DPT 758 Theory & Pract. V (3 cr.)
DPT 776 Comp. Cond. V (3 cr.)
DPT 778 Comp. Cond. VI (3 cr.)
DPT 7XX Adv. Interactions (1 cr.)
DPT 7XX Clinical Seminar V (1 cr.)
DPT 793 Admin. & Mngmt II (2 cr.)
HSC 5XX Interdiscip. Team II (1 cr.)
 

Total: 14 credit hours

DPT 3

DPT 786 Applied PT II (5 cr.)
**8 wks. full time clinical practice
 
DPT 788 Applied PT III (5 cr.)
**8 wks. full time clinical practice

Total: 10 credit hours

DPT 872 Comp. Cond. VII (3 cr.)
DPT 8XX Clinical Seminar VI (1 cr.)
DPT 895 Admin. & Mngmt III (2 cr.)
Electives (2-5cr.)***

Total: 8-11 credit hours

DPT 890 Comp Exam (1 credit)
DPT 886 Applied PT IV (5 credits)
**8 wks. full time clinical practice
 
DPT 888 Applied PT V (5 credits)
**7 wks. full time clinical practice

Total: 11 credit hours

 

*DPT 607 recommended in spring for students who have Gross Anatomy waived and in the summer for students who take Gross Anatomy in the Spring

*** Student must also complete 5 credits of electives during the Program

 
DPT 598 Independent Study (variable credit). Available to students who wish to assist faculty with research
Total Credits of DPT Program = 
                                              113 Credits
 

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