DPT Curriculum


The University of Saint Mary believes in the dignity of each person's capacity to learn, and to relate to and better our diverse world.
 

USM and the university's DPT program are heavily value-driven. As such, the university's and the DPT's core values have a significant role in the development of our curriculum.

 

Faculty members use the core values during class as guideposts to the best delivery of the material. Faculty and student behaviors that are exhibited in each course must be in accordance with our core values.

The DPT mission is consistent with the Normative Model of Physical Therapist Professional Education and the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice in the following ways:

  • The Guide immerses the disablement model within a physical and cultural environment, and work therefore in this realm must be culturally sensitive in order to be effective.

  • By developing our students' God-given potentials we are teaching them and they are learning proper patient-client management, using the preferred physical therapist practice patterns, and employing specific tests used in physical therapist practice.

Building upon the underdeveloped knowledge and skills of our students when they first arrive, the curriculum facilitates and inculcates advanced knowledge and skills, analytical and critical thinking, and lifelong thirst for continued development, which includes a desire to acquire new knowledge about physical therapy. 

 

The areas in which these elements are advanced by the curriculum are congruent with those categories used in the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice.
 

A significant part of the curriculum covers the interventions that physical therapists provide. These are learned by our students in our courses and clinical experiences.

 

Cohort Group Progression Requirement

 

The USM DPT curriculum is designed sequentially so that all courses must be taken in the order and at the time scheduled for each admitted class (cohort group). Hence, we do not drop or add courses. Any exceptions to the cohort progression requirement must stem from unavoidable and extreme personal circumstances, and must be approved by the program director.

 

Overview of DPT Curriculum Sequentially by Semesters


Semester

Course Title

Credit Hrs.

Contact Hrs.

Duration

Summer 1

DPT 610 Concepts in Physical Therapy

2

72

8 Weeks

Summer 1

DPT 611 Research in Physical Therapy I

2

32

8 Weeks

Summer 1

DPT 612 Legal and Ethical Issues in Physical Therapy

2

32

8 Weeks

Summer 1

DPT 613 Human Development, and the Life Cycle

2

32

8 Weeks

Fall 1

DPT 620 Clinical Human Anatomy

4

112

16 Weeks

Fall 1

DPT 621 Surface Anatomy and Examination Techniques

2

64

16 Weeks

Fall 1

DPT 622 Human Imaging in PT Practice I

1

32

16 Weeks

Fall 1

DPT 623 Physical Agents and Mechanical Modalities

3

80

16 Weeks

Fall 1

DPT 624 Acute Care and Therapeutic Exercise

4

112

16 Weeks

Fall 1

DPT 625 Biomechanics and Kinesiology

2

64

16 Weeks

Spring 1

DPT 630 Medical Physiology

3

72

16 Weeks

Spring 1

DPT 631 Clinical Management of the Musculoskeletal System I

5

128

16 Weeks

Spring 1

DPT 632 Neuroanatomy-Neuroscience

3

96

16 Weeks

Spring 1

DPT 633 Human Imaging in PT Practice II

1

32

16 Weeks

Spring 1

DPT 634 Electrotherapeutic Modalities and Clinical Electrophysiology

2

80

16 Weeks

Spring 1

DPT 635 Clinical Human Anatomy Laboratory

2

64

16 Weeks

Summer 2

DPT 710 Motor Control and Motor Learning

2

32

8 Weeks

Summer 2

DPT 711 Clinical Management of the Adult Neurological System

4

72

8 Weeks

Summer 2

DPT 712 Research in Physical Therapy II

2

32

8 Weeks

Fall 2

DPT 720 Exercise Physiology and Nutrition

3

48

8 Weeks

Fall 2

DPT 721 Differential Diagnosis

2

32

8 Weeks

Fall 2

DPT 722 Clinical Management of the Musculoskeletal System II

3

88

8 Weeks

Fall 2

DPT 723 Histology, Pathology / Pathophysiology

3

48

8 Weeks

Fall 2

DPT 724 Medical Lectures

3

48

8 Weeks

Fall 2 (Oct – Dec)

DPT 725 Clinical Internship I  {Clinical}  (2 Weeks = 1 Credit Hour)

4

320

8 Weeks

Spring 2 (Jan – Mar)

DPT 730 Clinical Internship II {Clinical} (2 Weeks = 1 Credit Hour)

4

320

8 Weeks

Spring 2

DPT 731 Clinical Management of the Pediatric and Adolescent Neurological System

3

56

8 Weeks

Spring 2

DPT 732 Clinical Management of the Cardiopulmonary System

3

80

8 Weeks

Spring 2

DPT 733 Critical Integration and Analysis of Patient Care I

2

32

8 Weeks

Spring 2

DPT 734 Medical Pharmacology

3

48

8 Weeks

Spring 2

DPT 812 Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Assistive Technologies

3

48

8 Weeks

Summer 3 (June-July)

DPT 825 Clinical Internship III {Clinical}  (2 Weeks = 1 Credit Hour)

4

320

8 Weeks

Summer 3 (June-July)

DPT 735 Research in Physical Therapy III

1

16

8 Weeks

Fall 3

DPT 813 Healthy Aging and Advanced Topics in Geriatrics

2

32

16 Weeks

Fall 3

DPT 810 Research in Physical Therapy IV

1

16

16 Weeks

Fall 3

DPT 811 Health Care Systems for the Physical Therapist

2

32

16 Weeks

Fall 3

DPT 820 Community Health and Wellness

2

24

16 Weeks

Fall 3

DPT 821 Critical Integration and Analysis of Patient Care II

2

32

16 Weeks

Fall 3

DPT 822 Clinical Management of the Integumentary System

2

32

16 Weeks

Fall 3

DPT 823 The Physical Therapist as Educator

1

16

16 Weeks

Fall 3

DPT 824 Physical Therapy Management and Administration

3

48

16 Weeks

Spring 3

DPT 831 Special Topics
(Complimentary Therapies; Lymphedema Management; Vestibular Rehabilitation; Trigger
Point Therapy and Myofascial Release; Aquatic Rehabilitation)

4

80

8 Weeks

Spring 3

DPT 832 Elective
(1. Sports Medicine or 2. Spinal Mobilization, or 3. Women’s Health)

2

32

8 Weeks

Spring 3

DPT 833 Oral Defense of Research and Presentations

2

80

8 Weeks

Spring 3 (Mar-May)

DPT 830 Clinical Internship IV {Clinical} (2 Weeks = 1 Credit Hour)

4

320

8 Weeks

Spring 3

DPT 834 Comprehensive Examination

1

32

8 Weeks

Spring 3

Graduation Ceremonies

 

 

 

 

 

Nine semesters, 120 weeks, 117 credits, 32 weeks of clinical internship.

Starts in June of first year (planned 2012); ends in May in third year (2015).

Competency exams after completing each year’s work; comprehensive competency exam during last semester.

Oral presentation and defense of research projects occurs during the last semester.



Effective May 2, 2012, the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Saint Mary has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org). Candidacy is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation. Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation.
 
USM DPT Program Student Outcomes 
(As of May 2012)
 
1.      Graduation Rate: The program earned Candidacy in May of 2012.  We will not be able to post a graduation rate until May of 2015, when we anticipate graduating our first class of students.
 
2.      Licensure Examination Pass Rate:  The program earned Candidacy in May of 2012. We will not be able to post a licensure examination pass rate until 2015, when we anticipate receiving that information from the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.
 
3.      Employment Rate:  The program earned Candidacy in May of 2012. We will not be able to post an employment rate until late in 2015, approximately 6 months after graduation.