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Physical Therapy Curriculum

During your first three years, you complete coursework in the natural and physical sciences, humanities and social sciences. Your physical therapy experience starts early, with participation in the weekly Physical Therapy Orientation sequence that introduces you to the profession.

Post-baccalaureate students begin in the First Professional Year.

The following is a typical curriculum for students entering University of the Sciences in Fall 2015; other students should refer to their adviser for their curricula.

First Undergraduate Year

General Chemistry I, II
General Chemistry Lab I, II
Seminar for Health Science
Physical Education I, II
Introduction to Sociology
Writing and Rhetoric I, II
Health Sciences Orientation II
Humanities Discipline Requirement

Second Undergraduate Year

General Biology I, II
Introduction to Psychology
Multidisciplinary Inquiry (6 credits)
Introduction to Communication
Introductory Physics I, II
General Education Elective
Humanities Discipline Requirement

Third Undergraduate Year

Anatomy and Physiology I, II
Human Structure and Function Lab I, II (recommended)
Psychology of Human Development
Medical Terminology for Physical Therapy I, II
Scientific Writing
Basic Nutrition
Cognitive Psychology
Introduction to Biostatistics


Human Anatomy

First Professional Year

Physical Therapy Examination
Medical Ethics
Kinesiology and Biomechanics I, II
PT Issues II: Health Promotion and Wellness Across the Life Span
Psychosocial Aspects of Disability and Illness
Pathophysiology I, II
Physical Therapy Interventions I, II
Exercise Physiology
Research Methods
Introduction to Interprofessional Education

Second Professional Year

Geriatric Physical Therapy
Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy I, II
Neuromuscular Physical Therapy I, II
Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy I, II
Clinical Decision Making
Clinical Education I
Differential Diagnosis
Examination and Intervention of Integument
Evidence-Based Practice


Clinical Education II, III

Third Professional Year

Neuromuscular Physical Therapy III
Pediatric Physical Therapy
Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy III
Health and Business Policy
Issues in PT IV: Management of the Complex Patient
Clinical Education IV A, B
Independent Study in Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy Examination & Intervention of Specific Systems
Leadership in Physical Therapy
Seminar in Contemporary Physical Therapy Practice

Additional general education courses will be required as part of the program.

Students have the opportunity to take independent study courses throughout the curriculum which enable them to participate in faculty research.

For detailed course descriptions and other information about the DPT curriculum, see the University Catalog.

University Catalog
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