Physical Therapy (DPT) - Curriculum & Duration

During your first three undergraduate years, you complete coursework in the natural and physical sciences, humanities, and social sciences. These courses provide a solid foundation in clinical reasoning, communication, and writing.

Post-baccalaureate students begin in the First Professional Year.

The following is an example curriculum.  The University of the Sciences enhances the DPT program yearly to reflect changes in the science of  physical therapy therefore this is only a sample curriculum which may slightly change when you enroll in our program.  

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
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
Psychology of Human Development
Medical Terminology for Physical Therapy I, II
Scientific Writing
Basic Nutrition
Cognitive Psychology
Introduction to Biostatistics

Summer, First Professional Year

Human Anatomy

First Professional Year

Physical Therapy Examination
Medical Ethics
Kinesiology and Biomechanics I, II
Health Promotion and Wellness Across the Lifespan
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
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.