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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.

Graduate Professional 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
General Education Humanities Discipline Requirement

Second Undergraduate Year

General Biology I, II
General Biology Lab I, II
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Communication
Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirements
General Education Humanities Discipline Requirement
General Education Elective

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
Introductory Physics I, II
Introduction to Biostatistics
Scientific Writing
Basic Nutrition
Cognitive Psychology

Summer, First Professional Year

Human Anatomy

First Professional Year

Introduction to Interprofessional Education
Physical Therapy Examination
Kinesiology and Biomechanics I, II
Exercise Physiology
Pro Bono Experience I, II
Pathophysiology I, II
Physical Therapy Interventions I, II
Medical Ethics
Physical Therapy Issue II: Health Promotion and Wellness Across the Lifespan
Research Methods

Second Professional Year

Issues in Physical Therapy III: Psychosocial Aspects of Disability and Illness
Geriatric Physical Therapy
Neuromuscular Physical Therapy I, II
Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy I, II
Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy I, II
Clinical Decision Making
Pro Bono Experience III, IV
Clinical Education I
Differential Diagnosis
Examination and Intervention of Integument
Issues in Physical Therapy IV: Using Evidence-Based Practice


Clinical Education II, III

Third Professional Year

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