Bulletin 2021-2022

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Physical Therapy (MS)

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The Department of Physical Therapy offers a Master of Sciences in Physical Therapy aimed at providing students with rich, robust, clinically relevant, and evidence-based learning experiences. Graduates will have a strong understanding of entry-level and advanced clinical services, will utilize evidence-based research relevant to the field, demonstrate leadership skills that impact delivery of high quality care for patients, and develop skills needed to serve as a patient educator, clinical educator, or faculty member. This program is intended to support international clinicians and academicians wishing to gain further experience with a variety of disorders and principles of rehabilitation. This program is not accredited by the Accreditation Council of Physical Therapy Education and does not lead to licensure or certification in the United States. Graduation from this program does not guarantee admission to a Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Students enrolled in this program are not eligible for federal financial aid. Admission to the MSPT program is on a competitive basis. For admissions information, visit the department’s website.

The MSPT program is an in-residence program requiring 30 credit hours. The program runs August to July and is divided into three semesters (Fall, Spring and Summer).

The MSPT program requires the following coursework:

Abbr Course Description Credit Hours
PT 501 Kinesiology/Lab 3
PT 502 Foundational Concepts/Lab 3
PT 503 Therapeutic Modalities/Lab 3
PT 504 Examination Methods 3
PT 505 Prosthetics & Orthotics/Lab 3
PT 506 Orthopedic Science/Lab 3
PT 507 Neurologic Science/Lab 3
PT 508 Therapeutic Exercise/Lab 3
PT 509 Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Science/Lab 3
PT 510 Differential Diagnosis & Assessment/Lab 3
Physical Therapy Administrative Staff (251) 445-9330
Chair Barry Dale
Professors Dale
Associate Professors  
Assistant Professors Burley, Cahanin, Jordan, McDermott, Saale, Warren, White
Emeritus Fell, Gray, Kennedy, Wall

Department of Physical Therapy website

A physical therapist, also called a PT, is a healthcare professional who provides direct patient care to persons who have disorders of movement, mechanical, physiological and developmental impairment and functional limitations, whether caused by injury, disease, or pain to help them achieve maximum physical function and mobility. Physical therapists have the necessary training to meet the total range of primary patient care responsibilities involved in preventing disabilities and promoting restoration of function to the physically impaired, including musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular/pulmonary and integumentary disorders that interfere with physical function. The Physical Therapist performs an examination and then uses clinical reasoning to plan and implement patient-centered PT intervention. Physical Therapists practice in rehabilitation centers, private practices, hospital-based and outpatient-based centers, home health care, sports medicine centers, school systems, and in universities to restore movement and function.

As its mission: The Department of Physical Therapy is:  "Committed to high quality education, promoting and generating scholarship, and engaging in local to global service."