DPT Recommended Courses
A number of courses are determined to be good preparation for certain components of the PT graduate program and therefore are recommended if they fit into the applicants preparation: Microbiology or Infectious Disease, Medical Terminology, Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology, Basic Motor Learning, upper level Anatomy, Neuroscience, Pathophysiology, Abnormal Psychology, Physiological Psychology, Developmental Psychology.
Expected Graduate Outcomes (Student Learner Outcomes)
Upon completion of the prescribed curriculum, graduates will be expected to enter the profession at a level consistent with initial practice of the profession of physical therapy and be able to accommodate to the ever changing health-care environment.
Goals for the DPT Program are to:
- Prepare entry-level physical therapy students to become movement specialists and primary care leaders in health and wellness who care for diverse populations.
- Advance the profession of physical therapy through scientific inquiry, evidence-based practice, and scholarly activities among students, alumni, and faculty.
- Cultivate compassionate and caring physical therapists who exhibit strong leadership qualities, empowering them to transform the physical therapy profession.
The curriculum prepares students to meet these program goals through Learning Outcomes. Students will be able to:
- effectively apply the Patient Client Management Model in their practice, demonstrating comprehensive patient assessment, evidence-based intervention selection, and ongoing evaluation.
- demonstrate the ability to effectively apply evidence-based practice principles and clinical reasoning to guide decision-making in physical therapy practice.
- demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of professional issues, ethics, and core values relevant to the field of physical therapy.
- demonstrate leadership qualities through participation in service, professional development, and collaborative practice.