Curriculum

Coursework to Earn Your DPT

Read DPT course descriptions in the online catalog

Read Essential Functions for the SAU DPT Program

Year One

FallSpring
DPT 500 Human Gross Anatomy, 5 credits DPT 520 Pathology and Medical Management I, 3 credits
DPT 515 Professional Seminar, 0 credits DPT 540 Neuroanatomy/Neurophysiology, 5 credits
DPT 530 Kinesiology/Biomechanics, 5 credits DPT 570 Physical Agents, 4 credits
DPT 531 Functional Anatomy, 1 credit DPT 580 Clinical Education1, 2 credits
DPT 550 Introduction to PT, 3 credits DPT 581 Clinical Education, 0 credits
DPT 560 Physical Therapy Procedures I, 3 credits DPT 635 Clinical Exercise Physiology, 3 credits
DPT 650 Evidence Based Practice I, 3 credits
TOTAL – 17 credits TOTAL – 20 credits

Year One Summer2

Summer courses are held over six weeks from the end of May through June. DPT 582 is a three-week clinical held after the rest of the courses.

DPT 525 Pathology and Medical Management II, 2 credits
DPT 582 Clinical Education, 3 credits
DPT 590 Pharmacology and Rehabilitation, 1 credit
DPT 645 Pediatric Therapeutics, 2 credits
DPT 700 Evidence Based Practice II, 1 credit
DPT 800 Applied Anatomy and Physiology, 2 credits
TOTAL – 11 credits

Year Two

FallSpring
DPT 600 Issues in Patient Care, 3 credits DPT 660 Professional Practice in Healthcare, 3 credits
DPT 620 Musculoskeletal Therapeutics I, 5 credits DPT 670 Orthotics and Prosthetics, 3 credits
DPT 630 Neuromuscular Therapeutics, 3 credits DPT 674 Integumentary Therapeutics, 1 credit
DPT 680 Clinical Education3, 2 credits DPT 715 Evidence Based Practice IV, 1 credit
DPT 710 Evidence Based Practice III, 1 credit DPT 720 Musculoskeletal Therapeutics II, 3 credits
DPT 810 Advanced Diagnostics I, 2 credits DPT 760 Physical Therapy Procedures II, 3 credits
DPT 640 Cardiopulmonary Therapeutics, 3 credits DPT 780 Clinical Education4, 2 credits
DPT 820 Differential Diagnosis, 2 credits
TOTAL – 21 credits TOTAL – 18 credits

Year Two Summer

DPT 781 Clinical Education, 8 credits
DPT 830 Management of the Medically Complex Patient5, 1 credit
TOTAL – 9 credits

Year Three

Fall
DPT 782 Clinical Education6, 8 credits
DPT 784 Clinical Education, 10 credits
DPT 835 Portfolio Project, 0 credits
TOTAL – 18 credits

CREDIT HOURS TOTAL – 114


1 DPT 580 is a 2-week clinical held in early January. Other courses begin in Mid-January.
2 Summer courses are held over six weeks from the end of May through June. DPT 582 is a 3-week clinical held after the rest of the courses.
3 DPT 680 is a 2-week clinical held mid-semester.
4 DPT 780 is a 2-week clinical held mid-semester.
5 DPT 830 is a 1-week course held in May right after spring semester finals week. DPT 781 is an 8-week internship.
6 DPT 782 is an 8-week internship and DPT 784 is a 10-week internship.

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