Doctor of Physical Therapy
Major: Physical Therapy
Degree Awarded: Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 128.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.2308
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 29-1123
About the Program
The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) curriculum produces broadly educated physical therapists, while being sensitive to the needs of the health care community and the students’ interests. The program strives to foster both intellectual and professional growth in students and is reflective of contemporary practice to prepare graduates for the ongoing changes in health care delivery.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program prepares students for autonomous practice in physical therapy. As a science, physical therapy examines human motion at the tissue, organ, and systems levels. In the clinical environment, physical therapists (PTs) examine and evaluate patients/clients and implement procedural interventions that restore physical function for all people across the life span. As essential practitioners in the health care delivery system, PTs assume roles in rehabilitation services, prevention and health maintenance programs, and professional and community programs. As professional members of the health care team, PTs supervise support personnel, serve as consultants to other health care personnel, serve as consultants to families and caregivers, participate in administrative services, and conduct clinical research. PTs also serve as advocates for health policy and standards of care that help ensure optimum care for their patients/clients.
Graduates of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program are prepared to fulfill their professional obligations, provide leadership to the profession, and use their knowledge and skills to contribute to the health care of society.
The 31-month curriculum spans ten academic quarters and consists of integrated didactic and clinical study with an emphasis on adult learning methodology. The curriculum consists of foundational courses during the first year, with subsequent quarters sequenced to progress through the hierarchy of educational objectives from simple to complex. All didactic material is organized for synthesis and application to professional practice.
For more information visit the Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science page on the College of Nursing and Health Professions website.
For application instructions, visit the Drexel's Graduate Admission web page for the Doctor of Physical Therapy.
The DPT curriculum occurs in a 10-week quarter format over ten quarters: fall, winter, spring, and summer I; fall, winter, spring, and summer II; and fall and winter III. Classes begin in late September for first-year students. The curriculum is subject to modification.
|PTRS 530||Kinesiology I||4.0|
|PTRS 534||Physical Therapy Exam & Intervention I||3.0|
|PTRS 532||Human Gross Anatomy I||4.0|
|PTRS 537||Introduction to Clinical Reasoning||3.0|
|PTRS 633||Professional Development||1.0|
|PTRS 613||Clinical Practice I||0.5|
|PTRS 533||Human Gross Anatomy II||3.5|
|PTRS 531||Kinesiology II||3.0|
|PTRS 535||Physical Therapy Exam & Intervention II||3.0|
|PTRS 539||Topics in Pathophysiology I||3.5|
|PTRS 624||Functional Modality||2.5|
|PTRS 614||Clinical Practice II||0.5|
|PTRS 751||Evidence-Based Practice||2.0|
|NEUR 507||Neuroscience I||3.0|
|PTRS 620||Orthopedic Physical Therapy: Upper Extremity||4.0|
|PTRS 623||Physical Agents||4.0|
|PTRS 540||Topics in Pathophysiology II||2.0|
|PTRS 639||Motor Learning||2.5|
|PTRS 615||Clinical Practice III||0.5|
|NEUR 508||Neuroscience II||2.0|
|PTRS 621||Orthopedic Physical Therapy: Lower Extremity||4.0|
|PTRS 627||Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy I||4.0|
|PTRS 641||Neurological Exam and Intervention I||4.0|
|PTRS 646||Orthosis Management||1.5|
|PTRS 616||Clinical Practice IV||0.5|
|PTRS 652||Life Span Development I||3.0|
|PTRS 634||Health Professional Roles||3.0|
|PTRS 644||Wound Care Management||1.5|
|PTRS 645||Prosthesis Management||1.5|
|PTRS 752||Research and Measurement in Physical Therapy||2.0|
|PTRS 774||Clinical Education Seminar||0.5|
|PTRS 775||Clinical Education I||1.0|
|PTRS 622||Orthopedic Physical Therapy: Spine||4.0|
|PTRS 628||Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy II||4.0|
|PTRS 637||Professional Project I||1.0|
|PTRS 642||Neurological Exam and Intervention II||5.0|
|PTRS 656||Motor Control and Rehabilitation||2.0|
|PTRS 776||Clinical Education II||2.0|
|PTRS 610*||Issues in Pharmacotherapy||3.0|
|PTRS 538||Clinical Correlations II||3.0|
|PTRS 632||Pediatric Physical Therapy||5.5|
|PTRS 643||Applied Biomechanics||3.0|
|PTRS 653||Life Span Development II||2.0|
|PTRS 654||Topics in Health Policy & Services||2.0|
|PTRS 753||Evaluation of Research in Physical Therapy||4.0|
|PTRS 777||Clinical Education III||2.0|
|PTRS 655*||Health Administration||2.5|
|PTRS 778||Clinical Internship||3.0|
|PTRS 647||Professional Project II||2.0|
|Total Credit: 128.0|
A strong history of comprehensive clinical education exists for our professional students. The clinical education for the DPT program is integrated into the didactic portions of the curriculum so that knowledge obtained in the classroom is readily put into practice. The DPT program has contracts with hundreds of clinical sites across the nation, representing all facets of professional practice. Students are required to complete four clinical education experiences that offer various levels of acuity in different clinical environments. The first clinical education experience is 6 weeks in length, clinical education II and III are 10 weeks long, and the fourth experience, the clinical internship, is 12 weeks.
Students may select from clinical sites that offer experiences in pediatrics, adult rehabilitation, geriatrics, orthopedics, sports medicine, and industrial and occupational rehabilitation.
For more information visit the Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences Overview page on the College of Nursing and Health Professions web site.
Most classes are held in lecture halls, classrooms, or laboratories on the Center City (Health Sciences) Campus of Drexel University. The entire campus has wireless capability for easy internet access. The Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences has two state-of-the-art dedicated laboratories where the clinical components of the professional curriculum are taught. In these laboratories equipment reflects current physical therapy practice and is part of a multi-disciplinary clinical learning and resource center. Included as part of the resource center is a standardized patient lab that utilizes paid actors to simulate various clinical situations while students' interactions with those "patients" are monitored by supervising faculty. This center provides a rich environment for student learning.
Our teaching resources also include supported distance learning technology. Instructional materials are provided through text, graphics, audio and video formats and are available online through a course management system 24 hours a day. Our online courses are highly interactive through the use of web discussion boards and audio chat tools.Additionally, the Professional DPT program uses its own faculty-staffed clinical sites as well as various clinical sites in the area to enhance the educational experience of the student. The department operates outpatient physical therapy sites in the Drexel Recreation Center on the University City campus, as part of the multidisciplinary Parkway Health and Wellness Center on the Center City campus and a pro-bono practice in the 11th Street Family Health Center. Students rotate through these facilities getting individualized mentoring while connecting classroom content with clinical practice. These experiences are in addition to the 38 weeks of clinical education the student will experience throughout the curriculum.
The Department conducts hypothesis-driven research in human movement, biomechanics, motor control, community-based practice and family-centered care. Some of this research is conducted in a 23,000 square foot multidisciplinary center on the Center City Campus. The center has a gait and motion analysis lab containing a video-based motion analysis system with in-floor force plates, and neuromuscular performance labs equipped with custom-built force measuring systems, l6-channel EMG system and electromagnetic tracking systems. Other research is conducted via partnerships with organizations locally, nationally, and internationally. Other departments involved in the research center include Nutrition Sciences and Nursing which provides fertile ground for collaboration. Professional DPT students have the opportunity to work with faculty and PhD students on ongoing laboratory projects through optional research practica or as part of the final project, a capstone experience for the curriculum.