DPT Curriculum

The DPT program requires three years of year-round graduate study. Academic coursework and research activity are completed during the first seven semesters. The final two semesters are devoted to clinical internships.

In addition to completing the Physical Therapy curriculum, all graduate students at the University of Minnesota must complete the Graduate School requirement for training in the Responsible Conduct of Research Education. To complete this requirement, students complete a training module supervised by their research advisor.

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Year One

Summer

Summer

PT 6058 -- Anatomy for Physical Therapy

Study of gross human anatomy, and surface anatomy, for practice of physical therapy. Cadaver dissection of extremities, head, neck, back, abdomen, thoracic, and pelvic regions. Correlation to clinical conditions. Lecture, laboratory.

Fall

Fall

PT 6002 -- Ethics in Public Health: Research and Policy

Moral/ethical analysis skills development in the context of physical therapy research/practice. Ethical decisions in a practice and in professional training.

PT 6231 -- Clinical Biomechanics

Principles of biomechanics. Forces/structures internal/external to body responsible for normal human movement. Muscle, joint, and tissue mechanics. Joint-specific normal function, whole body posture, gait mechanics. Focuses on normal mechanics as foundation for abnormal mechanics and pathology. Lecture, laboratory.

PT 6280 -- Clinical Assessment

Clinical assessment techniques of transfer training, manual muscle testing, range of motion, gait analysis, physical/sensory examination, and antropometrics. Basic intervention approaches, including stretching techniques and resistive exercise. Weekly integration assignments with first clinical clerkship. Lecture, discussion, lab.

PT 6213 -- Clerkship I

Practical aspects of clinical education and professional behavior. Psychological, sociological, and cultural needs of diverse patient populations. Students complete a three hrs/week clinical experience at either Jones Harrison Residence or Walker Methodist Health Center. Patient/therapist observations, activities tied to concurrent didactic coursework. Facilitation of group exercise, restorative ambulation, range of motion programs, and resident assessment instrument.

PT 6281 -- Scientific Foundations I: Theory of Exercise

Principles of skeletal muscle physiology as basis for therapeutic exercise. Exercise physiology and related microanatomy of musculoskeletal system as they relate to rehabilitation problems. Tissue response to treatment for loss of mobility. Endurance/strength training.

PT 6340 -- Human Growth & Development

Developmental process throughout life span. Theories of physical, motor, social, and personality development and what factors that influence a child’s development.

PT 8131 -- Research Seminar

Scientific thinking in physical therapy. Preparation to execute research project or literature review. Analysis of current literature. Basic features of research design. Elements of evaluating treatment efficacy. Students interact with their research adviser and with research faculty in various specialties.

Spring

Spring

NSCI 6112 -- Medical Neurology for Professional Students

Survey of molecular, cellular, and systems neuroscience as related to medicine. Lecture/lab.

PT 8132 -- Research Seminar

Scientific thinking in physical therapy. Preparation to execute research project or literature review. Analysis of current literature. Basic features of research design. Elements of evaluating treatment efficacy. Students interact with their research adviser and with research faculty in various specialties.

PT 6310 -- Human Physiology for Physical Rehabilitation

This course covers muscle, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal and renal physiology. An integrative, systems approach is used and normal function is emphasized

PT 6214 -- Clerkship II

Documentation of physical therapy exams, progress, and discharge services. Regulatory agencies responsible for outcomes/accreditation, third party reimbursement, coding, and peer review. Students complete three hrs/wk clinical experience at either Jones Harrison Residence or Walker Methodist Health Center under supervision of clinical faculty. Observations/documentations, group exercise, restorative ambulation, range of motion programs, resident assessments.

PT 6221 -- Therapeutic Procedures

Theory/application of physical agents and therapeutic techniques. Therapeutic massage, ultraviolet radiation, thermotherapy, hydrotherapy, positive pressure devices, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, neuromuscular electrical stimulation, biofeedback, iontophoresis, high volt pulsed current.

Year Two

Summer

Summer

PT 6813 -- Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy

Theory and techniques of cardiopulmonary evaluation and treatment. Principles of exercise response and adaptations to training.

PT 6250 -- Acute Care Physical Therapy

General care of the acute and critically ill patient including the disease and disorders common to the acute care environment and the integration of evaluation, treatment, and client management skills throughout the course.

PT 6251 -- Integument

Response of the integument to injury, disease, and aging. Emphasizes wound management, treatment, and rehabilitation of persons with acute/chronic integument disorders. Integrating elements of physiology, pathophysiology, and therapeutic procedures to evaluate, treat, and manage clients.

PT 8193 -- Research Problems

Process of developing/completing a scholarly research project or literature review related to rehabilitation science. Type of research experience is determined by adviser.

PHAR 6800 -- Rehabilitation Pharmacology

Impact of medications on rehabilitation. How rehabilitation affects medication use.  Web based, independent study.

PT 6252 -- Pathophysiology

General and organ system pathology that prepares the student for clinical practice by presenting complicating pathological factors that affect patients and the implications of the pathology on the patient’s clinical presentation.

Fall

Fall

PT 6283 -- Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation I

First of two-course sequence. Problem-solving approach to evaluating, testing, and preventing selected musculoskeletal conditions across the life span. Chart review, history taking, strength testing, functional testing, gait and posture examination, special orthopedic tests. Therapeutic exercises, orthopedic ambulation, joint mobilization, splinting, patient education.

PT 6293 -- Essentials of Rehabilitation Research

Predictive research, elementary statistical concepts, analysis of scientific literature. Tools to design experiments and analyze data acquired from student group projects. Design/statistical formats: risk analysis, multivariate regression analysis, designs of reliability studies, traditional group designs. Students give preliminary presentation of analysis to their peers.

PT 8193 -- Research Problems

Process of developing/completing a scholarly research project or literature review related to rehabilitation science. Type of research experience is determine by adviser

PT 6215 -- Clerkship III

Roles of physical therapist, in orthopedic outpatient setting, as educator and promoter of health/wellness. Students are assigned to a community outpatient orthopedic clinic. Patient evaluations/treatment. Instructing patients, therapists, student physical therapists, and community members to promote physical therapy, health, and wellness. Students assess, prepare, and provide educational experiences.

Spring

Spring

PT 6282 -- Scientific Foundations II: Neuromotor Control

Principles of neurophysiology, neurology, motor control, and motor learning as basis for therapeutic intervention in motor dysfunction. Practical application of kinesiologic electromyography and nerve conduction.

PT 6287 -- Neurorehabilitation

Assessment and rehabilitation of patients with neurological conditions (e.g., cerebral vascular disease traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). Using treatment procedures, orthotics, and equipment to improve function and prevent, stabilize, or decrease impairments.

PT 6284 -- Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation II: Assessment & Treatment

Second of a two-course sequence: Problem-solving approach to evaluating, treating, and preventing selected musculoskeletal conditions across life span. Includes instruction in subjective evaluation, postural and mobility assessment, special orthopedic tests, functional status assessments, therapeutic exercises for mobility, strength and coordination, joint mobilization, orthotic devices, and patient education.

PT 8193 -- Research Problems

Process of developing/completing a scholarly research project or literature review related to rehabilitation science. Type of research experience is determined by adviser.

PT 6216 -- Clerkship IV

Role of physical therapist, in acute care or rehabilitation setting, as clinical educator of physical therapy students. Students are assigned to a local hospital or rehabilitation facility. Patient evaluations, treatment, discharge planning. Students prepare for full time clinical experiences and for their role as potential clinical instructors.

Year Three

Summer (through August)

Summer (through August)

PT 8193 -- Research Problems

Process of developing/completing a scholarly research project or literature review related to rehabilitation science. Type of research experience is determined by adviser.

PT 6288 -- Pediatric Rehabilitation

Pediatric assessment/rehabilitation for neurological, orthopedic, cardiac, prematurity, transplant, and behavioral conditions. Preparation for adult assessment/treatment with neurological, general medical, and vascular disease. Students use etiologic knowledge to assess patients in clinic and establish treatment plans and goals.

PT 6290 -- Administration

Learning experiences and special assignments related to physical therapy administration, management, supervision, consultation, private practice and current health care issues. This course will provide the student with the foundations for regulatory compliance and fiscal responsibility along with interpersonal skills required for the successful delivery of direct care service.

August through May of Following Year

August through May of Following Year

PT 6295 -- Clinical Internship I

Communication skills, team participation, and evaluation/treatment. Predicting outcomes. Managing patient diagnoses/problems. Selected specialty area of physical therapy practice.

PT 6296 -- Clinical Internship II

Second of four courses. Students must demonstrate proficiency in communication, team participation, evaluation/treatment, predicting outcomes, and managing patient diagnoses/problems. Selected specialty area of physical therapy practice.

PT 6297 -- Clinical Internship III

Third of four courses. Students must demonstrate proficiency in communication, team participation, evaluation/treatment predicting outcomes, and managing patient diagnoses/problems. Selected specialty area of physical therapy practice.

PT 6298 -- Clinical Internship IV

Fourth of four courses. Students must demonstrate proficiency in communication, team participation, evaluation/treatment predicting outcomes, and managing patient diagnoses/problems. Selected specialty area of physical therapy practice.

Total Credits: 141

Changes in course numbers and sequence may occur during the course of the curriculum.

Elective Course: PT 6220 Clinic Volunteer (1 credit)