Curriculum | Doctor of Physical Therapy
The Physical Therapy Program is a post-baccalaureate, graduate program leading to a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. Entry into the program requires completion of a bachelor's degree and program specific prerequisites.
The DPT program is a full-time day program of 108-credits and takes 33 months to complete.
- Foundational Sciences - Basic science including functional anatomy, neuroscience, motor development, kinesiology/biomechanics, pathology, pharmacology, and diagnostic imaging.
- Tests & Measures - Develops the skills associated with examination and evaluation of the cardiopulmonary, integumentary, neuromuscular, and musculoskeletal systems.
- Interventions - Sudents develop purposeful and skilled abilities in the application of interventions.
- Professional and social responsibility - Development of an understanding of what it means to become a health care provider. Topics include professional behaviors, self analysis and reflection, ethics, teamwork, teaching/learning, communication/coordination/ documentation, administration, group dynamics, and the health care delivery system.
- Patient management - Rotations to area work sites and laboratory experiences with patients (real or simulated), provide hands-on application of skills, knowledge, and behavior. Emphasizes clinical decision making and reasoning.
A focus on professional development
Our curriculum is designed to expose students to a variety of teaching methods including lectures, laboratory exercises, reading, role-playing, and clinical experiences. As students progress through the program, they are expected to take increasing levels of responsibility for their own education and the development of professional actions and behaviors. This provides graduates with the knowledge and skills to deliver efficient and appropriate services to patients and clients.
PTH 5100 -
PTH 5101 - Professional Behaviors II
Second in a four course series focusing on the program's requirement of professional behaviors development as an essential component of academic and clinical success. Using multidimensional assessment and evaluation, students will demonstrate sufficient integration and application of professional knowledge and behavioral skills for progression to the first full-time clinical internship.
PTH 5405 -
PTH 5410 - PT Administration I
First of a three course series related to the administration and management of physical therapy services. The major forms of health care delivery and reimbursement models are investigated. Billing for physical therapy interventions is covered and the interaction of ethical and legal issues is addressed.
PTH 5480 - Critical Inquiry I
Introductory course provides a foundation for evidence based practice. Research methods, ethics and statistical procedures commonly used in physical therapy are reviewed and discussed. Concepts related to validity and reliability are emphasized.
PTH 5505 - Kinesiology/Biomechanics
Provides foundational knowledge for understanding normal human movement. Emphasis is on biomechanics, joint structure and function, and muscle activity in the human body concurrent with body regions covered in the Functional Anatomy course. The interaction between joints and movement during common activities of daily living is examined.
PTH 5510 - Functional Anatomy
An advanced, regional, musculoskeletal anatomy course that emphasizes the study of functional relationships among musculature, nervous tissue, vascular, and skeletal components for the extremities and axial skeleton. Cadaver dissection laboratory experience is used to enhance understanding of three-dimensional anatomical relationships for specific body regions.
PTH 5511 -
PTH 5513 - Life Span Motor Development
Theories of motor development across the lifespan are presented in the context of physical therapy practice. Emphasis is on normal age related changes from infancy and childhood through mature adulthood and late life.
PTH 5517 - Systems Screening & MGT I
The first of a two course series dealing with medical diagnoses and medical management of pathologies commonly treated by physical therapists. Principles of diagnostic imaging, laboratory testing, pharmacology, and their application in physical therapy are discussed.
PTH 5520 -
PTH 5521 - PT Exam & Eval II
Second course in the sequence of acquiring fundamental examination, evaluation and clinical reasoning skills. Patients/ clients with multi-system dysfunction are addressed. Environment, home, and work (job/ school/ play) assessments are incorporated into clinical reasoning.
PTH 5530 -
PTH 5531 - PT Interventions II
Second course in the sequence designed to develop skilled application of exercise in the physical therapy management of patients. Students develop competency in application of evaluation, diagnostic, and prognostic information in to developing a plan of care that includes prescribing exercises, monitoring patient's response and program progression.
PTH 5535 -
PTH 5901 - Internship Preparation
Designed to prepare students for their first clinical internship experience. Included are the roles of the clinical and academic internship team members, professional communications specific to internships, and strategies for maximizing the internship experience. Procedures, requirements and assignments for pre-internship and internship processes are presented.
PTH 5910 - Patient/Client MGT I
First of a four course series designed to integrate multiple aspects of the student's professional education. Integration and application of professional skills, knowledge, and behaviors to patient/client problems through case studies, clinic rotations, and role playing is emphasized. Comprehensive management of the patient/client whose physical therapy needs require basic level skills is the focus for clinical decision-making and plan of care development.
PTH 5950 - Internship I
Provides students the opportunity to apply physical therapy skills, knowledge and theory in a clinical setting. Students are followed by the CSS Director of Clinical Education (DCE), but are directly supervised by on-site Clinical Instructors (CI). Development of professional behaviors continues as students interact daily with patients, clients, physical therapists, and other health care providers
PTH 6102 -
PTH 6103 - Professional Behaviors IV
Final course in a four part series addressing professional behaviors and values, which are program requirements. Students complete the professional behavior portfolio to display attainment of desired professional behaviors and skills needed for readiness in clinical settings and necessary for success in the physical therapy profession. Self reflection, self analysis, and collective faculty evaluation provide mechanisms for continued professional development while enrolled in the program.
PTH 6406 -
PTH 6411 - Physical Therapy Admin II
Addresses organizational structure, practice settings, leadership, and cost accountability. Included are issues related to human and facility resource management. Ethical, legal, and professional issues are interwoven into the course.
PTH 6412 - PT Administration and Advocacy
Focuses on issues related to strategic planning, marketing, and quality assurance/outcomes assessment. Continued application of legal and ethical issues related to provision of physical therapy services.
PTH 6481 -
PTH 6482 - Critical Inquiry III
Students work in small groups to advance their knowledge of scholarly research methods and critical review under the guidance of a faculty advisor in an area of the faculty's expertise. Students participate in a scientific poster presentation and compile a final research review paper.
PTH 6518 - Systems Screening & Mgmt II
Second of a two course series focuses on the medical management of various musculoskeletal and neurologic diseases and conditions along with the implications for physical therapy management of those patients/clients. Medical management of pediatric diagnoses is covered relative to physical therapy and lifespan implications.
PTH 6540 -
PTH 6541 - Musculoskeletal Eval & MGT II
Focuses on management of patients whose primary impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions are due to multi-system involvement. Development of a comprehensive plan of care and application of interventions for complex patients is emphasized.
PTH 6545 -
PTH 6546 - Neuromuscular Eval & MGT II
Advances the study and application of patient/client management theories and skills for patients with neuromuscular system involvement. Emphasis is on evaluation and management of individuals in the areas of gait disturbance, vestibular dysfunction, traumatic brain injury, and spinal cord injury.
PTH 6560 -
PTH 6565 - Integumentary Eval & Mgmt
Introduces the evaluation and management of patients/clients with integumentary disorders. Factors affecting wound repair, wound infection, infection control and burns are presented. Tests and measures to assess skin integrity and tools to manage integumentary disorders are applied.
PTH 6567 - Life Span Applications I
Entry-level approach to providing physical therapy services to pediatric patients/clients in a variety of settings. The patient/client management model is applied to multiple pediatric diagnoses and conditions. Abnormal development, therapeutic play, and behavior management are covered as essential components of pediatric physical therapy. Ethical, legal, and legislative issues affecting this population are addressed.
PTH 6568 - Lifespan App II: Geriatrics
Entry-level approach to providing physical therapy services to geriatric patients/clients in a variety of settings. Application of the patient/ client management model is specific to this population. Legal, legislative, and ethical issues pertinent to geriatric patients/clients are discussed.
PTH 6573 -
PTH 6911 -
PTH 6912 - PT/Client Mgmt II
Continued application of the patient/client management model across the life span for problems of increasing complexity. Development of professional behaviors and integration of all coursework is demonstrated through the creation and progression of plans of care in a variety of service models and therapist roles.
PTH 6913 - PT/Client Mgmt IV
Integration of program course work with clinical practice, emphasizing the continuum of care across the life span and in multiple practice settings. The patient/client management model is applied to various cases with additional emphasis on physical therapists' roles as advocates, administrators, consultants and teachers. Readiness for clinical internship is demonstrated through competence in core knowledge, clinical skills and professionalism.
PTH 7951 - Clinical Internship II
Provides a second, full time opportunity to apply professional skills, knowledge, behavior, and theory in a clinical setting. Under the direct supervision of a clinical instructor, the student applies the elements of patient/client management in a physical therapy practice. Development of professional behavior continues as students interact daily with patients/clients, physical therapists, and other members of the health care team.
PTH 7952 -
PTH 7953 - Clinical Internship IV
Terminal ten week, full-time clinical internship representing the culmination of all previous course work. Students gain increased experience and depth of understanding for application and integration of skills, knowledge, and professional behaviors. By the end of this internship, the student is expected to demonstrate proficiency at the entry-level in all aspects of patient/client management. This internship may occur in a rural or urban setting, but at least one rural setting is required during the internship series.
PTH 7980 - Capstone
Culminating experience in professional education with focus on professional socialization, professional development, and case presentations. Preparation for the physical therapy licensure examination is emphasized.
Students must complete four internships while in the program. Clinical internships provide opportunities for the student to integrate and apply theory, knowledge, and skills acquired during the academic year to a variety of patient populations. Students must complete one internship in a rural setting; each remaining internship must differ in type of setting or experience. Within this affiliation framework, students have the opportunity to pursue areas of interest including but not limited to pediatrics, geriatrics, sports medicine, industrial medicine, etc.
Students graduating from this program are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination. Successful completion of the exam is required for licensure in all states. Requirements for taking the exam vary by state. Students must apply separately for the national exam and for licensing. The department will certify the student's readiness for these procedures, but is not responsible for obtaining, completing or returning the required forms.
The College of St. Scholastica is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
The Entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at The College of St. Scholastics is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website:http://www.capteonline.org.
Living our mission: The Benedictine values in action
The DPT program is structured philosophically around values that are shared by the physical therapy profession, the College and the College's Benedictine heritage.
- Love of Learning is reflected in the professinoal values of diligence, dedication and scientific inquiry.
- Respect is seen in the professional qualities of caring, communication, leadership and collaboration.
- Community is evident in the professional values of helping, collaborating and welcoming diversity.
- Hospitality is realized though the professional values of warmth and openness.
- Stewardship is demonstrated through the process of scientific inquiry, which results in optimum use of resources to ensure that patients/clients receive the best possible care.