Curriculum | tDPT Online

Program Design

The curriculum for the online transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy is designed to fill the gap between previous physical therapy education curricula and the entry-level doctoral-level curriculum. The courses have been designed to be delivered online to allow the working clinician to participate. The program has 16 credits in six courses covering pharmacology, diagnostic imaging, health care policy, differential diagnosis, evidence based practice and clinical experience.

Program Structure

The program has been designed to offer one course per semester. Enrollment will be capped at 24 learners per course. By limiting enrollment to 24, course faculty can maintain personal and individualized contact with students and camaraderie between students can be promoted in a virtual classroom. The courses will be offered on a rotating basis so that students can enter the program at the beginning of any semester.

Of the six courses required in our program, PTH 6725 Differential Diagnosis (3 cr.) can only be taken after successful completion of both PTH 6710 Pharmacology for Physical Therapists (3 cr.) and PTH 6715 Diagnostic Imaging for Physical Therapists (2 cr.).

PTH 6730 Evidence Based Practice (3 cr.) is a good course to take first, as it sets the stage for graduate-level writing and integration of evidence into your practice. In addition, several courses require you to investigate the current literature for assignments. PTH 6720 Health Policy (3 cr.) is also another course to take early in your tDPT education. It is a writing intensive course and can help hone your writing skills for subsequent courses.

PTH 6735 Clinical Experience (2 cr.) is considered our capstone course of the program. It integrates content from previous courses in a portfolio. It is also the course that solidifies the Benedictine values, which our program espouses, as integral values within the profession.

Course Descriptions

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Expand and Collapse PTH 7710 - Pharmacology for P.T.'s

Analysis of the common classifications of pharmacologic agents and their potential effects on a physical therapy assessment and plan of care. Basic principles of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, and drug receptors will be covered.

Expand and Collapse PTH 7715 - Diagnostic Imaging

Compares and contrasts various imaging techniques, ,including basics of assessment, interpretation of reports, and formulation of referrals.

Expand and Collapse PTH 7720 - Health Policy

Analysis of legal issues surrounding health care in America and the promotion of advocacy for reform.

Expand and Collapse PTH 7730 - Evidence Based Practice

Applies concepts of evidence-based practice including basic concepts of research, statistics, and critical analysis of literature in a topic of interest to the learner.

Expand and Collapse PTH 8725 - Differential Screening

Focuses on diagnostic process and clinical reasoning skills in patient/client management. Emphasis is on the differential diagnosis process for physical therapy and indications for referral. Prerequisites of PTH 7710 Pharmacology for Physical Therapists and PTH 7715 Diagnostic Imaging

Expand and Collapse PTH 8735 - Clinical Experience

Demonstration of physical therapy skills, knowledge, and behaviors/interactions with patient/clients, peers, and other professionals through a portfolio.

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