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Requirements and Course Details

Year 1

Summer - 11 credit hours
  • PT 505 Teaching and Learning in Physical Therapy Practice (2)
  • PT 516 Psychosocial Responses to Illness, Disability, and Health Care (3) 
  • PT 524 Basic Patient Management (3) 
  • PT 532 Applied Clinical Anatomy (3) 
Fall - 21 credit hours
  • PT 502 Research in Physical Therapy I (3)
  • PT 535 Pharmacology for Rehabilitation (2) 
  • PT 540 Functional Anatomy (5) 
  • PT 560 Principles and Techniques of Musculoskeletal Examination (5) 
  • PT 570 Human Performance and Health Promotion I (2) 
  • PT 580 Gerontology (2) 
  • PT 591 Service Learning In Physical Therapy I (2)
Spring - 21 credit hours
  • PT 545 Neuroscience for Physical Therapy (4) 
  • PT 548 Neurology for Physical Therapists (3) 
  • PT 555 Orthopedics for Physical Therapists (4) 
  • PT 575 Human Performance and Health Promotion II (3) 
  • PT 585 Physical Therapy Modalities and Wound Management (5) 
  • PT 592 Service Learning In Physical Therapy II (2)

Bachelor of Health Science (BHS) degree awarded to early admission Bellarmine students

Year 2

Summer - 10 - 12 credit hours
  • PT 605 Research in Physical Therapy II (3) 
  • *PT 675 Special Clinical Enrichment (1-6 credits) OR
  • PT 695 International Study Experience in Physical Therapy (2) 
  • PT 690 Principles of Community Partnerships (1) 
  • PT 699 Orientation to Clinical Education (1) 
  • PT 700 Clinical Clerkship (5)
Fall - 21 credit hours
  • PT 610 Examination, Evaluation and Intervention of the Extremities (5)
  • PT 613 Dissection Laboratory in Human Anatomy (4) 
  • PT 640 Physical Therapy Management of the Pediatric Patient (3) 
  • PT 670 Management in Physical Therapy (3) 
  • PT 680 Physical Therapy Management of the Patient with Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Disease (4) 
  • PT 691 Service Learning In Physical Therapy III (2)
Spring - 19 credit hours
  • PHIL 543 Bioethics (3)
  • PT 630 Physical Therapy Management of the Adult Patient with Neurological Disorders (4)
  • PT 635 Differential Diagnosis and Management of Patients with Complex Problems (3) 
  • PT 645 Rehabilitation Techniques in Physical Therapy (3) 
  • PT 650 Examination, Evaluation and Intervention of the Spine (4) 
  • PT 692 Service Learning In Physical Therapy IV (2)

Year 3

Summer - 12 - 14 credit hours
  • *PT 675 Special Clinical Enrichment (1-6 credits) OR
  • PT 695 International Study Experience in Physical Therapy (2)
  • PT 710 Acute Care Internship (10) / PT 720 Rehabilitation Internship (10) / PT 730 Community Based Internship (10)
  • PT 785 Professional and Legal Issues in Physical Therapy (2)
Fall - 16 credit hours
  • PT 710 Acute Care Internship (10) / PT 720 Rehabilitation Internship (10) / PT 730 Community Based Internship (10)
  • PT 740 Capstone Project (6)
Spring - 14 credit hours
  • PT 710 Acute Care Internship (10) / PT 720 Rehabilitation Internship (10) / PT 730 Community Based Internship (10)
  • PT 750 Seminar (2) 
  • PT 765 Special Topics in Physical Therapy (1-6)

Total Credits = 143 -147
* Optional course(s)

Course Descriptions

Read 2013-2014 descriptions of each course required for DPT here.

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