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Curriculum Outline

Fall Semester
(15 weeks)
Spring Semester
(15 weeks)
Summer Semester
(12 weeks)
Year 1
Anatomy 6
Clinical Seminar I 2
Clinical Skills I/ Foundations 4
Systems, Physiology/
and Pathophysiology I
Applied Neuroscience 3
Clinical Seminar II 2
Clinical Skills II/MT and Exercise 4
Functional Anatomy/Biomechanics 3
Systems, Physiology and Pathophysiology II 3
Clinical Skills III/Modalities 4
Clinical Skills Assessment I 1
Health Promotion l 2
Lifespan I 2
Medical Screening 2
Research Methods/EBP 3
Service Learning I 1
Total Hours 15
Total Hours 15
Total Hours 15
Year 2
Capstone I 2
Integumentary/Medical 3
Musculoskeletal I 3
Neuromuscular I 3
Internship I (8 wk) 4
Administration Roles 3
Biopsychosocial Aspects 2
Capstone II 1
Cardiopulmonary/ Acute Care/ Trauma 3
Musculoskeletal II 3
Neuromuscular II 3
Capstone III 1
Clinical Seminar III 2
Clinical Skills
Assessment II
Health Promotion II 2
Lifespan II 2
Service Learning II 1
Women’s Health 2
Internship II (8 wk) 4
Total Hours 15
Total Hours 15
Total Hours 15
Year 3
Capstone IV 2
Complex Medical 2
Musculoskeletal III 2
Neuromuscular III 2
Ethics and Professional Issues 1
Specialty Seminar 2
Internship III (8 wk) 4
Internship IV (12 wk) 6
Total Hours 15
Total Hours 6


Course Grading Scale
100-91% A
90-81% B
80-71% C
70 and below D
Curriculum Expectations:

Students typically attend classes 30 or more hours per week during each academic semester. Classes consist of a combination of lecture, discussion, laboratory, and clinical activities.  When on clinical rotation students are typically present at the clinic 40 or more hours per week on a schedule that corresponds to the operating hours of the clinic.

Students typically sit for two to 10 hours daily, stand for one to two hours daily, and walk or travel for two hours daily.

Students typically relocate outside of the St. Paul area to complete one or more clinical rotations of eight to twelve weeks duration each.

Student frequently perform the following activities: 
  1. Lift less than 10 pounds and occasionally lift weights between 10 and 100 pounds.
  2. Exert 75 pounds of push/pull forces to objects up to 50 feet and occasionally exert 150 pounds of push/pull forces for this distance.
  3. Twist, bend and stoop.
  4. Move from place to place and position to position and must do so at a speed that permits safe handling of classmates and patients.
  5. Stand and walk while providing support to a classmate simulating a disability or while supporting a patient with a disability.
  6. Use their hands repetitively with a simple grasp and frequently use a firm grasp and manual dexterity skills.
  7. Coordinate verbal and manual activities with gross motor activities.
  8. Use auditory, tactile, and visual senses to receive classroom instruction and to evaluate and treat patients.
Students occasionally perform the following activities:
  1. Carry up to 25 pounds while walking up to 50 feet.
  2. Squat, crawl, climb stools, reach above shoulder level, and kneel.
  3. Climb stairs or negotiate uneven terrain.
Satisfactory progress

Students must earn a C or better in each course and maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Professional Behaviors Assessment

Competence in professional behavior is defined as performing at the beginning level on all items of the Professional Behaviors Assessment Tool (May, Kontney, Iglarsh, 2010) in year one, at the intermediate level in year two, and at the entry level by the end of year three of the program.


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