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DPT Program Curriculum

Curriculum Outline

  • Anatomy – 6 Credits
    Clinical Seminar I – 2 Credits
    Clinical Skills I/ Foundations – 4 Credits
    Systems, Physiology/and Pathophysiology I – 3 Credits
    Service Learning I – 1 Credit

    Total Credit Hours – 16 Credits

  • Applied Neuroscience – 3 Credits
    Clinical Seminar II – 2 Credits
    Clinical Skills II/MT and Exercise – 4 Credits
    Functional Anatomy/Biomechanics – 3 Credits
    Systems, Physiology and Pathophysiology II – 3 Credits
    Health Promotion Ia – 1 credit

    Total Credit Hours – 16 Credits

  • Clinical Skills III/Modalities – 4 Credits
    Clinical Skills Assessment I – 1 Credit
    Lifespan I – 2 Credits
    Medical Screening – 2 Credits
    Research Methods/EBP – 3 Credits
    Health Promotion Ib – 1 credit

    Total Credit Hours – 13 Credits

  • Capstone I – 2 Credits Internship I (8 wk) – 4 Credits
    Administration Roles – 3 Credits
    Musculoskeletal I – 3 Credits
    Neuromuscular I – 3 Credits
    Service Learning II – 1 credit
    Total Credit Hours – 16 Credits
  • Integumentary/Medical – 3 Credits
    Biopsychosocial Aspects – 2 Credits
    Capstone II – 1 Credit
    Cardiopulmonary/ Acute Care/ Trauma – 3 Credits
    Musculoskeletal II – 3 Credits
    Neuromuscular II – 3 Credits
    Health Promotion IIa – 1 credit

    Total Credit Hours – 16 Credits

  • Capstone III – 1 Credit Internship II (8 wk) – 4 Credits
    Clinical Seminar III – 2 Credits
    Clinical Skills Assessment II – 1 Credit
    Lifespan II – 2 Credits
    Women’s Health – 2 Credits
    Health Promotion IIb – 1 credit
    Total Credit Hours – 13 Credits
  • Capstone IV – 1 Credit  Internship III (8 week) – 4 Credits
    Complex Medical – 2 Credits
    Musculoskeletal III – 2 Credits
    Neuromuscular III – 2 Credits
    Specialty Seminar – 2 Credits
    Total Credit Hours – 13 Credits
  • Capstone V – 1 Credit
    Ethics and Professional Issues – 1 Credit
    Internship IV (12 week) – 6 Credits

    Total Credit Hours – 8 Credits

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.

Students frequently perform the following activities:

  • Lift less than 10 pounds and occasionally lift weights between 10 and 100 pounds.
  • 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.
  • Twist, bend and stoop.
  • Move from place to place and position to position and must do so at a speed that permits safe handling of classmates and patients.
  • Stand and walk while providing support to a classmate simulating a disability or while supporting a patient with a disability.
  • Use their hands repetitively with a simple grasp and frequently use a firm grasp and manual dexterity skills.
  • Coordinate verbal and manual activities with gross motor activities.
  • Use auditory, tactile, and visual senses to receive classroom instruction and to evaluate and treat patients.

Students occasionally perform the following activities:

  • Carry up to 25 pounds while walking up to 50 feet.
  • Squat, crawl, climb stools, reach above shoulder level, and kneel.
  • Climb stairs or negotiate uneven terrain.

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