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MSPT Curriculum

The following requirements must be satisfied to earn the Master of Science in Physical Therapy Degree

  • Satisfactory completion of 36 Semester Hours (SH), which must include:
    • 16-17 SH of Core Courses (including Thesis, or Research project, and Practicum)
    • 13-14 SH of Clinical Concentration Courses
    • 5-6 SH of Elective Courses
  • Satisfactory completion of a Thesis, or Research project with manuscript submitted for publication (minimum of 4 credit hours) and a Practicum (minimum of 3 credit hours).
  • Students may transfer up to 6 credit hours for electives from graduate work at other universities or colleges.
  • Students must complete all courses with grades of “B” or above in core and clinical concentration courses, and “C” or above in other courses.
  • The program of study must be completed within 5 years from the date of matriculation.
  • All students must have a written plan for completion of the program approved by the program director.
  • Graduate student progress will be reviewed at the end of each semester, including an evaluation of the quality of academic work and progress toward the degree. Minimum criteria must be met to avoid probation or dismissal.
Core Courses

Credit Hour

PT813
Education Theory and Methods
2
PT833
Professional Issues
1
PT860
Biostatistics for Physical Thearpists
3
PT861
Research Design
2
PT862
Practicum
3,4
PT881
Health Care Management
2
PT863
Thesis OR
4
PT908
Complex Clinical Management I
3

 

Clinical Concentration Courses: Neurological Credit Hour
PT801
Theoretical Foundations of Evaluation and Treatment of Neurologic Dysfunction*
2
PT802
Developmental Biomechanics
2
PT811
Evaluative Procedures in Pediatric PT
2
PT812
Advanced Neurological PT Techniques*
3
PT831
Assistive Technology for Clients with Disability
2
PT832
The Family and the Individual with Special Needs
2
PT838
Pharmacology in Neurological PT
1
PT871
Balance Disorders
2
PT875
Human Gait and Disorders
2

 

Clinical Concentration Courses: Musculoskeletal Credit Hour
PT803
Theoretical Bases of Orthopaedic PT*
3
PT804
Orthopaedic Clinical Medicine Seminar*
3
PT836
Wellness and Exercises
2
PT891
Applied Skeletal Muscle Physiology
3
PT896
Musculoskeletal Evaluation and Treatment of Spine
3
PT897
Musculoskeletal Evaluation and Treatment of Extremities
3

*Required course for Clinical Concentration

Electives Offered by Graduate Program Credit Hour
PT850
Scientific Communication
1
PT892
Advanced Study in Selected Topics
1
PT893
Directed Study
1,2,3
PT894
Dissection Anatomy
2
PT895
Sensory Integrative and Perceptual Motor Disorders
3

Contact:

Pamela D. Ritzline, Ed.D., P.T.
Director of Graduate Program
Department of Physical Therapy

The University of Tennessee
Health Science Center
930 Madison – Suite 640
Memphis, TN 38163
901.448.5888
pritzlin@uthsc.edu