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ScDPT Curriculum

The following requirements must be satisfied to earn the Doctor of Physical Therapy Science degree

  • Satisfactory completion of 92 Semester Hours (SH), which must include:
    • 48 SH of Core Courses
    • 13-14 SH of Advanced Clinical Practice
    • 30-31 SH of Electives
  • Students may transfer up to 34 graduate SH if a post-professional graduate degree has been completed.
  • Students may transfer up to 6 credit hours from graduate work at other universities or colleges if a graduate degree has not been completed.
  • Students must complete all courses with grades of “B” or above in core and clinical concentration courses, and “C” or above in other courses.
  • Satisfactory completion of a research project and submission of a publishable manuscript to an appropriate peer-reviewed publication
  • The program of study must be completed within 7 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.

Year 1 (Summer/Fall) Courses

Credit

PT 801 OR
Theoretical Framework for Evaluation/Treatment Neurol. Conditions**
2 or 3
PT 803
Theoretical Bases for Orthopaedic PT***
 
PT 813
Education Theory*
2
PT 832
Family and the Individual with Special Needs
2
PT 833
Professional Issues*
1
PT 850
Scientific Communication
1
PT 861
Research Design*
2
PT 881
Health Care Management*
2
 
Total
12,13

 

Year 1 (Winter/Spring) Courses

Credit

PT 812 OR
PT 891
Advanced Neurological PT Techniques**
Applied Skeletal Muscle Physiology
3
PT 804
Orthopaedic Clinical Medicine Seminar***
3
PT 860
Biostatistics for Physical Therapists*
3
PT 862
Practicum
3
PT 871
Balance Disorders
2
 
Total
14

 

Year 2 (Summer/Fall) Courses

Credit

HIM 821
Health Information Systems
3
PT 900 OR
Issues in Motor Control and Motor Learning
3
PT 901
Cultural Diversity and Rehabilitation Issues
2
PT 902
Clinical Science I*
3
PT 903
Clinical Residency Seminar*
1
PT 904
Health Communication: Counseling Patients and Personnel
2
PT 913
Special Topics in Physical Therapy (electives)
2-3
 
Total
14

 

Year 2 (Winter/Spring) Courses

Credit

PT 811 OR PT 894
Evaluative Procedures in Pediatric PT
Dissection Anatomy
2
PT 802 OR
PT 831 OR
PT 836
Developmental Biomechanics
Assistive Technology
Wellness and Exercise
2
HSA 877
Health Care Economics
3
PT 905
Clinical Science II*
2
PT 906
Age, Exercise and Rehabilitation
3
 
Total
14

 

Year 3 (Summer/Fall) Courses

Credit

HSA 811
Fundamentals of Health Policy
3
PT 895 OR
PT 896
Sensory Integrative and Perceptual Motor Disorders
Musculoskeletal Evaluation and Treatment of Spine
3
PT 913
Special Topics in Physical Therapy (electives)
3
NSG 914
Leadership in Health Care
3
 
Total
12

 

Year 3 (Winter/Spring) Courses

Credit

PT 907
Clinical Residency I* (480 clinical hours)
8
PT 908
Complex Clinical Management I*
3
PT 909
Clinical Outcomes Project I*
3
 
Total
14

 

Year 4 (Summer/Fall) Courses

Credit

PT 910
Clinical Residency II* (480 clinical hours)
8
PT 911
Complex Clinical Management II*
3
PT 912
Clinical Outcomes Project II*
3
 
Total
14

 

Total credit hours after entry level degree: 92
Total credit hours after post-professional MS degree: 56


* Core courses
** Required course for Neurological Concentration
*** Required course for Musculoskeleletal Concentration

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