Physical Therapy Program
Physical Therapy at UC
Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program
School of Health Professions and Education
Utica College has approved a new physical therapy curriculum that, among other changes, now requires summer classes. The Department of Education for New York State approved the curriculum on May 1, 2013.
An extensive review of the curriculum was completed during the 2012-2013 academic year. The three year professional program will occur over 9 semesters, including three summer semesters (a common design for most doctoral programs in physical therapy). Enrollment in summer classes will have financial implications and students are encouraged to contact Student Financial Services to understand and plan for the costs associated with this doctoral education.
The curriculum differs from the prior one in design, delivery and total credit hours and was created with a dual purpose: to enhance the educational experience for our students while leading to improved program outcomes. The curriculum integrates traditional instruction with case analysis to guide, stimulate, and challenge student learning, while fostering development as professionals with sound reasoning skills.
Capstone projects under faculty supervision provide opportunities for students to meet the profession’s expectation for students to become consumers of research. A progression of critical inquiry and evidence based practice will result in case reports or systematic reviews.
Students will participate in 30 weeks of full-time clinical education experiences in a variety of settings, working with individuals across the lifespan. The final two semesters (Fall and Spring) in the third year are devoted to clinical education. In addition, four integrated clinical experiences occur during the academic semesters on campus, providing experiential learning in community settings with emphasis on prevention and wellness.
Students will continue in the three year doctoral program and pending successful completion of all program requirements will graduate with the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in the spring semester of the third year.
Doctor of Physical Therapy: Entry Level Program
Proposed dates apply to students entering June 2013
Similar dates anticipated for future cohorts
|Summer 1||June 16, 2014 – August 1, 2014||7 credits|
|DPT 561||Professional Development I: Introduction to Physical Therapy||1|
|DPT 564||Human Gross Anatomy||6|
|Fall 1||Foundations of Physical Therapy||16 credits|
|DPT 582||Clinical Sciences Foundation||3|
|DPT 584||Movement Science||3|
|DPT 588||Prevention, Health Promotion and Wellness||1|
|DPT 589||Caring for the Community I||1|
|Spring 1||Patient Management: Musculoskeletal System||16 credits|
|DPT 591||Professional Development II||2|
|DPT 592||Clinical Sciences: Musculoskeletal System||3|
|DPT 593||Case Analysis: Musculoskeletal System||2|
|DPT 595||Evidence in Clinical Practice I||2|
|DPT 596||Examination/Evaluation of the Musculoskeletal System||3|
|DPT 597||Interventions for the Musculoskeletal System||3|
|DPT 599||Caring for the Community II||1|
|Summer 2||Neuroanatomy and Clinical Education I||10 credits|
|DPT 654||Neuroscience |
May 20, 2014 - June 24, 2014
|DPT 659||Clinical Education I |
July 7 – August 22, 2014 (6 weeks within)
|Fall 2||Patient Management: Neuromuscular System||16 credits|
|DPT 682||Clinical Sciences: Neuromuscular System||3|
|DPT 683||Case Analysis: Neuromuscular System||2|
|DPT 684||Motor Development, Learning and Control||2|
|DPT 685||Evidence in Clinical Practice II||2|
|DPT 686||Examination/Evaluation of the Neuromuscular System||3|
|DPT 687||Interventions for the Neuromuscular System||3|
|DPT 689||Caring for the Community III||1|
|Spring 2||Patient Management: Additional Systems||16 credits|
|DPT 692||Clinical Sciences: Additional Systems||3|
|DPT 693||Case Analysis: Additional Systems||2|
|DPT 695||Evidence in Clinical Practice III – Capstone Experience||2|
|DPT 696||Examination/Interventions: Cardiovascular, Pulmonary, and Other Systems||4|
|DPT 697||Examination/Interventions: Integumentary and Other Systems||4|
|DPT 699||Caring for the Community IV||1|
|Summer 3||Patient Management: Multi-Systems (DATES TBD)||6 credits|
|DPT 751||Professional Development III||3|
|DPT 753||Case Analysis - Clinical Decision Making: Multi-Systems||2|
|DPT 756||Examination/Interventions: Multi-Systems||1|
|Fall 3||Clinical Education||12 credits|
|DPT 779||Clinical Education II||12|
|Spring 3||Clinical Education: Preparation for Transition to Licensed Professional||13 credits|
|DPT 789||Clinical Education III||12|
|DPT 789||Practice Exam and Assessment Tool (PEAT)||1|
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Supplemental Items For PTCAS Applicants ALL DPT Applicants must download, read, sign, and date these three (3) forms:
- the Essential Functions of a Physical Therapist form
- the Disciplinary History form
- the Office of the Professions Statement form
- the Clinical Observation Form
...and return all three to:
Utica College Graduate Admissions
120 White Hall
1600 Burrstone Road
Utica, NY 13502
NOTE: Your application will NOT BE COMPLETE until these signed and dated forms are returned to the Graduate Admissions office.