University of Dayton
Academic Catalog

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

 

Philip A. Anloague, PT, DHSc, OCS, MTC
Program Director

The physical therapist professional education program at the University of Dayton aims to graduate knowledgeable, service-oriented, self-assured, adaptable, reflective practitioners who, by virtue of critical and integrative thinking, lifelong learning, and ethical values, render independent judgments concerning patient/client needs that are supported by evidence; promote the health of the client; and enhance the professional, contextual, and collaborative foundations for practice. The three-year (8 semesters) Physical Therapy Program integrates didactic, hands-on, and clinical experiences that culminate in a practitioner ready for today's state of practice and beyond. The didactic portion of the curriculum is enhanced by 38 weeks of full-time clinical training that is divided into four different clinical rotations providing immediate "real-world" reinforcement for classroom and lab instruction. A primary method of curriculum delivery is problem-based learning (PBL). This case focused, small group learning format facilitates the student's ability to identify, utilize, and manage learning resources and contributes to a smooth transition from the classroom to the clinic. Problem-based learning integrates knowledge and skills from various disciplines to facilitate the development of a reflective practitioner in a manner that emphasizes professional decision-making and the use of critical analysis in problem solving. In order to qualify for admission to the DPT Program, students must have an undergraduate degree and meet admission requirements. Students attend classes on a year round basis.

Clinical Experiences

Students complete 38 weeks of full-time clinical training throughout the curriculum. The first 3 rotations of 6, 8 and 12 weeks respectively follow specific core clinical modules focusing on general medicine, neurology and orthopedics. The final 12 week rotation focuses on a specialty area and is completed just prior to graduation. Clinical training may require travel and students are responsible for all expenses.

Faculty

Six of the seven core faculty hold terminal Doctoral Degrees and five are certified clinical specialists. Our faculty has many years of experience teaching in higher physical therapy education and a rich history of clinical experience, research, and scholarship. Five faculty are currently involved in clinical practice. Adjunct faculty, 69% with Master's or Doctoral degrees and 43% being a board certified clinical specialist, assist with tutorials, labs and specialty lectures.

Requirements:
Core Module 1: Basic Science (16 weeks)17
Care Module 2: Clinical Science (11 weeks)14
General Medicine l (6 weeks) 4.5
General Medicine ll (6 weeks, summer term 1) 5.5
Clinical Module l General Medicine (6 weeks, summer term 2)5
Neurology l (10 weeks) 9
Neurology ll (6 weeks)4.5
Clinical Module ll: Neurology (8 weeks)7
Orthopedics l (9 weeks)8
Clinical Module lll: Orthopedics (12 weeks, summer term 1)10
Orthopedics ll (6 weeks) 4.5
Advanced Therapy l (10 weeks) 10.5
Advanced Therapy ll (5 weeks)5
Clinical Module IV: Contract Clinical (12 weeks) 10
Summation Module (1 week) 2
Total Hours116.5

 

Courses

DPT 805. Physiology I. 4 Hours

FUNCTIONAL PHYSIOLOGY I: INTRO TO PATHOLOGY A - small group, problem based learning course which focuses on the study of human physiological function of the major organ systems including clinical manifestations associated with pathophysiological conditions. Introduction of applied physiology and exercise physiology concepts in musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and pulmonary function. Foundations of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics are also studied in this course.

DPT 806. Physiology II. 2.5 Hours

FUNCTIONAL PHYSIOLOGY II: EXCERCISE PHYSIOLOGY - Advanced concepts of applied physiology and exercise physiology concepts in musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and pulmonary function are studied.

DPT 810. Prof Seminar I. 2 Hours

PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR I: HEALTH CARE - Provides a comparative overview of health care systems and the role of physical therapy. Students learn about the APTA and the development of professional behaviors as they work on personal strategies for integration into the profession. Learning styles are presented and discussed within the context of clinical practice and professional development.

DPT 811. Prof Seminar II. 2 Hours

PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR II: CLINICAL PRACTICE - Designed to introduce the student to clinical practice. Students learn professional communication and documentation skills. Topics include the medical record, personnel supervision, scheduling, legal and ethical issues including sexual harassment, and the cost of service delivery.

DPT 815. Human Gross Anatomy. 5 Hours

HUMAN GROSS ANATOMY - Comprehensive course with lecture and human cadaver dissection, emphasizing the skeletal, muscle, and nervous systems. The aim is to provide a solid morphological basis for a synthesis of anatomy, physiology, and the physical therapy clinical sciences. The lab section involves dissection and identification of structures in the cadaver and the study of charts, models, radiographic anatomy, and projected materials.

DPT 818. Neuroscience. 4.5 Hours

NEUROSCIENCE - Comprehensive course utilizing lecture and active learning methodologies, including labs covering neuroanatomy and physiology of the central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous systems as they pertain to normal somatic function. Basic disease families are introduced.

DPT 820. Movement Science. 4 Hours

MOVEMENT SCIENCE - Comprehensive course with lecture, small group, clinical lab, and dissection, which integrates anatomy, biomechanics, and clinical examination of the spine, trunk, and appendicular muscular system into the evaluation of human movement dysfunction. Students learn basic gait and posture examination skills and develop clinical reasoning to facilitate the development of appropriate therapeutic exercise interventions.

DPT 825. Pharmaco Thrapeutics. 2 Hours

CLINICAL SCIENCE V: CURRENT TECHNOLOGY - Designed to present the general principles of pharmacology in relation to physical therapy practice. Basic concepts of drug therapy, nomenclature, and drug safety are introduced. Pharmacokinetic principles including drug administration, absorption, distribution, action, and interaction are reviewed as they relate to physical therapy and rehabilitation.

DPT 840. Clinical Science I. 2 Hours

CLINICAL SCIENCE I: TISSUE INJURY & REPAIR - This course presents basic principles of tissue injury, inflammation, healing, repair, and regeneration as related to physical therapy rehabilitation. Medical and specific surgical interventions are identified to provide the clinical presentation and intervention strategies for given dysfunctions.

DPT 841. Clinical Science II. 2.5 Hours

CLINICAL SCIENCE II: INTRO TO MEDICAL DIAGNOSTICS - Designed to provide knowledge and the appropriate screening tools necessary for examining and intervening with clients in the physical therapy setting. The medical examination/evaluation is presented including the patient interview, identification of red flags or risk factors, symptom investigation, and review of systems. Medical diagnostic modalities are discussed with focus on radiology, MRI, CT, diagnostic US, and EMG.

DPT 842. Clinical Science III. 1 Hour

CLINICAL SCIENCE III: MODALITIES I - Comprehensive course including lab principles and practice of thermotherapy and cryotherapy procedures. Problem-solving approach to clinical decision making is integrated into the application of hydrotherapy, aquatic therapy, superficial and deep heat modalities, and cold modalities.

DPT 843. Clinical Science IV. 1 Hour

CLINICAL SCIENCE IV: MODALITIES II - Comprehensive course including lab principles and practice of physical therapy modalities with focus on electrotherapy procedures. Problem-solving approach to clinical decision making is integrated into the application of modalities, including electrotherapy procedures in patient populations across the life span.

DPT 846. Maturation Science I. 1.5 Hour

MATURATION SCIENCE I - Comprehensive course including clinical lab, which is designed to examine human development and maturation from conception to aging. Emphasis is placed on the recognition of appropriate neurological, cognitive, motor, and psychosocial characteristics related to various states of growth, development, and maturation.

DPT 847. Maturatn Science II. 1 Hour

MATURATION SCIENCE II - Continuation of DPT 846 with further study of the maturational influences on therapeutic intervention. Students learn clinical examination and reasoning skills required for physical therapy intervention throughout the life span. Students are introduced to congenital developmental and age-related pathologies.

DPT 910. Prof Seminar III. 1 Hour

PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR III: LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT A - seminar course with increased emphasis on business and management principles. Students will be asked to correlate didactic information learned to this point with information obtained from clinical fieldwork. Documentation review will be performed with emphasis on the management perspective. Updates on healthcare reform and impact on physical therapy as a business will be a focus area. Students will learn self-marketing techniques to optimize the employment search. Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of all prior course work as outlined in the University of Dayton DPT curriculum.

DPT 911. Prof Seminar IV. 1.5 Hour

PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR IV: BUSINESS AND MARKETING - Seminar course designed to help the student formulate strategies for professional assessment and development post-graduation. Topics include professional values and responsibilities, expanding your professional options, continuing education, specialty certification, and advanced degrees. Each student participates in a comprehensive program evaluation and does a formal presentation of the graduate project. Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of all prior course work as outlined in the University of Dayton DPT curriculum.

DPT 912. Prof Seminar V. 1 Hour

PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR V: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT - Seminar course designed to help the student formulate strategies for professional assessment and development post-graduation. Topics include professional values and responsibilities, expanding your professional options, continuing education, specialty certification, and advanced degrees. Each student participates in a comprehensive program evaluation and does a formal presentation of the graduate project. Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of all prior course work as outlined in the University of Dayton DPT curriculum.

DPT 940. Clinical Science V. 1 Hour

CLINICAL SCIENCE V: CURRENT TECHNOLOGY - This course is designed to provide the principles and knowledge related to current medical technology and the advancements related to physical therapy. New technologies regarding therapeutic or diagnostic modalities and rehabilitation are studied with focus on the efficacy of these interventions. Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of all prior course work as outlined in the University of Dayton DPT curriculum.

DPT 951. Clinical I. 5 Hours

CLINICAL ROTATION I: GENERAL MEDICINE - Six-week clinical rotation in general medicine to provide full-time clinical exposure, allowing students to integrate current knowledge and training with supervised patient care. Emphasis on continued development of clinical reasoning along with identification and utilization of appropriate clinical resources.

DPT 952. Clinical II. 7 Hours

CLINICAL ROTATION II: NEUROLOGY - This eight-week clinical rotation in rehabilitation will provide full-time clinical exposure, allowing the student to integrate current knowledge and training with supervised patient care. Emphasis is on the continued development of clinical skills and reasoning, along with the development of interpersonal skills as a member of the health care team. Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of all prior course work as outlined in the University of Dayton DPT curriculum.

DPT 953. Clinical III. 4-10 Hours

CLINICAL ROTATION III: ORTHOPEDICS - This 12-week clinical rotation in orthopedics/sports medicine will provide full-time clinical exposure, allowing the student to integrate current knowledge and training with supervised patient care. Emphasis is on the continued development of clinical skills and reasoning, with increasing responsibility for independent decision making and clinical interaction. Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of all prior course work as outlined in the University of Dayton DPT curriculum.

DPT 954. Clinical IV. 10 Hours

CLINICAL ROTATION IV: CONTRACT CLINICAL - This final clinical rotation is designed to allow the student to continue developing clinical skills and reasoning in an area of special interest. Increasing independence in clinical practice is expected, with increased clinical responsibilities in the areas of program development and implementation, as well as administration and clinical management to include staff supervision. Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of all prior course work as outlined in the University of Dayton DPT curriculum.

DPT 961. Pathology Gen Med I. 1.5 Hour

CLINICAL PATHOLOGY: GENERAL MED I - This small group problem-based learning course utilizing patient case scenarios of various general medical, acute care, and postoperative patient case scenarios or pathologies to facilitate the integration of previous knowledge with new learning. Students review and apply basic and clinical science concepts to each case, formulating appropriate physical therapy assessment and treatment strategies. Prerequisite(s): DPT 971, DPT 981.

DPT 962. Pathology Gen Med II. 1.5 Hour

CLINICAL PATHOLOGY: GENERAL MED II - This small group problem-based learning course utilizing patient case scenarios of various advanced general medical, acute care, and postoperative patient case scenarios or pathologies to facilitate the integration of previous knowledge with new learning. Students review and apply basic and clinical science concepts to each case, formulating appropriate physical therapy assessment and treatment strategies. Integration of medical diagnostics, pharmacology, imaging, and factors that lead to medical referral in relation to physical therapy intervention is emphasized. Prerequisite(s): DPT 972, DPT 982.

DPT 963. Pathology Neuro I. 3 Hours

CLINICAL PATHOLOGY: NEUROLOGY I - This small group problem-based learning course utilizes patient case scenarios, describing various neurological pathologies, to facilitate the integration of previous knowledge with new learning. The student will use basic and clinical science principles to formulate appropriate assessment and treatment strategies for the patient with neurological deficits. Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of all prior course work as outlined in the University of Dayton DPT curriculum.

DPT 964. Pathology Neuro II. 1.5 Hour

CLINICAL PATHOLOGY: NEUROLOGY II - This small group problem-based learning course utilizes patient case scenarios of various pediatric pathologies, to facilitate the integration of previous knowledge with new learning. The student will use basic and clinical science principles to formulate appropriate assessment and treatment strategies for pediatric patients. Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of all prior course work as outlined in the University of Dayton DPT curriculum.

DPT 965. Pathology Ortho I. 3 Hours

CLINICAL PATHOLOGY: ORTHO I - This course is taught using the small-group tutorial process. Case scenarios are used to create learning issues. Resolution of learning issues occurs through integration of present knowledge with new learning. New learning occurs through small-group interaction and the students' independent utilization of resources. The emphasis in this course is on continued development of clinical reasoning and clinical decision making as it relates to orthopedic pathologies, with primary focus given to the extremities and secondary focus to the spine. Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of all prior course work as outlined in the University of Dayton DPT curriculum. Corequisite(s): DPT 684; Clinical Skills Lab.

DPT 966. Pathology Ortho II. 1.5 Hour

PATHOLOGY ORTHO II - This small group problem-based learning course utilizing patient case scenarios dealing with differential diagnosis and management of complex orthopedic pathologies to facilitate the integration of previous knowledge with new learning. Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of all prior course work as outlined in the University of Dayton DPT curriculum.

DPT 967. Patholgoy Adv PT I. 3 Hours

CLINICAL PATHOLOGY: ADVANCED THERAPY - This small group problem-based learning course utilizing patient case scenarios of various advanced topics including cardiopulmonary, women's health issues, electrotherapeutics and orthopedic, neurological, and pediatric therapeutic interventions. Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of all prior course work as outlined in the University of Dayton DPT curriculum.

DPT 971L. Skills Lab Gen Med I. 1 Hour

SKILLS LABORATORY: GENERAL MEDICINE I - Designed to facilitate skill acquistion, along with clinical reasoning and decision making as it relates to the physical therapy care and management of the patient with acute medical and postoperative pathology. Students learn physical examination tests and measure, along with therapeutic interventions including electrotherapy modalities appropriate for this population. Prerequisite(s): DPT 961, DPT 981.

DPT 972L. Skills Lb Gen Med II. 1 Hour

SKILLS LABORATORY: GENERAL MEDICINE II - Designed to facilitate skill acquisition, along with clinical reasoning and decision making as it relates to the physical therapy care and management of the patient with acute medical and postoperative pathology. Students expand skills related to physical examination tests and measure as related to medical diagnostics and medical or health care referral. Advanced therapeutic interventions including electrotherapy modalities appropriate for this population is addressed. Prerequisite(s): DPT 962, DPT 982.

DPT 973L. Skills Lab Neuro I. 2 Hours

SKILLS LABORATORY: NEUROLOGY I - This course is designed to assist the student with the development of clinical skills and reasoning essential for the assessment and treatment of patients with neurological pathologies. Therapeutic procedures and protocols appropriate for this patient population will be taught with special considerations regarding patient safety. Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of all prior course work as outlined in the University of Dayton DPT curriculum.

DPT 974L. Skills Lab Neuro II. 1 Hour

SKILLS LABORATORY: NEUROLOGY II - Designed to facilitate skill acquisition along with clinical reasoning and decision making as it relates to the physical therapy care and management of the pediatric patient. Students learn physical examination tests and measures along with therapeutic interventions appropriate for this population. Therapeutic procedures and protocols appropriate for these patients and taught with special consideration for patient/family needs and education. Prerequisite(s): DPT 964, DPT 984.

DPT 975L. Skills Lab Ortho I. 1.5 Hour

SKILLS LABORATORY: ORTHOPEDICS I - Course description is currently unavailable. This laboratory course is designed to help the student develop clinical skills and reasoning essential to the examination, evaluation, and physical therapy intervention of orthopedic patients. Emphasis is focused on clinical reasoning and clinical skill development as they apply to common extremity and spine pathologies. Skills include: examination techniques, use of modalities, therapedtic exercise, soft tissue techniques, mechanical traction, and articular mobilization. Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of all prior course work as outlined in the University of Dayton DPT curriculum. Corequisite(s): DPT 965, DPT 985.

DPT 976L. Skills Lab Ortho II. 1 Hour

SKILLS LABORATORY: ORTHOPEDICS II - This course is designed to facilitate skill acquisition along with clinical reasoning and decision making as it relates to the physical therapy care and management of orthopedic patients with complex musculoskeletal pathology and dysfunction. Students learn physical examination tests and measures along with therapeutic interventions including electrotherapy modalities appropriate for this population. Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of all prior course work as outlined in the University of Dayton DPT curriculum.

DPT 977L. Skills Lab Adv PT I. 2 Hours

SKILLS LABORATORY: ADVANCED PHYSICAL THERAPY I - This course is designed to facilitate skill acquisition along with clinical reasoning and decision making as it relates to the physical therapy care and management of various advanced topics including cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, women's health issues, manual therapy stategies, electrotherapeutics as well as orthopedic, neurological, and pediatric therapeutic interventions. Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of all prior course work as outlined in the University of Dayton DPT curriculum.

DPT 981. Seminar Gen Med I. 1 Hour

CLINICAL ISSUES SEMINAR GENERAL MED II - Presentation/discussion of comprehensive issues related to physical therapy management of the general medical and postoperative patients. Topics include diabetes, wound care, universal precautions, medical diagnostics, amputees, arthroplasticty, treatment of the terminally ill patient, pharmacology, and durable medical equipment. Prerequisite(s): DPT 961, DPT 971.

DPT 982. Seminar Gen Med II. 1 Hour

CLINICAL ISSUES SEMINAR GENERAL MED II - Presentation/discussion of comprehensive issues related to physical therapy management of advanced topics related to the general medical and postoperative patients. Topics include the diagnoses related to the integumentary system, cardiopulmonary, oncology, vestibular dysfunction as well as the primary care for the adolescent, obstetric, work-injured, and geriatric populations. Prerequisite(s): DPT 962, DPT 972.

DPT 983. Seminar Neuro I. 2 Hours

CLINICAL ISSUES SEMINAR: NEUROLOGY I - Presentation/discussion of comprehensive issues related to physical therapy management of the patient with neurological dysfunction. Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of all prior course work as outlined in the University of Dayton DPT curriculum.

DPT 984. Seminar Neuro II. 1 Hour

CLINICAL ISSUES SEMINAR: NEUROLOGY II - Presentation/discussion of comprehensive issues related to physical therapy management of the pediatric patient. Topics include treatment within a variety of settings including school-based, hospital-based, private practice, and home care; psychosocial issues relating to the patient and family; funding; documentation; and pharmacological management. Prerequisite(s): DPT 964, DPT 974.

DPT 985. Seminar. 2 Hours

CLINICAL ISSUES SEMINAR: ORTHO I - This seminar course focuses on comprehensive and complex issues related to physical therapy management of the orthopedic patient, including: application of biomechanical principles to movement and therapeutic exercise; principles of conditioning; training and therapeutic exercise prescription and rehabilitation; physical therapy management of the post-operative patient; medical diagnostics; documentation; and clinical administration. Students will study the history of manual therapies and current philosophies of patient care. The student will also be given an opportunity to develop interpersonal communication and work ethic skills associated with project development and production and role playing patient simulations. Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of all prior course work as outlined in the University of Dayton DPT curriculum. Corequisite(s): DPT 965, DPT 975.

DPT 986. Seminar Ortho II. 1 Hour

CLINICAL ISSUES SEMINAR: ORTHO II - Seminar presenting/discussing comprehensive issues related to physical therapy management of the complex orthopedic patient with select axial musculoskeletal pathologies. Includes chronic pain management, medical diagnostics, surgical intervention for the spine, differential diagnosis, and age-related pathologies. Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of all prior course work as outlined in the University of Dayton DPT curriculum.

DPT 987. Issues Adv PT I. 3 Hours

CLINICAL ISSUES SEMINAR: ADVANCED THERAPY - Seminar/discussion on issues related to physical therapy care and the profession. Includes preventive health care programs, physical therapy consultation, burn and wound care management, industrial rehabilitation, and sports medicine. Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of all prior course work as outlined in the University of Dayton DPT curriculum.

DPT 988. Practice Electives. 5 Hours

CLINICAL PRACTICE ELECTVIES - Clinical Education Workshops: Concentrated lecture/lab instruction in selected advanced physical therapy patient-care topics including: advanced orthopedics, Back to Golf, MET, manual therapy for lymphedema, advanced NDT, rehabilitation technology, advanced prosthetics, advanced handling for pediatric patients, and orthotic fabrication. Clinical Enrichment Seminars:This seminar/discussion course will address select issues related to physical therapy care and the profession. Topic areas include: cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, women's heath issues, medical management of the complex acute care patient, treatment of patients with terminal illness, and the rehabilitation of patients with burns. Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of all prior course work as outlined in the University of Dayton DPT curriculum.

DPT 991. Research I. 2 Hours

RESEARCH I - An introductory course on research methods and design. Emphasis is placed on introducing statistical models, use of statistical software, experimental design, and the development of critical reasoning skills for reading and evaluating current research literature. Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of all prior course work as outlined in the University of Dayton DPT curriculum.

DPT 992. Research II. 4 Hours

RESEARCH II A - continuation of DPT 991, the focus of this course is on student identification and selection of a research proposal topic. Advanced statistical analysis will be discussed, along with informed consent, writing techniques, funding acquisition, and presentation of findings. Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of all prior course work as outlined in the University of Dayton DPT curriculum.

DPT 993. Research III. 2 Hours

RESEARCH III A - continuation of DPT 991, the focus of this course is student completion of the preliminary text of the graduate project proposal. Remediation of prior materials from DPT 992 will be included for topics not passed at a score of 75% on the Final Exam from Research I. Advanced statistical topics include the use of Intraclass Correlation to determine reliability. Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of all prior course work as outlined in the University of Dayton DPT curriculum.

DPT 994. Research IV. 1 Hour

RESEARCH IV - Integrating research, scholarship, and evidence-based practice. Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of all prior course work as outlined in the University of Dayton DPT curriculum.

DPT 995. Research V. 1 Hour

RESEARCH V - Thesis presentation and board exam preparation (research only). Pass/Fail. Prerequisite(s): DPT 991, DPT 994. Corequisite(s): DPT Summation Module.