Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

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(Seeking Accreditation from CAPTE) 

The DPT program is currently seeking accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE*).

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School of Health Professions
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Physical Therapists
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Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is to educate and form entry level Doctor of Physical Therapy practitioners in a faith-based academic community. Students are educated to become skilled, ethical servant leaders who are valued contributors to the health professions and to the community.

Program Goals

As a premier health professional education program, the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University will meet the following program goals:

  1. The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program will achieve a two-year average graduation rate of greater than 85%.
  2. The Program graduates will have a two-year average ultimate licensure exam pass rate of greater than 90%.
  3. The Program graduates will sustain a first-time licensure exam pass rate of greater than the national average.
  4. The Program graduates will have a two-year average employment rate of greater than 95% among graduates who are actively seeking employment in the field of physical therapy within one year of graduation.
  5. As a community-engaged campus, 85% of the program faculty and students will be engaged in service to the community and profession at the institutional, local, state and/or national levels on an annual basis.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Upon completion of the DPT program graduates will be able to:

  1. Practice in a manner that meets legal standards and demonstrates ethical action and decision-making.
  2. Utilize best evidence in making sound clinical judgments, as well as create scholarly material through scientific inquiry.
  3. Apply entry-level knowledge and skills in the examination and evaluation of patients and clients to formulate accurate physical therapy diagnoses.
  4. Create effective, evidence-based intervention plans that optimize an individual’s physical and emotional well-being and participation in society.
  5. Administer effective physical therapy services through communication, interdisciplinary collaboration, servant-leadership and sound business acumen as autonomous, reflective practitioners in an ever-changing healthcare environment.

Admission Requirements

In order to be considered for admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University, the following admission requirements must be met:

  • Successfully earn a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution prior to the first day of scheduled classes in the DPT program.
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a calculated GPA of 3.0 in all math and science courses. All math and science courses (not just prerequisite requirements) will be included in the computing the math/science GPA)
  • Successful completion of all pre-requisite courses with ‘C’ or better, inclusive of:
    • General Biology and lab (8 credit hours)
    • Upper level Biology or Chemistry (3000 level or above) (3 credit hours)
    • General Chemistry and lab (8 credit hours)
    • Human Anatomy (3 credit hours)
    • Human Physiology (3 credit hours)
    • General Physics  (8 credit hours)
    • Math [Algebra or higher] (6 credit hours)
    • Statistics (3 credit hours)
    • General Psychology (3 credit hours)
    • Upper Level Psychology [preferably Child/Developmental Psychology and/or Abnormal Psychology] (3 credit hours)
    • General English Composition/Writing (6 credit hours)
    • Upper Level English Composition/Writing [3000 level or above]  (3  credit hours)
    • Medical Terminology (1 credit hour)
  • Graduate Record Exam (>/= 290) on all 3 portions
  • 100 hours of observation of clinical practice by a licensed physical therapist in at least two different settings
  • 2 letters of recommendation (one must be a licensed physical therapist and one should be from an employer or professor

Program Application & Resources

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Accreditation

The DPT program is currently seeking accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE*).

* Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on December 1, 2017. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

Program Curriculum

YEAR 1
Fall

Course Type

Course Number

Course Name

Credit hours

Lec/Lab

DPTH 7411

Structural and Functional Anatomy I

4

Lec

DPTH 7413

Human Physiology I

4

Lec/Lab

DPTH 7315

Neuroanatomy

3

Lec/Lab

DPTH 7321

Foundations of Clinical Science I

3

Lec

DPTH 7331

Professionalism in Physical Therapy I

3

Lab/Seminar

DPTH 7961

Physical Therapy Seminar I

1

                                                 Semester Credit Hours

18

Spring

Lec/Lab

DPTH 7412

Structural and Functional Anatomy II

4

Lec

DPTH 7314

Human Physiology II

3

Online

HPGC 6315*

Biostatistics

3

Lec/Lab

DPTH 7322

Foundations of Clinical Science II

3

Lec

HPGC 6125*

Physical Therapy Ethics and Medical Law

1

Lec

DPTH 7232

Professionalism in Physical Therapy II

2

Lab/Seminar

DPTH 7962

Physical Therapy Seminar II

1

                                                 Semester Credit Hours

17

Summer

Lec/Lab

DPTH 7324

Foundational Science of Human Movement

3

Lec

DPTH 7316

Development Across the Lifespan

3

Lec/Lab

DPTH 7223

Foundations of Clinical Science III

2

Lec

DPTH 7217

Pharmacology and Radiology in Physical Therapy

2

                                                 Semester Credit Hours

10

YEAR 2
Fall

Lec/Lab

DPTH 7451

Orthopedic Physical Therapy I

4

Lec/Lab

DPTH 7453

Neurologic Physical Therapy I

4

Lec/Lab

DPTH 7255

Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy

2

Lec/Lab

DPTH 7225

Physical Therapy Interventions

2

Online

HPGC 6320*

Research Methods in the Health Sciences

3

Lec

DPTH 7233

Professionalism in Physical Therapy III

2

Lab/Seminar

DPTH 7963

Physical Therapy Seminar III

1

                                                 Semester Credit Hours

18

Spring

Lec/Lab

DPTH 7452

Orthopedic Physical Therapy II

4

Lec/Lab

DPTH 7454

Neurologic Physical Therapy II

4

Lec/Lab

DPTH 7256

Integumentary Physical Therapy

2

Lec/Lab

DPTH 7257

Rehabilitation with Prosthetics and Orthotics

2

Lec

DPTH 7334

Physical Therapy Administration

3

Ind Study

DPTH 7741

Scholarly Project I

1

Lab/Seminar

DPTH 7964

Physical Therapy Seminar IV

1

                                                 Semester Credit Hours

17

Summer

Clinical

DPTH 7791

Professional Practice I

3

Lec/Lab

DPTH 7158

Wellness in Physical Therapy Practice

1

                                                 Semester Credit Hours

4

YEAR 3
Fall

Clinical

DPTH 7792

Professional Practice II

5

Ind Study

DPTH 7742

Scholarly Project II

1

TBD

TBD

Elective I

2

                                                 Semester Credit Hours

8

Spring

Clinical

DPTH 7793

Professional Practice III

5

Ind Study

DPTH 7743

Scholarly Project III

1

TBD

TBD

Elective II

2

                                                 Semester Credit Hours

8

Total Program
100 Credits