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Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy: Curriculum

Curriculum Details

18-19 TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED

Through eight required courses, totaling 18–19 credit hours, take control of the physical therapy process and learn to act as a consultant, educator, administrator, and clinical scholar.

There is one virtual (online) residency at the beginning of the program. The weekend residency is designed to meet a number of needs including networking with your faculty and peers, keynote presentations on relevant industry topics, and familiarization with course content delivery.

The program concludes with a practicum featuring your choice of four focus areas: community health projects, professional in-service, teaching, or preparation for a clinical specialty.

The curriculum course abstracts on this page are meant to provide a high-level course overview and subject to change based on term, faculty, and/or institutional requirements. View the official course descriptions as written in the Utica College Academic Catalog and in adherence to regional compliance. Select the appropriate Graduate Catalog from the dropdown.

REQUIRED TDPT COURSES

Explore the core professional values and roles within the patient/practitioner relationship. You’ll apply disablement models to guide physical therapy diagnosis and to screen for underlying pathology. You’ll also learn the fundamental principles of evidence-based practice and outcomes measurement.

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Explore epidemiology related to physical therapy in primary care. Take a close look at screening and risk stratification to develop exercise programs that promote health and wellness, as well as prevent injury and disease.

Prerequisite: PHT 701

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Examine current perceptions of the influence health policy and professionalism have on physical therapy practice. Learn strategies for fostering leadership within the profession and look at how principles of business management can be applied to physical therapy practice.

Prerequisite: PHT 701

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Learn the fundamentals of diagnostic imaging. From screening and evaluation to diagnosis and prognosis assessment, you’ll study the scientific principles that are the foundation of multiple imaging technologies.

Prerequisite: PHT 701

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Analyze the pathophysiology and related imaging in the practice of physical therapy. Take a close look at the role of imaging data in the diagnosis, differential diagnosis, prognosis and outcome assessment for pathology of specific body systems.

Prerequisite: PHT 701

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Explore the principles of pathophysiology and pharmacology. From the cellular to the systems level, learn about drug actions on the nervous and cardiopulmonary systems, and their therapeutic and adverse responses. You’ll also examine traditional and recent studies about pharmacology in a physical therapist’s practice.

Prerequisite: PHT 701

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Analyze the pathophysiology and pharmacology related to physical therapy, and examine drug action on the musculoskeletal system. Learn to access, evaluate, and apply information during a patient/client evaluation, prognosis, and the determination of physical therapy interventions.

Prerequisites: PHT 701

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Tailored the program’s capstone course to your individual needs and professional interests. Choose education, management, or research as your focus, then plan your individual or group experience with a faculty member.

May be repeated once.

Prerequisite: PHT 701

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