The Physical Therapy program leads to the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. The program prepares candidates for entry-level positions as practicing physical therapists. Physical therapists practice as independent practitioners in the health care environment.
Degree requirements are established by the faculty on recommendation from the Director of Graduate Study and the Academic Standards Committee.
All courses required for physical therapy must be completed with a grade of C or better. The PT courses are listed below in the course sequence. In addition, students must receive a passing grade for 3 semesters of PT integrated clinical experiences and 3 full time clinical internships.
PT Integrated clinical experiences require the student to complete the equivalent of 6 weeks of work in the on-site clinic. PT full-time clinical internships require 36 weeks of full-time clinical internship under supervision of licensed physical therapists in clinical facilities that hold an Extended Campus Agreement with the Physical Therapy program. To be eligible to participate in off-campus internships, students must satisfactorily complete all prerequisite coursework and demonstrate appropriate professional behavior. In addition, students must undergo annual criminal background checks through Certifiedbackground.com prior to placement in off-campus clinical experiences. Students whose criminal background checks are deemed unsatisfactory may be denied access to clinical experiences in certain clinical facilities. The PT program may also deny a student access to the on-site clinic based on the findings in a criminal background check. Failure to complete the clinical education component of the program will prevent a student from graduating from the program.
A candidate failing a course may not register for additional work until the course is repeated for a successful grade. All DPT program courses are offered once in an academic year. Failing a course will therefore result in the student being placed on an academic leave of absence for one semester. The student will enroll and repeat the failed course for a grade. The student will be required to pay a per unit tuition and will not be eligible for financial aid during this semester. The student will resume full-time coursework in the next semester.
A student will be unable to continue in the program or enroll in Physical Therapy courses if the student: a) receives a failing grade for the second time in a required course; b) must repeat more than two required courses; c) violates the standards of ethical practice observed by the academic and clinical educational programs in physical therapy; or d) violates university policies regarding academic integrity. A student may petition the Academic Standards Committee to appeal this decision.