Degree requirements are established by the faculty on recommendation from the Director of Graduate Study and the Academic Standards Committee.
An undergraduate degree must be cleared and posted to the academic record by the time of enrollment.
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 2 semesters of PT integrated clinical experiences and 2 full time clinical experiences.
PT integrated clinical experiences require the student to complete the equivalent of 5 1/2 weeks of work in the on-site clinic. PT fulltime clinical experiences require 32 weeks of work 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 clinical experiences, students must satisfactorily complete all prerequisite coursework and demonstrate appropriate professional behavior. In addition, the student 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.
University of Puget Sound DPT students are required to complete social action/service learning activities and reflections in the first and second years of the PT program.
Continuation toward a Degree in Physical Therapy
Once degree candidacy has been granted, a student is expected to complete all degree requirements within six years. All courses to be counted in the degree must be taken within the six-year period prior to granting the degree.
A student is expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The Academic Standards Committee reviews the record of a degree candidate who earns a cumulative grade point below 3.0 or who receives a grade of C+ or lower in a course. A maximum of two courses with a grade of C or C+ may be counted toward a degree, subject to School approval. Grades of C-, D+, D, D-, F and WF are failing grades and are not used in meeting graduate degree requirements but are computed in the cumulative grade point average. A candidate falling below a 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. A student will not be approved for Clinical Experiences I-II while on academic probation. Schedule for clinical experiences taken out of usual timing will be determined by the DCE and will likely result in delayed graduation.
A candidate failing a course may not register for additional work until this 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 receives a failing grade for the second time in a required course; must repeat more than two required courses; violates the standards of ethical practice observed by the academic and clinical educational programs in physical therapy; or violates university policies regarding academic integrity. A student may petition the Academic Standards Committee to appeal this decision.
In addition, each student must provide his or her own transportation to facilities for clinical experiences, pay a fee for PT full time clinical experiences, and maintain health insurance, immunization, and a current CPR certificate, and maintain current membership in the APTA for the duration of the PT program.