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Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), 3-Year

D'Youville students working in a physical therapy lab.

Our program combines traditional coursework with clinical fieldwork, graduate-level research, and online learning over the course of nine consecutive semesters.

Overview & Distinctions

Overview

As a physical therapist you'll help people regain function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities to improve movement and the human experience.

If you’ve already earned your bachelor’s degree, enter our CAPTE-accredited three-year professional program leading to a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. This demanding program combines traditional coursework with clinical fieldwork, graduate-level research, and online learning over the course of nine consecutive semesters, allowing you to complete the program in as little as three years.

Physical therapists are in demand in nearly every healthcare setting and are poised to take on an even larger role as our population ages and awareness about the benefits of exercise and good health continues to increase. If you're interested in a career that's both fulfilling and has enormous opportunities for growth, becoming a physical therapist might be exactly what you've been looking for. 

Why Choose D'Youville?

  • Our CAPTE-accredited program has a proven track record of success, with 100% of our graduates finding employment in the field of physical therapy within six months of graduation.
  • Studies show that teamwork across clinical specialties improves patient outcomes. D'Youville's unique interdisciplinary education lab offers the opportunity for you to practice treating patients (played by actors) alongside a team of students from 7 other healthcare majors at D'Youville — all under the supervision of a skilled instructor. 
  • Learn from professionals who are vanguards in their fields. The vast majority (80%) of our clinical labs and lectures are taught by full-time clinical faculty - many hold advanced specialist certifications in their areas of practice.
  • D'Youville has developed relationships with 300 clinical fieldwork sites in a wide array of settings, facilities, and treatment protocols. And as you conduct your fieldwork, you’ll be constantly supported by participating in the online discussion that runs concurrently with your clinical experiences.
  • If you’re interested in how horses can be used as a treatment approach, D’Youville offers an elective course in hippotherapy and opportunities to volunteer through our Student Hippotherapy Club.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Criteria

Applicants to D'Youville's Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program must submit a graduate application and will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Evidence of completion of 60 or more hours of work with a vulnerable population (e.g. children, individuals who are socio/economically disadvantaged, clinical populations, individuals with disabilities)
  • Two letters of recommendation addressing leadership potential and the ability to work with others
  • Submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score from GRE exam taken no greater than five years prior to application filing
  • Evidence of capability to succeed in a graduate program, as shown by a cumulative undergraduate G.P.A. of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Evidence of completion of all prerequisite courses completed with a grade of B or better with a minimum prerequisite G.P.A. of 3.20
  • A willingness to conform to published college and program policies 

Prerequisite Courses

Applicants to Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program must complete the following prerequisite courses equivalent to the following D'Youville courses:

Math and Natural Sciences
Two 3 credit courses in human based science or applied science
One course in human anatomy with lab
One course in human physiology with lab (May be two courses in human anatomy and physiology with labs)
Two courses in chemistry with labs
Two courses in physics with labs
One course in statistics
Social and Behavioral Sciences
One course in Psychology

Use the Online Course Equivalency database to see whether the courses you've taken at other institutions can be counted towards a degree at D'Youville. 

International students whose primary language is not English:

Submission of TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score (students must achieve a minimum score of 600 written or 250 computer based on the TOEFL) or completion of D'Youville's Intensive English Program.

Technical Standards (All Applicants)

Because of the number of essential psychomotor competencies and level of communication and clinical decision-making requirements of clinical fieldwork, the following technical standards are applied to all applicants and matriculants, including:

  • Community-level mobility over a three city-block area with or without accommodation of ambulation or mobility aid;
  • From a seated position, the ability to lift an object (equivalent to a 10lb sack of potatoes) a vertical height of 16 inches and replace it with precision to its initial resting position without accommodation;
  • The ability to turn over five small disks equivalent to the size of five quarters with hand precision and efficiency without vision of the disks and without accommodation;
  • The ability to orally communicate a grammatically correct and cogent interpretation of a common proverb with a time period of three minutes. Interpretation should describe the general meaning of the proverb rather than literal meaning;
  • The ability to fluently and sequentially describe and efficiently demonstrate the motor planning required to perform a familiar task such as tying one's shoe or wrapping a package. 

PTCAS Application

The Physical Therapy Department at D'Youville is participating in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service, known as PTCAS.  Applicants to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program for the 2017 entering class must apply online through the PTCAS application. To apply to D'Youville's DPT program visit PTCAS at www.ptcas.org.

  • Application Completion Deadline: December 1, for summer semester start

Curriculum

Curriculum

Physical Therapy Degree: Doctor of Physical Therapy
Degree: D.P.T.

Course Requirements for the Professional Phase

In the specific area of concentration:

Course Number Course Name Credits
BIO 639

Human Gross Anatomy

This is a lecture and laboratory course in human gross anatomy, which uses cadaver dissection and other materials illustrative of human anatomy. Emphasis is placed on the anatomy of skeletal muscles, including their bony attachments, nerve and blood supply, and functions in movements. Additional dissections involve a survey of abdominal and thoracic organs, anatomy of the head and contents of the cranial cavity.

Prerequisites: BIO-639L, (BIO-507L BIO-508L) or (BIO-107 BIO-107L BIO-108 BIO-108L) or (BIO-317 BIO-317L) or (BIO-517 BIO-517L) or equivalent.

6.0
BIO 639L

Gross Anat Lab

This is a lecture and laboratory course in human gross anatomy, which uses cadaver dissection and other materials illustrative of human anatomy. Emphasis is placed on the anatomy of skeletal muscles, including their bony attachments, nerve and blood supply, and functions in movements. Additional dissections involve a survey of abdominal and thoracic organs, anatomy of the head and contents of the cranial cavity.

Prerequisites: None

0.0
GRA 601

Research Methodology and Design

This course reviews and critically analyzes components of research design, including collection of data. Emphasis is placed on the professional as producer and consumer of research.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
PT 500

Essential Skills I

This course introduces the student to clinical skills essential for practice entry. Students will receive instruction in evaluation skills including manual assessment of muscle strength, joint mobility, vital signs, perceived exertion, transfer training, gait training, use of assistive devices and functional examination including upper and lower quadrant screening. Related concepts include professional communication (verbal and non-verbal); documentation; and patient, family and community education. Format: lecture, discussion, group and individual presentations, with possible fieldwork.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
PT 500L

Essential Skills I Lab

This course introduces the student to clinical skills essential for practice entry. This course presents basic examination, evaluation skills and intervention strategies for management of patients with emphasis on subacute level of care. Students will receive instruction in examination skills including evaluation of muscle strength, joint mobility, vital signs, perceived exertion, transfer training, gait assessment and training, and functional examination including upper and lower quadrant screening. Lab experiences include skill development in goniometric, manual muscle testing, vital signs, perceived exertion, positioning, draping, transfer and gait training and wheelchair measurement and mobility. Fieldwork experiences may be included.

Prerequisites: None

1.0
PT 502

Pathophysiology for Physical Therapists

Knowledge of the pathology of disease has always stood as one of the fundamental prerequisites to safe and effective health care practice. This course is an introduction to the basic principles of human pathology with emphasis on disease processes and their pathophysiology, etiology, and signs and symptoms. This course will familiarize the student with how the systems of the body function and malfunction in disease with regard to healing, inflammation, infection, immune response, and neoplasia. Most importantly, you will learn the implications of these pathologic conditions on the physical therapist.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
PT 503

Clinical Orientation Seminar I

This administrative course is presented in a seminar format and is essential for the planning and management of the Clinical Education portion of the physical therapy curriculum. Policies and procedures will be reviewed as will the Clinical Education Manual. Topics of relevance to the clinical education portion of the program will be discussed. Clinical site selection for Clinical Fieldwork I (PT 574) and Clinical Fieldwork II (PT 674) will take place during this course.

Prerequisites: None

0.0
PT 504

Clinical Orientation Seminar II

This administrative course is presented in a seminar format and is essential for the administration of the Clinical Education portion of the physical therapy curriculum. Policies and procedures for clinical education will be reviewed. Topics of relevance to the clinical education portion of the program will be discussed. APTA Clinical Performance Instrument will be introduced. Preparation for clinical fieldwork in PT 574 and the clinical selection process for PT 574 and PT 674 will occur in this class.

Prerequisites: None

0.0
PT 505

Intro PT and Health Care Systems

This course introduces the student to knowledge essential for practice entry. Discussion topics include health care systems (dominant and world models), definition of the health care professional in general, and specifically the P.T., including the scope of practice, the APTA, Standards of Practice, the Practice Guide, and Code of Ethics. Class discussions are an important part of this class.

Prerequisites: None

2.0
PT 506

Physiology of Therapeutic Exercise

This is the didactic portion of PT 506. The contemporary physical therapist utilizes exercise as a therapeutic agent in the clinical management of a variety of pathological conditions. The student requires a firm and comprehensive foundation in current exercise-related knowledge and concepts which provide the scientific bases for rational evaluation of relevant physiological parameters in patients, and for the design, monitoring and modification of specific exercise training procedures devised for dysfunctional conditions. The major objective of this course is to introduce the physiological bases for exercise. The emphasis will be on the study of normal human movement. The latest scientific and theoretical information will be examined. The course includes didactic and small group experiences.

Prerequisites: None

2.0
PT 506L

Physiology of Therapeutic Exercise Lab

This is the laboratory component of PT 506. The contemporary physical therapist utilizes exercise as a therapeutic agent in the clinical management of a variety of pathological conditions. The student requires a firm and comprehensive foundation in current exercise-related knowledge and concepts which provide the scientific bases for rational evaluation of relevant physiological parameters in patients, and for the design, monitoring and modification of specific exercise training procedures devised for dysfunctional conditions. The major objective of this course is to introduce the physiological bases for exercise. The emphasis will be on the study of normal human movement. The latest scientific and theoretical information will be examined. The course involves laboratory experiences.

Prerequisites: None

1.0
PT 510

Essential Skills II

This course, in conjunction with knowledge and skills acquired in Essential Skills I, introduces clinical skills essential for practice entry. Practice competencies will include but are not limited to integumentary assessment (e.g. wound care), the therapeutic use of electro-modalities, massage, edema control, and functional exercise. Demonstration of competency in essential clinical skills emphasizes maintaining a safe and therapeutic environment, professional communication and behaviors, and effective client education. Format: lecture and small group tutorial.

Prerequisites: None

2.0
PT 510L

Essential Skills II Lab

Practice competencies will include but are not limited to the therapeutic use of electro-modalities, massage, wound management, edema control, and functional activity assessments. Demonstration of competency in essential clinical skills emphasizes maintaining a safe and therapeutic environment, professional communication and behaviors, and effective client education. Format: lab and field observations.

Prerequisites: None

1.0
PT 513

Orthopedic Physical Therapy I

The course is designed to develop student skills in the areas of musculoskeletal examination,evaluation and intervention for patients with dysfunction of the spine and/or its related structures. Competencies to be acquired include the ability to effectively: .Identify physical examination procedures related to various spinal abnormalities. .Evaluates examination findings in order to appropriate categorize patients into movement based classification systems and when necessary identify a pathoanatomic diagnosis. .Develop a comprehensive plan of care for client management based on, patient intervention strategies presented will include but are not limited to instruction in techniques for patient education, referral/consultation, manual therapy(thrust and non-thrust manipulation, soft tissue manipulation, muscle energy techniques). Exercise prescription, spinal traction, and indications for use of modalities/physical agents. An understanding of the functional anatomy of spinal structures will be emphasized as they relate to patient management in orthopedics.

Prerequisites: None

2.0
PT 513L

Orthopedic I Lab

This course presents examination,evaluation and intervention strategies for management of clients presenting with musculoskeletal dysfunction of the spine and its related structures. The emphasis of this laboratory is on the development of clinical hands on skills for the effective and efficient performance of client examination, evaluation and interventional strategies as well as the synthesis of examination finding in the implementation of a plan of care. Lab experiences include skill development in specialized manual orthopedic approaches (thrust & non-thrust manipulation). Therapeutic exercise, patient case management, and problem solving techniques founded on evidence-based practice. An emphasis is placed on case-based instruction.

Prerequisites: None

2.0
PT 514

Integumentary Examination & Intervention

This course will provide an in depth examination of the integumentary system including wound healing and risk factors associated with pathology to the integumentary system. Physical therapy examination techniques and interventions are included.

Prerequisites: None

2.0
PT 515

Professional Development I

This course examines the development of effective communication skills that are essential for effective patient/practitioner interaction. Along with verbal and non-verbal skills, this course facilitates self-awareness, multicultural awareness, and awareness of current professional issues as they apply to PT practice, the management of health care, and medico-legal concerns.

Prerequisites: None

1.0
PT 518

Biomechanics and Kinesiology for PT

This is the didactic portion of PT 518. The contemporary physical therapist plays a major role in prevention, evaluation and clinical management of motion dysfunctions associated with developmental disorders and other forms of pathology. Students require a comprehensive understanding of basic biomechanical and kinesological principles as a foundation for analytical investigation of movement-related conditions. Fundamental concepts are progressively integrated with and applied to total body function through laboratory analysis of human posture and complex body motions. Included in this course will be an overview to the science of human movement study. Basic mechanics, biomechanics, kinematics and kinetics will be examined. Kinesiology of normal joints, posture, head, neck and trunk movement will be emphasized. The normal kinesiological aspects of specific joints and movement patterns will be analyzed. Included will be a detailed examination of normal human walking gait as well as pathological gait patterns. This course included lecture experiences.

Prerequisites: None

2.0
PT 518L

Biomechanics and Kinesiology Lab

This is the laboratory portion of PT 518, The contemporary physical therapist plays a major role in prevention, evaluation and clinical management of motion dysfunctions associated with developmental disorders and other forms of pathology. Students require a comprehensive understanding of basic biomechanical and kinesiological principles as a foundation for analytical investigation of movement-related conditions. The course is organized to illustrate general principles of structure and function that can be applied in subsequent study of individual joint complexes. Fundamental concepts are progressively integrated with and applied to total body function through laboratory analysis of human posture and complex body motions. Included in this course will be an overview to the science of human movement study. Basic mechanics, biomechanics,kinematics, kinetics and functional anatomy will be examined. Kinesiology of normal joints,posture, head, neck and trunk movements will be emphasized. Both normal and pathological movement patterns will be analyzed. Included will be a detailed examination of normal human walking gait as well as pathological gait patterns. This courseutilizes experiences.

Prerequisites: None

1.0
PT 519

Lifespan Development

This course examines physical, cognitive, and psychosocial aspects of normal infancy through adolescent human development.

Prerequisites: None

1.0
PT 519L

Lifespan Development Lab

This laboratory section provides the foundation for the understanding of normal development from birth through adolescents. This lab will encompass the assessment of developmental reflexes, righting and equilibrium responses, stages of motor control and fundamental movement patterns. Laboratory experiences include skill development in specialized testing techniques and observation of normal development.

Prerequisites: None

1.0
PT 520

Lifespan Development II

This course examines physical, cognitive, and psychosocial aspects of normal human development from adolescence through end of life as they relate to physical therapy practice. Patient management for prevention, health promotion, fitness and health risks related to aging will be explored.

Prerequisites: None

1.0
PT 520L

Lifespan Development II Lab

This laboratory section provides the foundation for the understanding of functional testing in the field of Geriatrics and experience interactions with individuals in the later stages of life. Laboratory experiences include skill development in specialized testing techniques and observation of and communication with elderly individuals.

Prerequisites: None

1.0
PT 522

Functional Anatomy

This is the didactic portion of PT 512. The physical therapist must have a strong understanding of human anatomy and its relationship to both normal functional movement as well as dysfunction of the neuromusculoskeletal system in order to effectively examine, evaluate, and provide interventions for their clients in a clinical practice setting. This course is organized to build upon the knowledge students acquired in BIO 639: Human Gross Anatomy through a region by region detailed analysis of specific anatomic structures and their function as relates to clinical physical therapy practice. Basic mechanics, biomechanics, kinematics, kinetics and functional anatomy of the spine and its related structures as well as the extremities will be examined. Students will be introduced to normal imaging on plane film x-ray, MRI and CT.

Prerequisites: None

2.0
PT 522L

Functional Anatomy Lab

This is the laboratory component PT 512. The contemporary physical therapist requires advanced skills for the palpation and identification of specific anatomic structures related to the examination, evaluation and application of interventions for the clinical management of clients with neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction. This course is designed to build upon knowledge acquired in BIO 639: Human Gross Anatomy by further developing the students' ability to perform both superficial and deep palpation of selected anatomic structures related to clinical practice in physical therapy. Students are also introduced to basic neuromusculoskeletal examination procedures and their clinical application and interpretation as relates to functional anatomy and normal human movement and structure.

Prerequisites: None

1.0
PT 550

Clinical Neuroscience

An in depth study of the neuroscience of the central and peripheral nervous systems. Clinical conditions and case studies in neurology will be utilized. Laboratory includes examination of neural specimens. Four lecture hours and three laboratory hours.

Prerequisites: None

5.0
PT 550L

Clinical Neuroscience Lab



Prerequisites: None

0.0
PT 552

Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy

This course covers principles and techniques of cardiac and pulmonary intervention. Laboratory experience includes cardiopulmonary assessment, exercise testing and prescription.

Prerequisites: None

2.0
PT 552L

Cardiopulmonary Lab

This course includes principles and techniques of cardiac and pulmonary intervention. Laboratory experience includes cardiopulmonary assessment, exercise testing.

Prerequisites: None

1.0
PT 552S

Cardiopulmonary Seminar

Students work in small groups to address questions addressing prepared cases integrating the areas of cardiopulmonary and neuromuscular physical therapy. Expert clinicians review student responses and offer feedback and comment via web-based communication. Note: This course offering is in modular form delivered as distance learning in conjunction with PT 552 Lecture.

Prerequisites: None

0.0
PT 574

Clinical Fieldwork I

This is the first full-time clinical fieldwork. Its purpose is to provide the student with the opportunity to integrate and apply academic knowledge and clinical skills in a fieldwork experience. Students are provided a supervised clinical experience requiring case management through problem evaluation, goal setting, and therapeutic intervention. The preferred setting is a general hospital or rehabilitation setting that provides a continuum of patient care - (6 weeks, full time fieldwork).

Prerequisites: None

3.0
PT 602

Neurodevelopmental Pediatrics

This course provides the foundation for physical therapy examination and treatment of individuals with emphasis on neurodevelopment and developmental disabilities in the pediatric population. This course explores the examination, evaluation and intervention strategies for the patient with movement dysfunction as a result of neurodevelopmental pathology. Concepts include: family dynamics, multi-setting interventions, advocacy and consultation. Identification of environmental risks will be explored.

Prerequisites: None

2.0
PT 602L

Neurodevelopmental Pediatrics Lab

This laboratory section provides the foundation for performance of the physical therapy examination and treatment of individuals with emphasis on neurodevelopmental and other chronic disabling conditions in a pediatric population. This lab will encompass examination, evaluation, and intervention for the patient with neurodevelopmental system pathology. Laboratory experiences include skill development in specialized techniques, patient case management and problem solving techniques.

Prerequisites: None

1.0
PT 604

Clinical Orientation Seminar III

This seminar covers the administration of the clinical portion of the PT curriculum. The class will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the clinical experience and the Clinical Performance Instrument (CPI) as well as the new CPI web-based tool that is used as the evaluation tool by their clinical instructors. The development of the clinical instructor is introduced. Selection of the third clinical fieldwork placement (PT 675) will occur. Clinical professional preparation for the fieldwork experiences (PT 674 and 675) will also be included in this administrative course.

Prerequisites: None

0.0
PT 606

Neuromuscular Assessment

This course provides the foundation for physical therapy examination and treatment of individuals with emphasis on neuromuscular and other chronic disabling conditions in an adult population. This course explores the examination, evaluation, and intervention strategies for the patient with movement dysfunction as a result of neuromuscular system pathology. Concepts include the following: theory and evidence based intervention strategies, patient education, multi-disciplinary care, family dynamics, multi-setting interventions, and consultation.

Prerequisites: None

2.0
PT 606L

Neuromuscular Assessment Lab

This laboratory section provides the foundation for performance of the physical therapy examination and treatment of individuals with emphasis on neuromuscular and other chronic disabling conditions in an adult population. This lab will encompass examination, evaluation, and intervention for the patient with neuromuscular system pathology. Laboratory experience includes cranial nerve testing, neuromuscular therapeutic handling techniques, and therapeutic exercise prescription for a neurologic patient population.

Prerequisites: None

1.0
PT 613

Orthopedic Physical Therapy II

The course is designed to develop student skills in the areas of musculoskeletal examination, evaluation and intervention for patients with dysfunction of the extremities and their related structures. Competencies to be acquired include the ability to effectively plan all components of the physical examination, evaluate examination findings, develop a functional and medical diagnosis when appropriate, and identify appropriate interventions necessary to address patient impairments, functional limitations and disabilities. Intervention strategies presented will include manual therapy, exercise prescription, and modalities/ physical agents. An understanding of the functional anatomy of peripheral structures will be emphasized as they relate to patient management in orthopedics

Prerequisites: None

2.0
PT 613L

Orthopedic II Lab

This course is designed to develop student skills in the areas of clinical examination/ evaluation and intervention for the comprehensive management of individuals with musculoskeletal dysfunction related to pain syndromes, post-operative diagnoses, and degenerative processes. Lab experiences include instruction in problem solving strategies and hands-on assessment and treatment techniques as well as the development and implementation of specific exercise programs.

Prerequisites: None

2.0
PT 614

Community Health & Wellness

The course will cover concepts of prevention, health, wellness, health promotion and education in physical therapy practice. Analysis of personal health behaviors and the role of physical therapists in promotion and planning of personal and community health programs, and population health initiatives will also be included. Content includes models of health promotion, health beliefs, needs assessment, health screening, and community health planning/ implementation/evaluation. Application of prevention and wellness strategies within the scope of physical therapy practice is explored. Goals of the World Health Organization and Health People 2020 will be examined as they related to health and wellness, particularly physical activity and nutrition.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
PT 615

Professional Development II

This course builds on knowledge and development of effective clinical communication skills that were established in PT 515. Along with advancement of clinical verbal and non-verbal skills development,this course facilitates increased awareness and sensitivity of multicultural issues as well as discussion of how current professional issues influence PT practice, delivery and management of health care.

Prerequisites: None

1.0
PT 618

Rehabilitation II

This course discusses the physical therapy patient/client management of adult individuals with neuromuscular disorders throughout the continuum of care. Related pathologies include peripheral vascular disease, amputations, rheumatoid arthritis, post-polio syndrome, vestibular dysfunction, spinal cord injury, and chronic progressive disorders of the nervous system and integumentary system. PT intervention/prescription of prosthetic/orthotic devices for adults will also be examined. Emphasis will be placed on the PT roles of educator, advocate and consultant in various rehabilitation settings including subacute/long-term care and the home. Case management topics include rehabilitation of clients with multiple medical, cognitive and/or social problems, and long-term management of selected neuromuscular and integumentary disorders.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
PT 618L

Rehabilitation Lab II

This course allows application of the physical therapy patient/client management of adult individuals with neuromuscular disorders throughout the continuum of care. Related pathologies include, peripheral vascular disease, amputations, rheumatoid arthritis, post-polio syndrome, and spinal cord injury and chronic progressive disorders of the nervous system and integumentary system. Emphasis is placed on developing and implementing examinations and treatment interventions appropriate to PT management.

Prerequisites: None

2.0
PT 627

Application of Research Methods in PT

This course prepares students to critically analyze and apply theory and scientific evidence to clinical practice. Students synthesize related theory and published research to present a rationale for evidence-based physical therapist practice. Course activities include lectures and seminars (both small group and computer-based) in which students pose clinically relevant research questions, conduct a systematic literature review and perform critical analysis of research studies. Introduction to ethical issues and protection of human subjects as part of research will be discussed. Students will prepare a mock IRB submission for a hypothetical study based on a clinically relevant research question. Students are also introduced to professional literature addressing economics analysis of outcomes. Format:lecture and seminar. Program required courses.

Prerequisites: None

4.0
PT 627L

App of Research Methods in PT Lab



Prerequisites: None

0.0
PT 628

Research Seminar

This seminar is conducted through small group discussions concerning critically appraised topics (CAT)required of students to complete a doctor of physical therapy degree. students will search for and appraise literature pertinent to their CAT project,explore the economic evaluation literature,as it informs reimbursement policy and clinical practice guidelines, learn the basics of grant writing as well as publically disseminate their findings.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
PT 748

Differential Diagnosis

The content of this course is designed to prepare both physical therapy students and practicing physical therapists to function as primary care providers within the field of physical therapy. Participants in this course will learn to identify key indicators of systemic pathology in order to assist in the development of a differential diagnosis and thus identify the necessity of direct physical therapy intervention or the need for referral to other health care providers. Participants will also be introduced to the basic skills necessary to identify the indications forradiographic and hematological testing as well as the clinical interpretation of data obtained from these tests.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
PT 674

Fieldwork II

This is the second full-time clinical fieldwork. Its purpose is to provide the student with the opportunity to integrate and apply academic knowledge and clinical skills in a fieldwork experience. Students are provided a supervised clinical experience requiring case management through problem evaluation, goal setting, and therapeutic intervention. The preferred setting is a facility that provides a continuum of patient care in differing venues.

Prerequisites: None

4.0
PT 675

Clinical Fieldwork III

This is the third clinical fieldwork. Its purpose is to continue to provide the student with the opportunity to integrate and apply academic knowledge and clinical skills in a fieldwork experience. Students are provided a supervised clinical experience requiring case management through problem evaluation, goal setting, and therapeutic intervention. The preferred setting is a facility that provides a continuum of patient care in differing venues.

Prerequisites: None

4.0
PT 701

Clinical Decision in Therapeutic Exercise

This course will develop the theoretical basis and clinical application of therapeutic exercise commonly used by physical therapists.Specific course content will include indications, precautions and contraindications and principles and procedures for applying various types of therepeutic exercise interventions. Clinical reasoning, evidence based practice,and independent learning will be fostered through traditional lectures, group discussions and group presentations. Students will be required to apply and integrate knowledge learned from any preceding physical therapy coursework and clinical fieldwork experiences. Critical analysis of clinical scenarios will be incorporated into course.

Prerequisites: None

2.0
PT 701L

Clinical Decision in Therapeutic Exercise Lab

The course is the lab component of PT 701 which will offer clinical application of therapeutic exercise commonly used by physical therapists. Specific coure content will include indications precautions and contraindications and principles and procedures for applying various types of therapeutic exercise interventions. Clinical reasoning, evidence based practice,and independent learning will be fostered through lab,seminar and group discussions. Students will be required to apply and integrate knowledge learned from any preceding physical therapy coursework and clinical fieldwork experiences. Critical analysis of clinical scenarios will be incorporated into course.

Prerequisites: None

1.0
PT 703

Education Advocacy Consultation

This seminar course is designed to advance client educator skills and explore advocacy and consultative roles within the context of rehabilitative science. Once students have knowledge of the applied theory and concepts related to these roles, they present and peer-review applications of this knowledge. Format: hybrid – on campus seminars and community based activities.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
PT 709

Business Management Strategies for Physical Therapists

This course will introduce relevant health care business management concepts and tools along with the most current legislative issues affecting physical therapy practice in the United States. Students will develop a basic foundation for business management strategies and professional issues needed in order to lead clinical operations of physical therapy in a variety of healthcare settings including the demand for both clinical and business excellence in the future of the physical therapy profession.

Prerequisites: None

2.0
PT 725

Clinical Fieldwork IV

This is the fourth of four clinical fieldwork experiences in the D.P.T. program. Its purpose is to provide the student with(a) the opportunity to integrate and apply academic knowledge and clinical skills in a fieldwork experience in either an area of clinical practice that is new to the student or one that provides learning opportunities to advance previous learning achievement, and (b) to pursue an individual learning plan. Students are provided a supervised clinical experience requiring case management through problem evaluation, goal setting and therapeutic intervention, as well as the opportunity to explore management and administrative roles of the physical therapist. The preferred setting is a facility that provides a continuum of patient care in a venue related to the student's individual professional development plan.

Prerequisites: None

5.0
PT 799

NPTE Examination Preparation

This administrative course assists student in self-assessment of learning with preparation and practice to take the National Physical Therapy Examination upon graduation from the program. The NPTE is a 200 question, 4 hour computer-based examination which summatively evaluates a graduate's safety and competency to be licensed in the profession. This course provides the framework for one practice attempt simulating the 200-question, computer-based exam needed for licensure serving as a formative self-assessment from which each student will develop an individualized study/review plan facilitated by selected review sessions monitored by program faculty based on the analyses of the pre-test.

Prerequisites: None

0.0
PT-XXX

One Graduate Elective/Practicum/Study

Choose one Graduate Elective, Practicum or Directed Study.
5
Total 107

Careers

Careers

Our program prepares you for general physical therapy practice where you’ll work to improve movement with patients whose functionality is impaired by injuries or disease. 

A Physical Therapist's Role

Your role as a practicing physical therapist will be to help your patients regain strength and function, improve mobility, relieve their pain, and prevent or limit the scope or impact of physical disabilities on their lives and their health.

In clinical settings you’ll work with patients to assess their physical functions in the context of their medical history and social support. You’ll also test and measure their strength, range of motion, balance, coordination, posture, muscle performance, respiration, and motor function in order to establish baselines for therapy.

Finally, as a physical therapist you’ll also help your patients after they leave your care by prescribing therapeutic exercise in order to improve the quality of their lives.

Specializations

The preparation you receive at D’Youville will qualify you to begin your professional career as a physical therapist in almost any healthcare setting. However, while many of our graduates enjoy fulfilling careers in general practice, many others choose to specialize in areas such as: 

  • Orthopedics: focusing on the treatment and correction of functional impairments or deformities of the musculoskeletal system
  • Pediatrics: focusing on early intervention for babies and children who are functionally impaired from injuries or disease
  • Sports medicine: focusing on athletic conditioning, preventing and treating athletic injuries, and increasing human athletic performance
  • Geriatrics: focusing on healthcare issues of older adults
  • Industrial settings: focusing on maintaining health and treating diseases and accidental injuries affecting people in the workplace
  • Home care: focusing on using physical activity, exercise, and other treatments in order to assist with healing and relieving pain for those who are homebound with an injury or other physical disability

Post-Professional Degrees

While many of our graduates go into clinical practice, others enter advanced academic programs in order to pursue careers in research and teaching in both private and public organizations. These students typically pursue post-professional degrees such as doctor of science (D.Sc.), doctor of education (EdD), or doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees.

If you choose to pursue this path you can rest assured that the rigorous academic, research, and clinical work you’ll complete in our entry-level professional DPT program will provide you with a solid foundation for advanced study and practice.

Career Outlook

Physical therapists are in demand in nearly every healthcare setting and are poised to take on an even larger role as our population ages and awareness about the benefits of exercise and good health continues to increase. Employment of physical therapists is projected to grow 34 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. For more information about the job outlook for physical therapists, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.
For more information about careers in physical therapy, visit: www.apta.org/Careers/

Clinical Education

Clinical Education

It's one thing to learn something in the classroom ... it's quite another to put the knowledge and skills you've learned into practice in a clinical setting. At D'Youville you’ll get the experience, guidance, and support you need to become a confident, competent clinical professional.

As a physical therapy student, you'll gain experience with a total of 32 weeks of clinical fieldwork during the professional phase of the program. During your clinical fieldwork, you'll experience the fundamentals of evidence-based practice, including:

  • patient evaluation
  • direct patient care
  • problem-solving and critical thinking
  • healthcare administration
  • teaching and supervision of other healthcare professionals

Your success is paramount to us, and we'll be with you every step of the way as you progress through your clinical experiences. As you conduct your fieldwork, you’ll be constantly supported by participating in the online discussion that runs concurrently with your clinical experiences.

D'Youville Distinctions

  • Benefit from the close relationships that D'Youville has developed over the years with over 300 clinical fieldwork sites in a wide array of settings, facilities, and treatment protocols.
  • In select classes, our faculty practitioners bring patients to the classroom to maximize the development of the knowledge and skills you’ll need to succeed as a physical therapist.
  • Through our unique interprofessional education labs, you’ll learn to better understand the roles of other members of the healthcare team and develop skills to work effectively to improve patient care.

Interprofessional Education


The Interprofessional Clinical Advancement Center is a research and academic project that uses professional actors to create real-life patient care simulations for students. Students from eight healthcare disciplines at D'Youville take part in the center, including physical therapy.

Physical Therapy Doctoral Degree at D’Youville

Physical Therapy is a career that's both fulfilling and has enormous opportunities for growth with PTs in demand in nearly every healthcare setting. Sarah Pictor, DPT, a clinical associate professor at D’Youville, explains why D’Youville’s three-year professional program leading to a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree prepares graduates to obtain advanced, rewarding careers.

 
A physical therapy student participating in the Interdisciplinary Education Lab.

interprofessional

PT students at D'Youville learn to work as part of a collaborative healthcare team through Interprofessional Education Labs.

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Sarah Pictor in pediatric physical therapy lab

our faculty

"When the parents tell me hippotherapy is the most valuable therapy their child has received, I remember that moment." 

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Pam Bartlo in KAB

our faculty

"I like that I get to know my students individually and that they can get to know me.

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Students enjoy the warm weather

hippotherapy

If you’re interested in how horses can be used as a treatment approach, D’Youville offers an elective course in hippotherapy and opportunities to volunteer through our Student Hippotherapy Club.

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