Curriculum

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The DPT curriculum at Plymouth State University features hands on clinical practice experiences early and often. Students are involved in practice experiences starting with their first semester and throughout the entire curriculum whether on campus though the Integrated Clinical or off campus through Clinical Education. The required 117 graduate credits are offered over 3 years, 3 semesters/year and provide a well-balanced mix of foundational and clinical theory course work with clinical practice experiences. Faculty and students work together to foster an environment, both in and out of the classroom, of learning and scholarship.

Through the curriculum students are involved in courses, projects and experiences that progressively integrate and unify concepts as the student progresses toward entry-level practice. Faculty work together within and between courses to promote as much unity in the learning experience as possible for the student.

The DPT graduate of Plymouth State University will be ready to practice physical therapy and be positioned for life long learning, leadership, innovation and transformation.

Human Movement SystemKnowledge for PracticePlan of StudyClinical Education

The PSU DPT program includes an explicit conceptual focus the Human Movement System as “comprises the anatomic structures and physiologic functions that interact to move the body or its component parts.”  (APTA, Human Movement System)

Students learn

  • How to reason and develop knowledge about movement
  • How the movement system and its hierarchical structure emerge
  • How the movement system  hierarchical structure provides support and capabilities for our experiences
  • How systems interact
  • How systems adapt including the hierarchy of adaptation and adaptability of movement, environments, communities and societies

The curriculum emphasizes knowledge for practice, and evidence for knowledge. Graduates are prepared for the professional practice of physical therapy. This preparation requires a standard of behavior, knowledge, skill and attributes based on contemporary practice knowledge, expectations, ethics, values and legal guidelines.

A unique feature of the PSU DPT Program is that the knowledge from which practice is based is explicitly considered as a network of causal associations organized as a causal network. Causal networks are represented as causal models. This framework influences courses throughout the curriculum and provides a scaffold of applicability for foundational and practical coursework.

Plan of Study – Doctor of Physical Therapy

Term 1 – Summer

Credits

PTH6110

Clinical & Functional Anatomy

4

PTH6111

Clinical Physiology

3

PTH6112

Ethics & Value Systems

2

PTH6115

Patient / Client Management I

2

PTH6116

Integrated Clinical I

1

Term 2 – Fall 

Credits

PTH6120

Neuroscience

4

PTH6121

Musculoskeletal Conditions & Management

3

PTH6122

Dynamic Systems I: Movement & Adaptation

3

PTH6124

Clinical Inquiry I: Causality & Inference

3

PTH6125

Patient / Client Management II

4

PTH6126

Integrated Clinical II

1

Term 3 – Spring

Credits

PTH6130

Pathophysiology & Pharmacology I

3

PTH6131

Exercise Prescription & Nutrition

3

PTH6132

Movement Systems

4

PTH6133

Dynamic Systems II: Environmental Interactions

3

PTH6135

Patient / Client Management III

4

PTH6136

Integrated Clinical III

1

Term 4 – Summer

Credits

PTH8210

Pathophysiology & Pharmacology II

3

PTH8215

Patient / Client Management IV

5

PTH8216

Integrated Clinical IV

2

Term 5 – Fall

Credits

PTH8226

Clinical Education I

8

PTH8227

Clinical Reflection I

1

PTH8224

Clinical Inquiry II: Study Design

3

Term 6 – Spring

Credits

PTH8232

Psycho/Social Systems

3

PTH8234

Clinical Inquiry III: Models, Reviews, & Guidelines

3

PTH8235

Patient / Client Management V

6

PTH8236

Integrated Clinical V

2

Term 7 – Summer

Credits

PTH8316

Clinical Education II

8

PTH8317

Clinical Reflection II

1

Term 8 – Fall

Credits

PTH8322

Health Systems

6

PTH8326

Integrated Clinical VI

3

PTH8324

Capstone I

3

Term 9 – Spring 

Credits

PTH8336

Clinical Education III

10

PTH8337

Clinical Reflection III

1

PTH8334

Capstone II

1

Students will participate in 1360 hours of full time clinical education experiences at clinics and hospitals throughout New Hampshire and beyond; and approximately 220 hours of clinical practice with program faculty on campus integrated throughout the curriculum. It is important for students to know that placement in a full time clinical education experience may require travel to an off campus (even out of state) location for between 10 – 14 weeks during the program.

For more comprehensive information about the Clinical Education program, please see the DPT Clinical Education Handbook.