Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Physical Therapy, Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

The Graduate School of Physical Therapy at Slippery Rock University offers a challenging curriculum leading to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. The program was the third DPT program developed in the United States and is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. Students enrolled in the program will complete courses that enable them to deliver physical therapy to a diverse population of consumers. The program emphasizes the restoration of function, promotion of wellness and education and the reduction of disability. Graduates are proficient in the foundational, clinical and behavioral sciences upon graduation.

The program is eight terms in length and includes four clinical practicum experiences: two of these are clinical internships taken after six semesters of academic coursework. Science courses such as anatomy, neuroscience and pathology taken in conjunction with clinical courses. The evidence-based component of the curriculum enables program graduates to be consumers of the scientific and clinical literature and apply it to physical therapy practice.

The primary objective of the DPT program is to prepare future physical therapists who demonstrate highly competent, evidence-based practice and professional behaviors in a dynamic health care environment. Graduates will be able to serve the health care needs of consumers and a global society while contributing to the advancement of the profession.

Slippery Rock 3+3 Students Entering the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Should 3+3 Physical Therapy students be unsuccessful in completing the 1st year of the DPT program and want to complete their original undergraduate degree, it is solely up to the discretion of their undergraduate program coordinator to determine which, if any, physical therapy courses will count toward the completion of their undergraduate degree. In addition, students must complete any unfulfilled requirements of his/her undergraduate major. Participation in the undergraduate commencement ceremony takes place after the first full year of Physical Therapy school is successfully completed.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) at SRU is a professional doctorate degree program designed to prepare graduates for clinical practice in physical therapy. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapist Examination, (NPTE), successful completion of which is required for physical therapy practice throughout the United States. Licensure requirements vary by state. We strongly urge you to contact the licensing board in the state where you plan to practice.


Physical Therapy, DPT Program Page

Physical Therapy Department Page

Physical Therapy Fact Sheet

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

Semester 1 Courses
PHTH 631Neuroscience I4
PHTH 654Pathology I4
PHTH 656Gross and Applied Anatomy I6
PHTH 659PT Assessment and Procedures I/Lab3
Semester 2 Courses
PHTH 545Health Care Systems I2
PHTH 636Neuroscience II4
PHTH 655Pathology II4
PHTH 658Gross and Applied Anatomy II6
PHTH 660PT Assessment and Procedures II2
Semester 3 Courses
PHTH 645Clinical Experience I1
PHTH 650PT Modalities2
PHTH 652Nutrition1
PHTH 653Pharmacotherapy1
PHTH 661Environmental Considerations for Physical Therapists2
PHTH 731Diagnostic Imaging for PTs1
PHTH 744Psychosocial integration2
PHTH 757Concepts of Evidence-Based Practice2
PHTH 816Professional Exploration I1
Semester 4 Courses
PHTH 704Musculoskeletal: Lower Extremity3
PHTH 710Clinical Experience II3
PHTH 717Neuromuscular I4
PHTH 719Therapeutic Adaptations with Lab3
PHTH 729Foundations of Therapeutic Exercise/Lab2
PHTH 758Evidence-based Practice: Appraising the Literature with Lab3
PHTH 819Professional Exploration II1
Semester 5 Courses
PHTH 703Musculoskeletal: Spine3
PHTH 718Neuromuscular II4
PHTH 732Cardiopulmonary3
PHTH 742Health Care Systems II3
PHTH 743Education, Prevention, and Wellness2
PHTH 759Evidence-based Practice Application2
Semester 6 Courses
PHTH 702Musculoskeletal: Upper Extremity3
PHTH 733Integumentary PT1
PHTH 734Geriatric PT3
PHTH 735Pediatric PT3
PHTH 736Special Topics in PT1
Select one of the following:2
Selected Topics
Pediatric Elective
Sports PT
Geriatric Elective
Semester 7 Courses
PHTH 737Physical Therapy Business Practices2
PHTH 802Clinical Internship I9
Semester 8 Courses
PHTH 804Clinical Internship II9
PHTH 820Professional Inquiry2
Total Hours119

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Major Code: 9D6C