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Twin Cities Campus

Physical Therapy D.P.T.

Rehabilitation Medicine Administration
Medical School
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Contact Information
Division of Physical Therapy, 420 Delaware Street SE, MMC 388, Minneapolis, MN 55455, (612-624-2662; fax: 612-625-4274)
  • Program Type: Doctorate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2020
  • Length of program in credits: 135
  • This program requires summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Courses for the DPT are taught on the Twin Cities East Bank Campus for the first seven semesters (including summers), with numerous off-site clinical education opportunities scheduled throughout. During the student's 3rd year, the student will complete four full-time clinical experiences, which occur off-campus in various physical therapy settings.
  • Degree: Doctor of Physical Therapy
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The Division of Physical Therapy Program, a division within the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, offers a professional doctoral degree in physical therapy (DPT). Physical therapy is a healthcare discipline involved with the study and rehabilitation of movement impairments such as muscular weakness, impaired coordination, joint stiffness, and pain, which can lead to functional problems affecting self care, employment, ambulation, etc. Graduates are prepared to promote proper health care and quality of living by maximizing human movement following disease or injury or by preventing its loss. The program requires three years of year-round, full-time graduate study (9 semesters including summers). Academic coursework and research activity are completed during the first seven semesters. The final two semesters are devoted to clinical internships.
Accreditation
This program is accredited by Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
The University of Minnesota Division of Physical Therapy has no required or preferred undergraduate major. Any baccalaureate degree or equivalent from an accredited institution is accepted.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
To be eligible for admission, applicants must complete a baccalaureate degree, or its foreign equivalent, from an accredited institution by June 1 of the year of admission, including all required prerequisite courses or their program-approved equivalents. Applicants must complete at least 100 observation hours (shadow/volunteer/work) in a clinical physical therapy setting. Exposure to multiple and varied areas of practice in physical therapy and additional health care exposure are considered important preparation for entry into the program. Applicants must complete the GRE General Exam. TOEFL is required for international students. Two letters of recommendation are also required. One letter must be from a practicing physical therapist with whom the applicant completed observation hours.
Special Application Requirements:
Below is a list of required prerequisite coursework applicants must complete to apply to the program. Courses must be taken for college credit and graded A-F with a received minimum letter grade of C. The exception is medical terminology, which will be accepted pass/fail. Courses may be taken at any accredited college or university. Up to two prerequisite courses may be listed as in progress - either currently being taken or planned to take and complete by June 1 of the year of admission. The program will also accept two AP scores of 4 or above to meet prerequisite requirements. It is recommended that these courses be taken within the previous five years. - General Biology, with on-site lab - A second Biology, with on-site lab - General Chemistry, with on-site lab - A second Chemistry, with on-site lab - Human Anatomy (lab strongly recommended) - Human Physiology - General Physics I (covering mechanics and electricity), with on-site lab - General Physics II, with on-site lab - General Psychology - Abnormal Psychology - Statistics (ANOVA and regression analysis content strongly recommended) - Calculus (Intro to Calculus or Short Calculus are accepted; Pre-Calculus is not accepted) - Medical Terminology Distance learning courses are accepted; however, labs must be taken on-site unless prior approval is given by the Admissions Chair.
Applicants must submit their test score(s) from the following:
  • GRE
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 6.5
The preferred English language test is Test of English as Foreign Language.
Key to test abbreviations (GRE, TOEFL, IELTS).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
135 credits are required in the major.
This program may not be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 6 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
Year 1 Summer (6 credits)
PT 6058 - Anatomy for Physical Therapy (6.0 cr)
Year 1 Fall (20 credits)
PT 6002 - Ethics in Health Care (1.0 cr)
PT 6213 - Clerkship I: Introduction to Physical Therapy: Legal and Ethical Considerations (2.0 cr)
PT 6231 - Clinical Biomechanics (5.0 cr)
PT 6280 - Clinical Assessment (4.0 cr)
PT 6281 - Physiology for Physical Rehabilitation (4.0 cr)
PT 6340 - Human Growth and Development (3.0 cr)
PT 6219 - Foundations in Interprofessional Communication and Collaboration (1.0 cr)
Year 1 Spring (16 credits)
NSCI 6112 - Medical Neuroscience for Professional Students (5.0 cr)
PT 8132 - Research Seminar (1.0 cr)
PT 6214 - Clerkship II: Documentation and Reimbursement (2.0 cr)
PT 6221 - Therapeutic Procedures (4.0 cr)
PT 6282 - Cardiopulmonary Physiology and Rehabilitation (4.0 cr)
Year 2 Summer (14 credits)
Take PT 8193 for 2 credits.
PT 6250 - Acute Care in Physical Therapy (2.0 cr)
PT 6251 - Integument (2.0 cr)
PT 6252 - Pathophysiology (3.0 cr)
PHAR 6800 - Rehabilitation Pharmacotherapy (2.0 cr)
PT 8193 - Research Problems (2.0-6.0 cr)
PT 6241 - Movement and Pathokinesiology (3.0 cr)
Year 2 Fall (15 credits)
Take PT 8193 for 2 credits.
PT 6283 - Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation 1 (6.0 cr)
PT 6293 - Essentials of Rehabilitation Research (3.0 cr)
PT 6215 - Clerkship III: The Physical Therapist in Today's Society (1.0 cr)
PT 8193 - Research Problems (2.0-6.0 cr)
PT 6286 - Neurorehabilitation I (3.0 cr)
Year 2 Spring (16 credits)
Take PT 8193 for 2 credits. PT 6284 will be offered for 5 credits beginning Spring 2021 and students will complete the course for 5 credits.
PT 6287 - Neurorehabilitation II (8.0 cr)
PT 6284 - Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation II (4.0 cr)
PT 6216 - Clerkship IV: Advocacy and Adjustment to Disability (1.0 cr)
PT 8193 - Research Problems (2.0-6.0 cr)
Year 3 Summer (10 credits)
PT 6288 will be offered for 3 credits beginning Summer 2021 and students will complete the course for 3 credits.
PT 6288 - Pediatric Rehabilitation (8.0 cr)
PT 6290 - Administration (4.0 cr)
PT 6294 - Clinical Integration (3.0 cr)
Year 3 Fall (18 credits)
PT 6295 - Clinical Internship I (9.0 cr)
PT 6296 - Clinical Internship II (9.0 cr)
Year 3 Spring (20 credits)
PT 6297 - Clinical Internship III (10.0 cr)
PT 6298 - Clinical Internship IV (10.0 cr)
Joint- or Dual-degree Coursework:
Doctorate in Physical Therapy / PhD in Rehabilitation Science
 
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PT 6058 - Anatomy for Physical Therapy
Credits: 6.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Summer
Study of gross human anatomy, and surface anatomy, for practice of physical therapy. Cadaver dissection of extremities, head, neck, back, abdomen, thoracic, and pelvic regions. Correlation to clinical conditions. Lecture, laboratory.
PT 6002 - Ethics in Health Care
Credits: 1.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Moral/ethical analysis. Issues in physical therapy research/practice. Ethical decisions in a practice and in professional training. WebCT lectures, in-class discussions/instruction, exams.
PT 6213 - Clerkship I: Introduction to Physical Therapy: Legal and Ethical Considerations
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Practical aspects of clinical education and professional behavior. Psychological, sociological, and cultural needs of diverse patient populations. Students complete a three hrs/week clinical affiliation at University Good Samaritan Center. Patient/therapist observations, concurrent didactic coursework. Facilitation of group exercise, restorative ambulation, range of motion programs, and resident assessment instrument. prereq: Registered PT student
PT 6231 - Clinical Biomechanics
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00598
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Principles of biomechanics. Forces/structures internal/external to body responsible for normal human movement. Muscle, joint, and tissue mechanics. Joint-specific normal function, whole body posture, gait mechanics. Focuses on normal mechanics as foundation for abnormal mechanics and pathology. Lecture, laboratory. prereq: Intro calculus, physics, registered PT student
PT 6280 - Clinical Assessment
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Clinical assessment techniques of goniometry, manual muscle testing, range of motion, gait analysis, physical/sensory examination, and antropometrics. Basic intervention approaches, including stretching techniques and resistive exercise. Weekly integration assignments with first clinical clerkship. Lecture, discussion, lab. prereq: Registered PT student
PT 6281 - Physiology for Physical Rehabilitation
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00855
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
An in-depth presentation of fundamental concepts in tissue and organ system physiology as it relate to general health, aging, and physical exercise. Emphasis is on the following systems: muscle, bone & connective tissue, endocrine, immune, renal, GI, and hematology. Influence of aging on these systems will be addressed as well. prereq: Registered PT student
PT 6340 - Human Growth and Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Developmental process throughout life span. Physical, motor, social, and personality development. Theories of development. Factors that influence a child.s development. prereq: Registered PT student
PT 6219 - Foundations in Interprofessional Communication and Collaboration
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Foundations of Interprofessional Communication & Collaboration (FIPCC) is the first interprofessional course in Phase I of the 1Health curriculum. More than 1,000 health and health care students from allied health, dentistry, dietetics, health coaching, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, public health, social work, speech-language-hearing sciences, and veterinary medicine will be enrolled in this course. The course will be delivered to interprofessional groups of approximately 30-35 students in each room.
NSCI 6112 - Medical Neuroscience for Professional Students
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Molecular, cellular, and systems neuroscience as related to medicine. Lecture, lab. prereq: BioC 3021, Biol 4004, instr consent; intended for non-medical professional students
PT 8132 - Research Seminar
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Spring
This initial course for the research series provides a foundation for future guided projects on components of the research cycle. Students explore why research is important and how it can be translated to improvements in clinical care. Basic research designs and reporting venues, literature search strategies and tools, critical review of literature, responsible conduct of research, and reference management are discussed. Pre-req: Grad PT major
PT 6214 - Clerkship II: Documentation and Reimbursement
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Documentation of physical therapy exams, progress, discharge services. Regulatory agencies responsible for outcomes/accreditation, third party reimbursement, coding, peer review. Complete three hrs/wk clinical affiliation at Good Samaritan Center under supervision of clinical faculty. Observations/documentation, group exercise, restorative ambulation, range of motion programs, resident assessment instrument. prereq: Registered first year PT student
PT 6221 - Therapeutic Procedures
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Theory/application of physical agents and therapeutic techniques. Therapeutic massage, ultraviolet radiation, thermotherapy, hydrotherapy, positive pressure devices, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, neuromuscular electrical stimulation, biofeedback, iontophores, high volt pulsed current. prereq: Registered PT student
PT 6282 - Cardiopulmonary Physiology and Rehabilitation
Credits: 4.0 [max 45.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Conveys foundational information regarding human basic physiology cardiovascular and pulmonary physiology. In addition, fundamental principles of cardiac and pulmonary systems as it relates to physical therapy and will be known in the clinic to the physical therapist as Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation will be addressed. A focus of this course is on normal and abnormal responses to exercise and the pathophysiology, assessment, evaluation and rehabilitation of patients with cardiopulmonary disorders. prereq: Registered PT student
PT 6250 - Acute Care in Physical Therapy
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Summer
General care of acute and critically ill patient. Disease/disorders common to acute care environment. Integration of evaluation, treatment, and client management skills. prereq: Registered physical therapy student
PT 6251 - Integument
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Summer
Response of integument to injury, disease, and aging. Emphasizes wound management, burn care, amputee care, and rehabilitation of persons with acute/chronic integument disorders. Integrating elements of physiology, pathophysiology, and therapeutic procedures to evaluate, treat, and manage clients. prereq: Registered PT student
PT 6252 - Pathophysiology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Summer
General and organ system pathology. Complicating patholodical factors that affect patients. Implications of pathology on patient?s clinical presentation. prereq: Enrolled PT student
PHAR 6800 - Rehabilitation Pharmacotherapy
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Summer
The goal of this course is to equip physical therapy students with a general understanding of the impact of medications on rehabilitation and how rehabilitation affects medication use. Students will practice applying content through patient cases and writing a patient care plan. This is a completely online course with weekly due dates offered each Summer term. For more information, contact phar6800@umn.edu or 612-624-7976.
PT 8193 - Research Problems
Credits: 2.0 -6.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Process of developing/completing a scholarly research project or literature review related to rehabilitation science/Physical Therapy education and practice. Students work directly with faculty participating in research in guided small group experience. Type of research experience is determined by adviser. prereq: Grad PT major
PT 6241 - Movement and Pathokinesiology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Summer
Provides an experiential bridge between foundational clinical courses and applied content area courses to aid in the development of comprehensive movement system examination and evaluation skills. Learners will solidify didactic integrative knowledge of the human movement system and its component elements through applied, real-world activities and clinical simulations. Growth in holistic clinical reasoning is fostered through exploratory practice and identification of the connections between 1) qualitative and quantitative movement examination, 2) analysis and diagnosis of movement system dysfunction, and 3) basic hypothesis generation of multi-system physical impairments/pathology and abnormal movement patterns/postures as contributing factors to movement system dysfunction. Oral and written communication of movement system examination and evaluation findings will enhance learner development of education and documentation skills. prereq: Registered PT student
PT 6283 - Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation 1
Credits: 6.0 [max 7.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
First of a two part series on musculoskeletal rehabilitation. Evaluation concepts are introduced and methods practiced. Techniques for the treatment of lower extremity, lumbar and thoracic spine conditions will be covered, including exercise, mobilization/manipulation, traction and orthotics. Surgical interventions, medical imaging and pathology background related to these regions will be provided. Instructional methods include lecture, demonstration, lab practice, readings, problem solving, student presentation, research, and written assignments. Clerkship (PT 6215) clinic experience complements the coursework. prereq: enrolled PT student
PT 6293 - Essentials of Rehabilitation Research
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Develop abilities to obtain, critically evaluate, synthesize and integrate the peer-reviewed literature. It will also enable students to identify and compute appropriate statistical procedures and interpret the meaning of statistical analyses. Finally, it will give students an opportunity to present the aims, methods, intended analyses, and preliminary results of their own research. prereq: Registered PT student
PT 6215 - Clerkship III: The Physical Therapist in Today's Society
Credits: 1.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Roles of physical therapist, in orthopedic outpatient setting, as educator and promoter of health/wellness. Students are assigned to a community outpatient orthopedic clinic. Patient evaluations/treatment. Instructing patients, therapists, student physical therapists, and community members to promote physical therapy, health, and wellness. Students assess, prepare, and provide educational experiences. prereq: Registered PT student
PT 8193 - Research Problems
Credits: 2.0 -6.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Process of developing/completing a scholarly research project or literature review related to rehabilitation science/Physical Therapy education and practice. Students work directly with faculty participating in research in guided small group experience. Type of research experience is determined by adviser. prereq: Grad PT major
PT 6286 - Neurorehabilitation I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
An in depth exploration of fundamental principles of neural plasticity, neurophysiology, motor control, and motor learning as a basis for understanding scientific advancements in pathophysiology and therapeutic intervention in motor dysfunction. Prereq: registered PT student
PT 6287 - Neurorehabilitation II
Credits: 8.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Second portion of a year-long course sequence. Assessment/rehabilitation of patients with neurological conditions (e.g., cerebral vascular disease traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). Using treatment procedures, orthotics, and equipment to improve function and prevent, stabilize, or decrease impairments. prereq: Registered PT student
PT 6284 - Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation II
Credits: 4.0 [max 5.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Second of a two part series on musculoskeletal rehabilitation. Techniques for the evaluation and treatment of cervical, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand and temporomandibular joint conditions will be covered, including exercise, mobilization, orthotics and neurodynamics. Surgical interventions, radiology and pathology background related to these regions will be provided. Screening for non-mechanical pain conditions will be discussed. The rehabilitation needs of specific populations, such as athletes, women, industrial workers, and musicians will be investigated. Joint and disease specific content from fall semester will be used in the patient management sections of the course. Instructional methods include lecture, demonstration, lab practice, readings, problem solving, student research. prereq: Registered PT student
PT 6216 - Clerkship IV: Advocacy and Adjustment to Disability
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Role of physical therapist, in acute care or rehabilitation setting, as clinical educator of physical therapy students. Students are assigned to a local hospital or rehabilitation facility. Patient evaluations, treatment, discharge planning. Students prepare for full time clinical experiences and for their role as potential clinical instructors. prereq: Registered PT student
PT 8193 - Research Problems
Credits: 2.0 -6.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Process of developing/completing a scholarly research project or literature review related to rehabilitation science/Physical Therapy education and practice. Students work directly with faculty participating in research in guided small group experience. Type of research experience is determined by adviser. prereq: Grad PT major
PT 6288 - Pediatric Rehabilitation
Credits: 8.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Summer
Pediatric assessment/rehabilitation for neurological, orthopedic, cardiac, prematurity, transplant, and behavioral conditions. Preparation for adult assessment/treatment with neurological, general medical, and vascular disease. Students use etiologic knowledge to assess patients in clinic and establish treatment plans/goals. prereq: Registered PT student
PT 6290 - Administration
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Summer
Learning experiences, special assignments related to physical therapy administration, management, supervision, consultation, private practice, and health care issues. Foundations for regulatory compliance and fiscal responsibility. Interpersonal skills for delivery of direct care service. prereq: Registered PT student
PT 6294 - Clinical Integration
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Summer
Integrates content from the entire physical therapy program to address physical therapy assessment and management of complex patient cases. Focus is on real-world examples of clinical practice, combining psychomotor skills with clinical reasoning, effective communication, professionalism, and affective competence. Students will deepen critical thinking skills and the ability to facilitate competent, evidence-based, patient-centered physical therapy care for patients with complex presentations. prereq: Registered PT student
PT 6295 - Clinical Internship I
Credits: 9.0 [max 27.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Communication skills, team participation, and evaluation/treatment. Predicting outcomes. Managing patient diagnoses/problems. Selected specialty area of physical therapy practice. Prereq Registered 3rd yr PT student.
PT 6296 - Clinical Internship II
Credits: 9.0 [max 10.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Second of four courses. Students must demonstrate proficiency in communication, team participation, evaluation and treatment, predicting outcomes, and managing patient diagnoses and problems. Selected specialty area of physical therapy practice.
PT 6297 - Clinical Internship III
Credits: 10.0 [max 10.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Third of four courses. Students must demonstrate proficiency in communication, team participation, evaluation and treatment, predicting outcomes, and managing patient diagnoses and problems. Selected specialty area of physical therapy practice. prereq: Registered PT student
PT 6298 - Clinical Internship IV
Credits: 10.0 [max 10.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Fourth of four courses. Students must demonstrate proficiency in communication, team participation, evaluation and treatment, predicting outcomes, and managing patient diagnoses and problems. Selected specialty area of physical therapy practice.