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Physical Therapy D.P.T.

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Program in Physical Therapy, MMC 388, 420 Delaware Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455, (612-624-2662; fax: 612-625-4274)
  • Program Type: Doctorate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 141
  • This program requires summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Courses in this Program are taught on campus for the first 7 semesters, with numerous off-site clinic visits scheduled throughout semester 2-7. The remaining 2 semesters of the Program consist of 4 full-time clinical internships. These internships occur off-campus in physical therapy clinics.
  • 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 physical therapy program, a division within the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, offers a professional doctoral degree in physical therapy (D.P.T.). 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. 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) (APTA).
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 program in 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, the student must complete a baccalaureate degree, or its foreign equivalent, from an accredited institution by June 1st of the year of admission, including the required prerequisite courses or their equivalents. Applicant must complete at least 100 hours of volunteer or work experience in a physical therapy setting. Exposure to multiple and varied areas of practice in physical therapy and additional health care exposure are considered an important preparation. The GRE General exam only is required. TOEFL is required for international students. Two letters of recommendation.
Special Application Requirements:
Below is a list of required prerequisite coursework to be taken before entering the program. Courses must be taken A-F, unless receiving Advanced Placement (AP) credit. A minimum grade of C is required in all prerequisite coursework. It is recommended that these courses be taken within the previous five years. Courses may be taken at any accredited college. Students are expected to be skillful with computer applications for word processing and creating spreadsheets. - General biology, with on-site lab - A second biology course of the student's choice, with on-site lab - Human anatomy (lab strongly recommended) - Human physiology - General chemistry or inorganic chemistry - minimum two courses, with on-site lab - General physics, which includes mechanics and electricity - minimum two courses, with on-site lab - General psychology - Abnormal psychology - Statistics - ANOVA and regression analysis content strongly recommended - Introductory calculus (pre-calculus not acceptable; Intro to Calculus or Short Calculus acceptable) - Medical terminology For all AP courses on the transcript, a score must be entered. This will be the score issued by the College Board. Students must also forward an unofficial copy of the College Board Report to the admissions coordinator to keep on file. If distance learning courses are taken from an accredited college or university for college credit, there is no limit to the number that may be taken through distance education. Labs must be taken on-site. All prerequisite courses and an undergraduate degree must be completed before the student enrolls in the professional program. Students may apply with two remaining prerequisites in progress. Past students have found that biochemistry, and human/animal biology classes have been helpful preparation for the D.P.T. curriculum.
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
141 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.
The program requires 141 major field credits, of which 101 are core academic credits and 40 are clinical internship credits. Nine credits of research are included in the core academic credits and a scientific poster presentation and written exam based on this research culminates the project. No minor or related field is required. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.80 while in the program.
Year 1 summer
PT 6058 - Anatomy for Physical Therapy (6.0 cr)
Year 1 Fall
PT 6002 - Ethics in Public Health: Research and Policy (1.0 cr)
PT 6231 - Clinical Biomechanics (5.0 cr)
PT 6280 - Clinical Assessment (4.0 cr)
PT 6213 - Clerkship I (2.0 cr)
PT 6281 - Scientific Foundations I: Theory of Therapeutic Exercise (3.0 cr)
PT 6340 - Human Growth and Development (3.0 cr)
PT 8131 - Research Seminar I (1.0 cr)
Year 1 Spring
NSCI 6112 - Medical Neuroscience for Professional Students (5.0 cr)
PT 8132 - Research Seminar II (1.0 cr)
PT 6310 - Physiology for Physical Rehabilitation (5.0 cr)
PT 6214 - Clerkship II (2.0 cr)
PT 6221 - Therapeutic Procedures (4.0 cr)
Year 2 Summer
PT 6813 - Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy (3.0 cr)
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 in Physical Therapy 2 crs.
Year 2 Fall
PT 6283 - Musculoskeletal I (7.0 cr)
PT 6293 - Essentials of Rehabilitation Research (4.0 cr)
PT 6215 - Clerkship III (1.0 cr)
PT 8193: Research Problems in Physical Therapy 2 crs.
Year 2 Spring
PT 6282 - Scientific Foundations II: Neuromotor Control (3.0 cr)
PT 6287 - Neurorehabilitation (8.0 cr)
PT 6284 - Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation II (4.0 cr)
PT 6216 - Clerkship IV (1.0 cr)
PT 8193: Research Problems in Physical Therapy 2 crs.
Year 3 Summer
PT 6288 - Pediatric Rehabilitation (8.0 cr)
PT 6290 - Administration (4.0 cr)
PT 8193: Research Problems in Physical Therapy 1 crs.
Year 3 Fall
PT 6295 - Clinical Internship I (10.0 cr)
PT 6296 - Clinical Internship II (10.0 cr)
Year 3 Spring
PT 6297 - Clinical Internship III (10.0 cr)
PT 6298 - Clinical Internship IV (10.0 cr)
 
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PT 6058 - Anatomy for Physical Therapy
Credits: 6.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
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 Public Health: Research and Policy
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 6231 - Clinical Biomechanics
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: PMed 5231/PT 6231
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic 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: Periodic 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 6213 - Clerkship I
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 6281 - Scientific Foundations I: Theory of Therapeutic Exercise
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: PT 6281/RSC 5281
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Principles of skeletal muscle physiology as basis for therapeutic exercise. Exercise physiology and related microanatomy of musculoskeletal system as they relate to rehabilitation problems. Tissue response to treatment for loss of mobility. Endurance/strength training. 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 8131 - Research Seminar I
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Scientific thinking in physical therapy. Preparation to execute research project or literature review. Analysis of current literature. Basic features of research design. Elements of evaluating treatment efficacy. Students interact with their research adviser and with research faculty in various specialties. prereq: Grad PT major
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 II
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Scientific thinking in physical therapy. Preparation for research project or literature review. Current literature. Features of research design. Evaluating treatment efficacy. Students interact with research adviser and faculty in various specialties. prereq: 8131, grad PT major
PT 6310 - Physiology for Physical Rehabilitation
Credits: 5.0 [max 10.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course is designed to convey foundational information regarding human basic physiology and more advanced integrative physiology to provide the physical therapist a broad range of knowledge on how the human body works at rest, exercise, and as we age.
PT 6214 - Clerkship II
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 6813 - Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Theory and techniques of cardiopulmonary evaluation and treatment. Principles of exercise response and adaptations to training. prereq: enrolled 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. Course information is sent to the University of Minnesota email addresses of registered students shortly before and/or on the first day of classes each summer term. For more information, contact phar6800@umn.edu or 612-624-7976.
PT 6283 - Musculoskeletal I
Credits: 7.0 [max 7.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
First of two-course sequence. Problem-solving approach to evaluating, treating, and preventing selected musculoskeletal conditions across the life span. Chart review, history taking, strength testing, functional testing, gait and posture examination, special orthopedic tests. Therapeutic exercises, orthopedic ambulation, joint mobilization, splinting, patient education. prereq: enrolled PT student
PT 6293 - Essentials of Rehabilitation Research
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Predictive research, statistical concepts, scientific literature. Tools to design experiments and analyze data. Risk analysis, multivariate regression analysis. Designs of reliability studies, traditional group designs. Students give preliminary presentation of analysis. prereq: Registered 2nd yr PT student
PT 6215 - Clerkship III
Credits: 1.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
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 6282 - Scientific Foundations II: Neuromotor Control
Credits: 3.0 [max 45.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Principles of neurophysiology, neurology, motor control, and motor learning as basis for therapeutic intervention in motor dysfunction. Practical application of kinesiologic electromyography and nerve conduction. prereq: Registered PT student
PT 6287 - Neurorehabilitation
Credits: 8.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
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: Regis PT student
PT 6284 - Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Second of two-course sequence. Problem-solving approach to evaluating, treating, and preventingg selected musculoskeletal conditions across life span. Practice evaluations, clinic visits, case examples. Integrates diagnostic procedures, medical/surgical management, and tissue response to injury/intervention for selected orthopedic conditions. Screening for recognition of non-musculoskeletal causes of complaints. prereq: Regis PT student
PT 6216 - Clerkship IV
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
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 2nd yr PT student
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 or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
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: Regis PT student
PT 6295 - Clinical Internship I
Credits: 10.0 [max 30.0]
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: 10.0 [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.