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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


Physical Therapy (MPT)

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Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)
CIP Code: 51.2308
College of Medicine (MD)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 0

Contact Information:
College of Medicine
Medical Sciences Department (MED)
12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd MDC77
Tampa FL  33612

Program Director or Coordinator:
Laura Swisher
Phone: 813-974-6203
Email: lswisher@health.usf.edu

Website: http://www.health.usf.edu/medicine/graduatestudies


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Major Information

As an integral part of the USF College of Medicine and USF Health system, the School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences offers you top-notch classroom and clinical experience in your entry-level preparation as a physical therapy practitioner. 

Our innovative, integrated, interprofessional Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) curriculum, which places physical therapy students alongside medical students in foundational basic and clinical science courses during year 1 of studies, is one of the many reasons students are choosing to come to Tampa for their professional education. The School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences boasts an impressive and broadly experienced cadre of faculty who are engaged in teaching as well as scholarly and research activities contributing to our discipline's body of knowledge. As part of USF Health, our Doctor of Physical Therapy students receive instruction from physicians, nurses, public health professionals and basic science experts. Teaching and learning together form the basis for future successful collaborative practice so necessary in today's healthcare environment.

The major begins a new cohort each July.

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: ---
Spring: ---
Summer: November 15

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Completed applications of qualified students with all supporting documentation, received by PTCAS by November 15 will be reviewed by the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences DPT Student Selection Committee. The most qualified applicants will be offered enrollment as a member of the next DPT Class. Letters of offer will be mailed to selected students on or about February 1. A Waiting List will be maintained of otherwise qualified applicants in the event that a class opening should occur.

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident Alien (PRA) with a Green Card in your possession before we will consider your application;
  • Minimum 3.20 (out of 4.00) GPA overall and in upper division and prerequisite coursework;
  • Note: Level of prerequisite courses must be appropriate for science majors, and must have been completed within five (5) years of date of matriculation;
  • Twenty (20) total volunteer, observational or employment hours experience with a minimum of 8 hours in each type in order to appreciate the differences in physical therapists' responsibilities in each setting. Hours must be documented observational, volunteer or other work experiences in both hospital inpatient and outpatient physical therapy settings;
  • Two References from Licensed Physical Therapists with knowledge of the applicant's aptitude and potential for success in professional school
  • Application to be completed through PTCAS

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

The DPT program is a 3 calendar year program including two summers.

Core Course Requirements
Year 1 (36 weeks)

 

Course Name

Credits

BMS 5005

Professions of Health

1

BMS 6206

Medical Biochemistry

1

BMS 6640

Medical Science 1: Musculoskeletal System

6

BMS 6641

Medical Science 2: Neuroscience

6

BMS 6633

Medical Science 3: Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Systems

6

BMS 6639

Medical Science 4: Excretory & Reproductive Systems

6

PHT 6174

Movement Science 1 (total lab hours including enhanced anatomy=30)

2

PHT 6205

Doctoring for Physical Therapists (Pass/Fail)

6

PHT 6274

Clinical Reasoning for Physical Therapists

5

PHT 6284

Scientific & Professional Foundations of Physical Therapy 1 (lab=60 hrs)

5

PHT 7864

Integrated Clinical Experience 1

1

Year 2 (42 weeks)


Fall 2

Contact hours @ 19 weeks = 26.6

PHT 6178

Movement Science 2

3

PHT 6285

Scientific & Professional Foundations of Physical Therapy 2

3

PHT 6352

Pharmacology for Healthcare Professionals

4

PHT 6609

Critical Assessment of the Literature/EBP

3

PHT 7264

Neuromuscular Clinical Problem Solving

3

PHT 7265

Cardiopulmonary & Integumentary Clinical Problem Solving (year-long, concludes in Spring)

0

PHT 7421

Professional Issues 1

2

PHT 7540A

Principles of Patient/Client Management & Seminar 1

1

PHT 7866

Integrated Clinical Experience 1

1

Spring 2

Contact hours @ 15 weeks = 22.7

20

PHT 7265

Cardiopulmonary & Integumentary Clinical Problem Solving (year-long, continued from Fall)

3

PHT 7328

Pediatric Physical Therapy

3

PHT 7402

Psychosocial Aspects of Physical Therapy Practice

3

PHT 7531

Professional Issues 2

3

PHT 7540B

Principles of Patient/Client Management & Seminar 2

2

PHT 7777

Musculoskeletal Clinical Problem Solving

4

Summer 2

Contact hours @ 8 weeks = 40

20

PHT 6841

Clinical Education 1 (10 weeks @ 40 hours)

5

Year 3 (43 weeks)


Fall 3

Contact hours @ 15 weeks = 26.5

PHT 7151

Health Promotion and Wellness

2

PHT XXXX

Seminar: Contemporary Issues in Physical Therapy

3

PHT 8179

Movement Science 3

3

PHT 8266

Advanced Clinical Problem Solving

5

PHT 8550

Professional Issues 3

3

PHT 8702

Prosthetics and Orthotics

3

*

Optional Elective

3

Spring / Summer 3

20

PHT 7842

Clinical Education 2 (12 weeks @ 40 hours)

6

PHT 8843

Clinical Education 3 (16 weeks @ 40 hours)

8

Graduation in August of Year 3

122

Comprehensive / Qualifying Exam information
Licensure Examination following graduation and prior to initiating practice the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE)


College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.

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USF Degree Requirements

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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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