Professor and Chairperson Urfer
Assistant Professor Alexander
Instructors Sirotnak, Creelman
Adjunct Faculty Bowman, Mickelsen, Lansche, Klein,
Master of Physical Therapy
The graduate entry level program in Physical Therapy is a professional entry level program preparing students for licensure to practice as physical therapists. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association.
Requirements for Admission to the Master of Physical Therapy Program
6. Three letters of recommendation. One letter must be from a licensed physical therapist.
7. Personal interview with physical therapy admissions committee.
Prospective applicants should contact the department for specific descriptions of the above general requirements.
A maximum of 24 students are admitted to the program each year. Classes begin in June of each year.
The curriculum is 26 months in duration and includes 4 clinical affiliations. There are 4 semesters and 3 full-time summer sessions encompassing a total of 85 credits. The clinical affiliations mandate student travel and housing with the usual expenses borne by the student
Master of Physical Therapy Curriculum
Semester 1 (Summer)
BIOS 574 Human Anatomy for Physical Therapists 5 cr PT 612 Professional Communication 3 cr PT 613 Physical Therapy Profession 2 cr Total 10Semester 2 (Fall)
BIOS 586 Human Systemic Physiology 5 cr PT 601 Clinical Kinesiology 4 cr PT 605 Clinical Exercise Physiology 2 cr PT 621 Manual Evaluation and Treatment 6 cr Total 17Semester 3 (Spring)
PT 631 Clinical Affiliation 1 (January; 5 wk) (general) 2 cr PT 622 Musculo-Skeletal System Management I 5 cr PT 602 Clinical Neuroscience 5 cr PT 624 Cardiac and Pulmonary System Management 3 cr PSCI 318 Pharmacology 2 cr Total 17 crSemester 4 (Summer)
PT 632 Clinical Affiliation 2 (Aug.; 6 wk) (orthopedic) 2 cr PT 614 Research Methodology 4 cr PT 623 Musculo-Skeletal System Management II 3 cr Total 9 cr
Semester 5 (Fall)
PT 603 Normal Life Span Development I 4 cr PT 626 Neurological System Management 6 cr PT 616 Professional Project 1 PT 633 Clinical Affiliation 3 (November-December; 6 wk) (cardiac, pulmonary or neuro rehabilitation) 2 cr Total 13 cr
Semester 6 (Spring)
PT 604 Normal Life Span Development II 4 cr PT 625 Multi-System Management 5 cr PT 615 Physical Therapy Resource Management 4 cr PT 616 Professional Project 3 cr Total 16 cr
Semester 7 (Summer)
PT 634 Clinical Affiliation 4 (June-July; 8 wk) (neuro, multi-systems, cardio-pulmonary) 3 cr Total 3cr
PT 648 Grad Special Topics (2nd yr. only) 1-3 cr PT 611 Patient-Therapist Interaction 3 cr Total 4-6 cr
Degree and Licensure Requirements
Students receiving the degree of Master of Physical Therapy must satisfactorily complete all courses in the curriculum, prepare and present study papers on a regular basis, prepare and present a Professional Project, attend and complete all clinical affiliations, and satisfactorily pass an oral and written departmental examination. For state licensure, students must have met the degree requirements and pass the National Board Examinations for Physical Therapy.
The Graduate School and the Department of Physical Therapy requires that an overall GPA of 3.0 be maintained in all graduate course work and all clinical affiliations must be completed with an S(satisfactory) grade. In addition, the Department of Physical Therapy will terminate the graduate program of any student who has received grades of "C or lower" in more than 6 credits or a maximum of two program courses. Students should consult specific departmental grading policies for specific information.
P T 601 Clinical Kinesiology 4 credits. Analysis of normal movement and posture of the human body. Study of muscle action with application of principles of mechanics. Emphasis on movement and posture of the back and gait analysis.
P T 602 Clinical Neuroscience 5 credits. Study of structure and function of the human nervous system at the cellular and systemic levels. Specific application to clinical physical therapy management of neurological problems and pathology. PREREQ: BIOS g474, BIOS g486.
P T 603 Lifespan Development I 4 credits. Normal and abnormal development of neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary systems; cognitive/perceptual and psycho-social behavior associated with life through early childhood. Evaluation, program planning and treatment strategies for pediatric management. PREREQ: BIOS g474, BIOS g486.
P T 604 Lifespan Development II 4 credits. Study of neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary systems; cognitive/perceptual and psycho-social behavior associated with childhood, maturity and old age. PREREQ: PT 602, PT 603, PT 622, PT 623.
P T 605 Clinical Exercise Physiology 2 credits. Study of physiological response to specific exercise regimes in the rehabilitation of various patient types. PREREQ: BIOS g474, BIOS g486, PT 601, PT 621 (COREQS).
P T 611 Patient-Therapist Interaction 3 credits. Overview of psychological response of patients and family to acute and chronic physical dysfunction. Patient-therapist management of grief, changes in social status, sexuality in patients. Management of stress.
P T 612 Professional Communication 3 credits. Introduction to standard forms of professional communication within physical therapy and among health care professions in general. Medical terminology, physical therapy records, referral mechanism. Principles of education.
P T 613 Physical Therapy Profession 2 credits. Survey of current status of the physical therapy profession in health care systems. Professionalism, ethics, legal issues, validation of practice. Future projections and historical perspective.
P T 614 Research Methodology 4 credits. Application of principles of research design in the biological, psychological and social sciences to clinical and laboratory research in physical therapy. Preparation of professional project proposal. PREREQ: STATISTICS, PT 613.
P T 615 Physical Therapy Resource Management 4 credits. Application of business and health care administration principles to the practice of physical therapy; resource management strategies with emphasis on rural health care delivery. PREREQ: PT 612, PT 613, PT 621, PT 632.
P T 616 Professional Project 1-2 credits. Individual in-depth study of a treatment, administrative or education problem in physical therapy. Preparation and public presentation of a report of this study in format suitable for submission for publication. PREREQ: PT 614. GRADED S/U.
P T 621 Manual Evaluation and Treatment 6 credits. Study and practice of theory and application of basic manual techniques of patient evaluation, handling and treatment in physical therapy.
P T 622 Musculo-Skeletal System Management I 5 credits. Physical therapy evaluation, treatment, and management of patients with muscle, skeletal, and connective tissue problems. Overview of orthopedic pathology. PREREQ: BIOS g474, BIOS g486, PT 621, PT 601, PSCI 318 (CONCURRENT).
P T 623 Musculo-Skeletal Systems Management II 3 credits. Continuation of 622 with emphasis on evaluation and treatment of specific joint injuries and special treatment techniques. PREREQ: PT 622.
P T 624 Cardiac and Pulmonary Systems Management 3 credits. Physical therapy management of persons with dysfunction of the cardiac and/or pulmonary systems and related pathologies. Management by other health professional team members. PREREQ: BIOS g486, PSCI 318 (CONCURRENT), PT 605.
P T 625 Multi-System Management 5 credits. Physical therapy management of persons with problems affecting multiple systems; burns, wounds, amputations, neoplasms, metabolic disorders. PREREQ: PT 621, PT 622, PT 623, PT 624.
P T 626 Neurological System Management 6 credits. Physical therapy management of patients with central and peripheral neural and neuro-muscular dysfunction. Survey of management by other health professionals. PREREQ: PT 602, PT 603 (CONCURRENT), PT 605.
P T 631 Clinical Affiliation I 2 credits. Application of physical therapy manual evaluation and treatment skills in acute and rehabilitation settings. PREREQ: BIOS g474, BIOS g486, PT 601, PT 621. GRADED S/U.
P T 632 Clinical Affiliation II 2 credits. Clinical management practicum related to orthopedics, sports medicine, and/or cardiopulmonary problems. PREREQ: PT 622, PT 623 (CONCURRENT), PT 624, PT 631. GRADED S/U.
P T 633 Clinical Affiliation III 2 credits. Clinical management practicum related to patients with orthopedic, neurological, and/or cardiopulmonary problems. PREREQ: PT 626 (CONCURRENT), PT 632. GRADED S/U.
P T 634 Clinical Affiliation IV 3 credits. Clinical management practicum related to patients with orthopedic, neurological, cardiopulmonary and/or multi-systems problems. PREREQ: PT 615, PT 625, PT 633. GRADED S/U.
P T 640 Physical Management of Young Children with Movement Disorders 2 credits. Biological and environmental factors, medical conditions that place a child at risk for abnormal development; characteristics of developmental disabilities leading to movement disorders; developmental intervention in the classroom.
P T 648 Graduate Special Topics 1-3 credits. Individual or group critical analysis and study of a specific area of physical therapy patient management, administration, or research. PREREQ: 2ND-YEAR P T STUDENTS, AND/OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.