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Physical Therapy

School/College: College of Health Sciences

Degree Conferred: Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Overview

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) is offered for those entering the profession of physical therapy. The DPT is a full-time, 9-semester program. Students enroll in the program in summer. The first six semesters are on campus, and during the final three semesters, all students will participate in clinical experiences located within and outside of southeast Wisconsin.

The program is a sequenced, competency-based curriculum; students matriculate through the curriculum by demonstrating readiness for clinical practice. Rubrics for determining readiness are found on the DPT program website (www.dpt.uwm.edu) and minimally require students to pass all comprehensive examinations, demonstrate professional development, and maintain academic standards consistent with program expectations.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; e-mail: accreditation@apta.org; Web site: www.capteonline.org.


DPT Program Core and Associated Faculty

Associate Professors
Ebersole, Kyle T., Ph.D., LAT, University of Nebraska
Moerchen, Victoria, A., Ph.D., PT, University of Wisconsin-Madison
O'Connor, Kristian M., Ph.D., University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Zalewski, Kathryn R., Ph.D., PT, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Assistant Professors
Keenan, Kevin, Ph.D., University of Colorado-Boulder
Huddleston, Wendy, Ph.D., PT, Medical College of Wisconsin
Wang, Jinsung, Ph.D., Arizona State University
Clinical Professors
Alt, Carlynn A., Ph.D., PT, Marquette University
Cashin, Susan E., Ph.D., Southern Illinois University
Dietrich, Ann, M.S., PT, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (Director of Clinical Education)
Truebenbach, Carrie, M.S., MSPT, OCS, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Renee Mazurek, PT, DPT, University of Arizona

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Admission

Admission to the program is highly competitive. A snapshot of the typical successful applicant is available on the program website at www.dpt.uwm.edu/Prospective Students. The DPT program enrolls students through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS: www.ptcas.org). Policies and procedures related to consideration of the candidate are published on the PTCAS website and updated annually. Students apply to the UWM Graduate School after being recommended for Admission by the DPT program. Undergraduate degree and prerequisite coursework must be completed by the time the student enrolls in the DPT Program.

An applicant must meet Graduate School requirements plus these program requirements to be considered for admission to the program:

  1. Completion of an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with an overall cumulative grade point average (GPA) of a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  2. Completion of 10 prerequisite courses with a minimum prerequisite grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
    1. General Biology I (4 cr)
    2. General Biology II (4 cr)
    3. Human Anatomy (4 cr) OR Anatomy & Physiology I (4 cr)*
    4. Human Physiology (4 cr) OR Anatomy & Physiology II (4 cr)*
    5. Chemistry I (4 cr)*
    6. Chemistry II (4 cr)*
    7. Physics I (4 cr)*
    8. Physics II (4 cr)*
    9. Psychology (3 cr)
    10. Statistics (3 cr)
    11. * courses requiring a lab component

  3. Submission of scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination taken within the last five years
  4. Completion of two, 20-hour-each observational experiences with a licensed physical therapist.
  5. Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be an academic reference.
  6. Responses to narrative essay questions.
Selection

The program will enroll 24 students. Students are selected based on GPA, GRE scores, two letters of recommendation (one academic reference, one personal reference), and narratives. The program will give preference to candidates with pre-requisite requirements completed at the time of application to the program.

Major Professor as Advisor

The Graduate School requires that each student have a major professor to advise, supervise and approve the program of study. Students are assigned faculty advisors in the DPT program. Faculty advisors are core members of the DPT program faculty who are also licensed or eligible for licensure in the state of Wisconsin.

Credits and Courses

The program is a sequenced, competency-based curriculum of 121 credits including 36 weeks of internship in the final year of the program. Students will enroll as full time students for each term of study (Summer, Fall, Spring) and will enroll during UWinteriM of their first year in the program. There is no part-time option for students, nor can courses be taken out of sequence in the DPT program.



Courses — Kinesiology

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Courses numbered 300-699 are Undergraduate/Graduate. Courses numbered 700 and above are Graduate only.

Students not enrolled in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program must have graduate student status or consent of instructor to enroll in courses required in the DPT program.

525 Human Gross Anatomy. 6 cr. U/G.
A comprehensive consideration of the human anatomy including both neuro-musculoskeletal components and internal organ systems. Prereq: grad st; good standing in DPT prog or cons instr
526 Introduction to Physical Therapy Practice and Examination Techniques. 3 cr. U/G.
Students will learn roles, professional behavior expectations, and patient examination techniques. Prereq: grad st; good standing in DPT prog or cons instr
527 Kinesiology & Biomechanics of Normal & Abnormal Movement. 4 cr. U/G.
Principles & theories of the biomechanics of human motion presented to develop analytical skills to assess normal & abnormal movement. Prereq: DPT student in good standing or grad st & cons instr; grad level Human Gross Anatomy w/lab, 8 cr undergrad Physics.
530 Advanced Exercise Physiology. 3 cr. U/G.
Advanced study of the physiological responses to exercise and the adaptations to physical training. Prereq: jr st; grade of C or better in Kin(HMS) 330(P); Kinesiology major or intended major; or grad st.
536 Physiological Regulation in Exertion & Disease. 2 cr. U/G.
Overview of the physiological basis of activity. Prereq: grad st; good standing in DPT prog or cons instr
541 Clinical Foundations of the Physical Therapy Examination. 5 cr. U/G.
Instruction in the techniques of examining patients/clients. Prereq: grad st; good standing in DPT prog
542 Physical Agents. 3 cr. U/G.
The physiological basis, scientific rationale for, and clinical application of thermal, electrophysiology/ electrotherapy and electromagnetic physical agents. Prereq: grad st; good standing in DPT prog or cons instr
553 Medical Physiology. 4 cr. U/G.
Physiological principles related to rehabilitation in physical therapy practice setting and interaction of physiological systems during normal activities and after injury or disease. Prereq: grad st; good standing in DPT prog or cons instr
561 (effective 09/02/2014) Neuromechanics of Voluntary Movement. 3 cr. U/G.
An introduction to the major theoretical and empirical perspectives used to examine how the nervous system and musculoskeletal system work cooperatively to produce human movement. Prereq: jr st; a grade of C or better in Kin(HMS) 461(P) or cons instr.
565 Motor Behavior. 2 cr. U/G.
The theoretical & research evidence basis for normal & disordered movement via motor control, motor learning, & motor development literature. Prereq: grad st; good standing in DPT prog
566 Functional Neuroanatomy. 3 cr. U/G.
The anatomical basis of neuroscience in physical therapy. Prereq: grad st; good standing in DPT prog or cons instr
640 Scientific Principles of Interventions. 5 cr. U/G.
The basic therapeutic interventions used to treat impairments and functional limitations in the different biological systems that lead to movement dysfunction. Prereq: grad st; good standing in DPT prog; graduate level Human Gross Anatomy course with lab; Anatomy/physiology, physics, 8 cr each with labs.
641 Cardiopulmonary Evaluation & Treatment. 3 cr. U/G.
The normal and abnormal structure and function of the cardiovascular, pulmonary and lymphatic systems with emphasis on medical and other therapeutic strategies. Prereq: grad st; good standing in DPT prog or cons instr
642 Professionalism and Ethos of Care. 3 cr. U/G.
The ethics of professional practice, fiduciary relationships, rights, duties associated with the patient/therapist relationship, and the role character plays in ethical decision-making. Prereq: grad st; good standing in DPT prog
643 Integument System. 2 cr. G.
Exploration of factors predisposing skin to breakdown; preventative measures, specific examination, and intervention techniques utilized in treating burns, wounds, and amputations. Prereq: Grad st, admis to DPT program; or cons instr.
680 Clinical Fieldwork I. 1 cr. U/G.
The student will be assigned to a clinically based learning experience with an emphasis on practicing recently learned clinical skills on a patient population. Prereq: grad st; good standing in DPT prog or cons instr
681 Fieldwork II: Basic Skills Experience. 2 cr. G.
Clinically based learning experience focusing on patient evaluation and treatment skills while fostering professional behavior through clinical mentorship. Prereq: grad st, admis to DPT program; Kin(HMS) 680(P); or cons instr.
702 Statistical Analysis in the Health Sciences. 3 cr. G.
Univariate, bivariate, and multivariate analyses as they apply to health science research. Prereq: grad st; intro level statistics course at U/G or G level.
705 Foundations of Clinical Research. 3 cr. G.
Research methodology course with emphasis on the use of clinical research to determine best physical therapy practice. Prereq: grad st; good standing in DPT prog or cons instr
708 Clinical Gait Analysis. 3 cr. G.
Instrumented and observational gait analysis techniques and discussion of the theoretical background of normal and abnormal gait with application to clinical examples Prereq: grad st; good standing in DPT program; or cons instr.
709 Research Practicum. 3 cr. G.
Development of strategies for evaluating and contributing to the evidence for physical therapy practice. Students will select and critically review evidence, develop, execute and present a case report to inform best practice. Prereq: grad st; good standing in DPT program or cons instr.
713 Professional Issues in Physical Therapy. 1 cr. G.
Strategies for growth & adaptation of physical therapy practice in the context of a changing health care environment. Prereq: grad st; valid license to practice physical therapy or cons instr
714 Evidence for Practice I. 3 cr. G.
Provides clinicians with a rubric for searching & evaluating the published literature supporting physical therapy practice & informing best practice decisions. Prereq: grad st; valid license to practice physical therapy or cons instr
715 Evidence for Practice II. 3-6 cr. G.
Synthesis of prior coursework in the development and presentation of a clinical practice decision supported with best evidence practices. Retakable to 6 cr max. Prereq: grad st; valid license to practice physical therapy.
716 Seminar: The Culture of Evidence. 1 cr. G.
The role of evidence in physical therapy clinical decision making with application to current interventions. Prereq:grad st; valid license to practice physical therapy or cons instr
718 Clinical Radiology. 1-2 cr. G.
Medical diagnostics emphasizing indications & implications for imaging studies used to augment information obtained from the physical therapy examination. Prereq: grad st, admis to DPT Program; or cons instr
740 Musculoskeletal: Spine. 3 cr. G.
Evaluation and treatment techniques for spinal dysfunction and injury including mechanical assessment, postural training, therapeutic exercise, manual therapy, and modalities. Prereq: grad st, admis to DPT Program; or cons instr
741 Musculoskeletal System: Lower Extremities. 3 cr. G.
Orthopedic physical therapy evaluation and treatment aspects of lower extremity musculoskeletal problems involving skeletal, connective tissue and muscular components. Prereq: grad st, admis to DPT Program; or cons instr.
742 Musculoskeletal: Upper Extremities. 3 cr. G.
Orthopedic physical therapy evaluation and treatment aspects of upper extremity musculoskeletal problems involving skeletal, connective tissue and muscular components. Prereq: grad st; admis to DPT Program or cons instr.
743 Health Systems Review. 2 cr. G.
Provides systems overview of screening procedures necessary to provide a comprehensive physical therapy diagnosis with an emphasis on screening for referral. Prereq: grad st; valid license to practice physical therapy or cons instr
744 Healthcare Systems and Administration. 3 cr. G.
Practice of management skills in physical therapy consistent with practice in the U.S. health care system and current practice environments. Prereq: grad st; admis to DPT Program or cons instr
745 Health Promotion/Wellness for Physical Therapy Practice. 2 cr. G.
Explores many aspects of health / wellness. Prereq: grad st; good standing in DPT prog or cons instr
746 Case-based Clinical Decision Making. 2 cr. G.
Clinical decision-making in physical therapy including formulation of a diagnosis and plan of care supported by evidence from literature. Prereq: grad st; admis to DPT Program or cons instr.
753 Medical Physiology II. 4 cr. G.
Pathologies and pharmacologic agents related to rehabilitation in physical therapy practice setting. Prereq: DPT student in good standing or grad st & cons instr.
765 Neuromuscular: Adult. 4 cr. G.
Application of motor control and learning, neuroanatomy, and neurophysiology to physical therapy examination and treatment of adults with neurological diagnosis. Prereq: grad st, admis to DPT Program; or cons instr.
766 Neuromuscular: Pediatric. 4 cr. G.
Pediatric onset diagnosis, related examination, interventions, clinical management, and legislation impacting pediatric physical therapy practice. Prereq: grad st; admis to DPT Program or cons instr.
780 Clinical Teaching. 2 cr. G.
Exploration of patient education intervention focusing on patient adherence in the context of learning theory, adult learning, and learning domains. Prereq: grad st, admis to DPT Program; or cons instr.
880 PT Clinical Internship I. 8 cr. G.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy student will be assigned to a clinical facility for internship practice. Prereq: DPT student in good st.
881 PT Clinical Internship II. 8 cr. G.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy student will be assigned to a clinical facility for internship practice. Prereq: DPT student in good st.
882 PT Clinical Internship III. 8 cr. G.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy student will be assigned to a clinical faciltiy for internship practice. Prereq: Kin(HMS) 881; DPT student in good st.
889 Professional Physical Therapy Credential Preparation. 1 cr. G.
Guidance in preparing for the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy licensing exam. Course is offered in a distance learning format. Prereq: DPT student in good standing or grad st & cons instr.

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