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Physical Therapy

School/College: College of Health Sciences

Degree Conferred: Doctor of Physical Therapy

Contents


Overview

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) is offered for those entering the profession of physical therapy. The DPT is a full-time, three-year, tracked program. Students enroll in the program in summer and are continuously enrolled for the 34-month curriculum. 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 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.


Graduate Faculty

Professors
Enwemeka, Chukuka S., Ph.D., New York University
Meyer, Barbara B., Ph.D., Michigan State University
Associate Professors
Cobb, Stephen, Ph.D., Georgia State University
Earl Boehm, Jennifer, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
Ebersole, Kyle, Ph.D., University of Nebraska
Greenleaf, Christy, Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Greensboro
Moerchen, Victoria, Ph.D., PT, University of Wisconsin-Madison
O'Connor, Kristian M., Ph.D., University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Swartz, Ann M., Ph.D., University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Strath, Scott J., Ph.D., University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Zalewski, Kathryn R, Ph.D., PT, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Assistant Professors
Arvinen-Barrow, Monna, Ph.D., University of Northampton
Huddleston, Wendy, Ph.D., PT, Medical College of Wisconsin
Keenan, Kevin, Ph.D., University of Colorado-Boulder
Klos (Neighbors), Lori, Ph.D., Cornell University
Wang, Jinsung, Ph.D., Arizona State University

Clinical Associate Professors
Carlynn Alt, Ph.D., PT, Marquette University
Susan Cashin, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Admission

Admission to the program is competitive. The program will enroll 24 students annually. The DPT program has two application deadlines: August 15 for early admission and November 1 for regular admission. 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:

  • 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).
  • Completion of 10 prerequisite courses with a minimum prerequisite grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
    • General Biology (4 cr)
    • Human Anatomy (4 cr)*
    • Human Physiology (4 cr)*
    • Chemistry I (4 cr)*
    • Chemistry II (4 cr)*
    • Physics I (4 cr)*
    • Physics II (4 cr)*
    • Sociology (3 cr)
    • Psychology (3 cr)
    • Statistics (3 cr)
    • * courses requiring a lab component
  • Submission of scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination taken within the last five years
  • Completion of two, 20-hour-each observational experiences with a licensed physical therapist.
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be an academic reference.
  • Narrative essays are evaluated as part of the selection process.
Selection

The program will enroll 24 students per year. Students are selected based on GPA, GRE scores, two letters of recommendation (one academic reference, one personal reference), and narratives. For equally qualified candidates, the selection committee will consider depth of preparation in the basic and human movement sciences. UWM kinesiology students are strongly encouraged to apply.

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 tracked curriculum of 119 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 in the DPT program.



Courses

Courses numbered 300 to 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.

Human Movement Sciences (HMS)
525 (HMS 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 student status & enrollment in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Prog. Students in good standing in prog or cons of instr.
526 (HMS 526) Applied Anatomy Assessment. 1 cr. U/G. A course designed to acquaint the student with the clinical significance of anatomical landmarks & palpation skills. Prereq: Grad student status & enrollment in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Prog. Students in good standing in prog or cons of instr.
527 (HMS 527) Kinesiology and Biomechanics of Normal and Abnormal Movement. 3 cr. U/G. The principles & theories of the biomechanics of human motion presented to develop analytical skills to assess normal & abnormal movement. Prereq: Grad student status & enrollment in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Prog. Students in good standing in prog or cons of instr.
536 (HMS 536) Physiological Regulation in Exertion and Disease. 2 cr. U/G. This course is designed to provide the student with an overview of the physiological basis of activity. Prereq: Grad student status & enrollment in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Prog. Students in good standing in prog or cons of instr.
540 (HMS 540) Introduction to Physical Therapy Practice. 2 cr. U/G. The learner will be exposed to the multiple roles of the physical therapist as a professional. Prereq: Grad student status & enrollment in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Prog. Students in good standing in prog or cons of instr.
541 (HMS 541) Clinical Foundations of the Physical Therapy Examination. 5 cr. U/G. A course designed to instruct the student on techniques to examine patients/clients. Prereq: Grad student status & enrollment in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Prog. Students in good standing in prog or cons of instr.
542 (HMS 542) Physical Agents. 3 cr. U/G. This course provides an understanding of the physiological basis, scientific rationale for, & clinical application of: thermal, electrophysiology/ electrotherapy & electromagnetic physical agents. Prereq: Grad student status & enrollment in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Prog. Students in good standing in prog or cons of instr.
553 (HMS 553) Medical Physiology. 4 cr. U/G. Emphasis upon physiological principles related to rehabilitation in physical therapy practice setting & interaction of physiological systems during normal activities & after injury or disease. Prereq: Grad student status & enrollment in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Prog. Students in good standing in prog or cons of instr.
565 (HMS 565) Motor Behavior. 2 cr. U/G. This course will provide a theoretical & research evidence basis for normal & disordered movement via motor control, motor learning, & motor development literature. Prereq: Grad student status & enrollment in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Prog. Students in good standing in prog or cons of instr.
566 (HMS 566) Functional Neuroanatomy. 3 cr. U/G. This course will introduce the student to the anatomical basis of neuroscience in physical therapy. Prereq: Grad student status & enrollment in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Prog. Students in good standing in prog or cons of instr.
635 (HMS 635) Pathophysiology. 2 cr. U/G. This course will provide the student with information about the general inflammatory & specific pathologies of the various organ systems. Prereq: Grad student status & enrollment in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Prog. Students in good standing in prog or cons of instr.
640 (HMS 640) Scientific Principles of Interventions. 5 cr. U/G. This course teaches the basic therapeutic interventions used to treat impairments and functional limitations in the different biological systems that lead to movement dysfunction. Prereq: Grad student status & enrollment in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Prog. Students in good standing in prog or cons of instr.
641 (HMS 641) Cardiopulmonary Evaluation & Treatment. 3 cr. U/G. This course focuses on normal & abnormal structure & function of the cardiovascular, pulmonary & lymphatic systems with emphasis on medical & other therapeutic strategies. Prereq: Grad student status & enrollment in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Prog. Students in good standing in prog or cons of instr.
642 (HMS 642) Professionalism and the Ethos of Care. 3 cr. U/G. Students will explore ethics of professional practice, fiduciary relationships, rights, duties associated with the patient/therapist relationship & the role character plays in ethical decision-making. Prereq: Grad student status & enrollment in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Prog. Students in good standing in prog or cons of instr.
680 (HMS 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 student status & enrollment in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Prog. Students in good standing in prog or cons of instr.
705 (HMS 705) Foundations of Clinical Research. 2 cr. G. Research methodology with an emphasis on clinical research is the focus of this course. Prereq: Grad student status & enrollment in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Prog. Students in good standing in prog or cons of instr.
713 (HMS 713) Professional Issues Seminar. 1 cr. G. Explores strategies for growth and adaptation of physical therapy practice in the context of a changing health care environment. Prereq: Valid license to practice physical therapy or cons of instr.
714 (HMS 714) Evidence for Practice I. 3 cr. G. Provides clinicians with a rubric for searching and evaluating the published literature supporting physical therapy practice and informing best practice decisions. Prereq: Valid license to practice physical therapy or cons of instr.
715 (HMS 715) Evidence for Practice II. 3 cr. G. This course synthesizes prior coursework in the development and presentation of a clinical practice decision supported with best evidence practices. Students may re-enroll in this course for up to 6 credits. Prereq: Valid license to practice physical therapy.
716 (HMS 716) Seminar: The Culture of Evidence. 1 cr. G. Overview of the role of evidence in physical therapy clinical decision making with application to current interventions. Prereq: Valid license to practice physical therapy or cons of instr.
718 (HMS 718) Clinical Radiology. 2 cr. G. Overview of medical diagnostics emphasizing indications and implications for imaging studies used to augment information obtained from the physical therapy examination. Prereq: Valid license to practice physical therapy or cons of instr.
743 (HMS 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: Valid license to practice physical therapy or cons of instr.
745 (HMS 745) Health Promotion/Wellness for Physical Therapy Practice. 3 cr. G. Explores epidemiology, risk factors, health behavior, preventive screening, principles and application of the principles to a healthy population and populations with unique needs. Prereq: Valid license to practice physical therapy or cons of instr.

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