Doctor of Physical Therapy Curriculum

The Division of Physical Therapy offers a contemporary hybrid curriculum. The DPT curriculum integrates a traditional curricular model with elements from problem-based learning, lifespan development, evidence-based practice, and a systems-based approach. As supported by the American Physical Therapy Association, the WVU Physical Therapy curriculum seeks to provide a strong educational background, which equips the graduate to enter clinical practice able to examine, evaluate, diagnose, and intervene in the management of patients/clients who have impairments, functional limitations, and participation restrictions associated with compromise of the cardiopulmonary, musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and integumentary systems.

Summer One

  • PT 705:  Intro Evidence Based PT - 2 hours
  • PT 706:  Adv Clinical Anatomy - 5 hours 

Total Summer One - 7 hours

Fall Year One 

  • PT 711:  Professional Roles 1 - 3 hours
  • PT 713:  Lifespan Functional Movement - 2 hours
  • PT 714:  Clinical Sciences 1 - 4 hours
  • PT 715:  Evidence Based PT 1 - 2 hours
  • PT 716:  Kinesiologic Foundations - 4 hours
  • PT 718:  Evaluation Procedures - 3 hours

Total Fall Year One -  18 hours

Spring Year One 

  • PT 720:  Clinical Education 1  - 1 hours
  • PT 723:  Developmental Life Tasks - 3 hours
  • PT 724:  Exercise Foundations - 3 hours
  • PT 727:  Neurobiologic Foundations - 4 hours
  • PT 728:  PT Procedures1 - 4 hours
  • PT 738:  PT Procedures 2 - 3 hours 

Total Spring Year One - 18 hours

Summer Two

  • PT 730:  Clinical Education Symposium 1 - 1 hours
  • PT 732:  Therapeutic Physical Agents 1 - 2 hours
  • PT 733:  Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy - 3 hours
  • PT 725:  Evidence Based PT 2 - 3 hours
  • PT 734:  Clinical Sciences 2 - 2 hours
  • PT 742:  Therapeutic Physical Agents 2 - 2 hours 

Total Summer Two - 13 hours

Fall Year Two

  • PT 740:  Clinical Education 2 - 1 hours
  • PT 741:  Professional Roles 2 - 4 hours
  • PT 743:  Geriatric Physical Therapy - 2 hours
  • PT 744:  Clinical Sciences 3 -  2 hours
  • PT 745:  Evidence Based PT 3 - 2 hours
  • PT 746:  Orthopedic PT 1 - 5 hours 

Total Fall Year Two -  16 hours

Spring Year Two

  • PT 754:  Clinical Sciences 4 - 3 hours
  • PT 755:  Evidence Based PT 4 - 2 hours
  • PT 756:  Orthopedic Physical Therapy - 3 hours
  • PT 757:  Neurologic PT 1 - 3 hours
  • PT 760:  Clinical Education 3 - 2 hours
  • PT 797:  PT Research 1 - 2 hours 

Total Spring Year Two - 15 hours

Summer Three

  • PT 760:  Clinical Education 3 (continued) - 6 hours

Total Summer Three - 6 hours

Fall Year Three

  • PT 761:  Professional Roles 3 - 3 hours
  • PT 762:  Healthcare Issues in PT - 2 hours
  • PT 763:  Pediatric Physical Therapy - 3 hours
  • PT 767 Neurologic PT 2 - 2 hours
  • PT 765 Evidence Based PT 5 - 1 hours
  • PT 768:  Prosthetics and Orthotics - 3 hours
  • PT 771:  Survey of Niche PT Practice - 2 hours
  • PT 797 PT Research 2 - 2 hours
  • PT 795:  Independent Study - (variable) 

Total Fall Year Three -  18 hours

Spring Year Three

  • PT 770:  Clinical Education Symposium 3 - 2 hours
  • PT 780 Clinical Education 4 -  hours

Total Spring Year Three - 10 hours 

TOTAL CURRICULUM - 121 hours

For course descriptions, please see the WVU Graduate/Professional Catalog .