Doctor of Physical Therapy - Professional

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

98 semester credit hours.

Prerequisite Courses

Math and science prerequisites must have a GPA above 3.0 (using the latest grade) to include chemistry I & II, physics I & II, A&P I & II and algebra (or higher but not statistics) as calculated in PTCAS. Psychology courses and medical terminology are not included.  Must make a C or higher in all prerequisite coursework.

Chemistry I & II with labs - For science majors8
Physics I & II with labs - Algebra or calculus based8
Anatomy & Physiology I & II with labs - Or 4 credits Anatomy and 4 credits of Physiology: each must have 1 hours labs. (must have been completed within the last 5 years)8
Algebra or higher or AP credit - Not Statistics3
Intro or general Psychology3
2nd Psychology: Lifespan Developmental, Abnormal, or Physiological3
Medical Terminology - Or universal class online: Med Term 2011-3
Exercise physiology, statistics, advanced physiology, and neuroanatomy/physiology are strongly recommended.
Total SCHs34-36

Program of Study

Semester 1
PT 6015Human Gross Anatomy5
PT 6061Basic Physical Therapy Skills1
PT 6041Introduction to Exercise Testing and Prescription in Physical Therapy1
PT 6014Clinical Management in Internal Medicine4
PT 6072Developmental Concepts: Adolescence to Geriatrics2
PT 6082Professional Practice in Physical Therapy2
Semester 2
PT 6024Clinical Neuroscience4
PT 6073Movement Science in Physical Therapy3
PT 6022Clinical Management of the Musculoskeletal System2
PT 6003Exam, Evaluation, and Outcomes in Physical Therapy3
PT 6731Preliminary Clinical Experience1
PT 6383Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy3
Semester 3
PT 6302Integumentary Physical Therapy2
PT 6033Research in Physical Therapy3
PT 6032Clinical Management of the Neuromuscular System2
PT 6173Therapeutic Exercise and Intervention I3
PT 6002Primary Care in Physical Therapy2
PT 6141Clinical Integration I1
Semester 4
PT 6323Neuromuscular Physical Therapy I3
PT 6363Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy: Lower Quadrant3
PT 6162Therapeutic Exercise and Intervention II : Lower Quadrant2
PT 6102Practice Management Issues I2
PT 6001Critical Inquiry in Physical Therapy I1
PT 6733Clinical Experience I (6 wks Nov – Dec)3
Semester 5
PT 6151Psychosocial Aspects of Rehabilitation1
PT 6171Therapeutic Exercise and Intervention III: Upper Quadrant1
PT 6343Neuromuscular Physical Therapy II3
PT 6373Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy: Upper Quadrant3
PT 6122Prostheses, Orthoses, and Advanced Gait2
PT 6353Pediatric Physical Therapy3
PT 6111Practice Management Issues II1
PT 6011Critical Inquiry in Physical Therapy II1
Semester 6
PT 6804Clinical Experience II (7 wks Jun – Jul)4
PT 6142Health Promotion and Wellness I2
PT 6121Practice Management Issues III1
Semester 7
PT 6814Clinical Experience III (7 wks Aug – Oct)4
PT 6161Therapeutic Exercise and Intervention IV1
PT 6152Health Promotion and Wellness II2
PT 6131Practice Management Issues IV1
PT 6021Critical Inquiry in Physical Therapy III1
Semester 8
PT 6816Clinical Internship (12 wks Jan – Mar)6
PT 6802Clinical Integration II2
PT 6181Professional Development for the Physical Therapist1
Total SCHs98

Upon completing the DPT, a licensure exam is required to practice. Please note that entry to the profession in all states requires licensure. Many states have different provisions for licensure, so applicants must determine if they meet these requirements. It is the responsibility of the applicants to insure that they meet requirements for application for licensure in Texas.

Special Requirements

Health and liability insurance are required each semester the student is enrolled. Clinical internships are required which necessitate additional expenses for the student. Students must abide by additional policies involving clinical internships. A grade point average of 3.0 must be maintained. In accordance with the Graduate School, the School of Physical Therapy limits the number of Cs earned by a student in the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy degree plan to no more than two (2). Students must successfully complete one semester’s coursework before taking coursework in the next semester. Courses may be repeated only with permission of the Graduate Faculty, Associate Director, and Director of the School of Physical Therapy.

Final Examination

Defense of the critical inquiry project which may be repeated only upon successful appeal to the Graduate Faculty of the School of Physical Therapy.


General policies, procedures, and appeal processes are established by the School and distributed to students upon entry into the program.  See the Doctor of Physical Therapy Handbook.