Physical therapists are health care professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. The Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) Program prepares graduates to provide physical therapy care for people in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, and nursing homes. Graduates are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Exam required for licensure in every state.
Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."
- Communicate effectively with patients, caregivers, healthcare team members, and the community.
- Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in healthcare and make informed decisions considering patients, caregivers, healthcare systems, and society.
- Function effectively on a healthcare team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan interventions, and meet patient care objectives.
- Acquire, interpret, and apply new knowledge in support of evidence-based practice and life-long learning.
All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admission to the TWU Graduate School section of the catalog.
This academic program may have additional admission criteria that must also be completed as outlined on the program's website.
Total Semester Credit Hours Required
98 semester credit hours.
Overall GPA including original and retake grades of all college courses (calculated in PTCAS) must be above 3.0. Math and science GPA which includes Chemistry I & II, Physics I & II, Anatomy & Physiology I & II and Algebra (or higher but not statistics) must have a GPA above 3.0 (using the latest grade) as calculated in PTCAS. Psychology courses and medical terminology are not included in the math and science GPA. Students must make a C or higher in all prerequisite coursework. The last 60 hours GPA may include post-bachelors or masters credits and bachelor’s degree credits, will include original and retake grades if part of the last 60 hours, and must be above 3.0. This GPA ends where 59-60 credits fall and includes the whole semester. (Range could be 59-73 hours)
|Chemistry I & II with labs - For science majors||8|
|Physics I & II with labs - Algebra or calculus based||8|
|Anatomy & Physiology I & II with labs - Or 4 credits Anatomy and 4 credits of Physiology: each must have 1 hour labs. (Recommend that courses be completed within the last 5 years)||8|
|Algebra or higher or AP credit - Not Statistics||3|
|Intro or general Psychology||3|
|2nd Psychology: Lifespan Developmental, Abnormal, or Physiological||3|
|Medical Terminology - Or universal class online: Med Term 201||1-3|
|Exercise physiology, statistics, advanced physiology, and neuroanatomy/physiology are strongly recommended.|
Program of Study
|PT 6015||Human Gross Anatomy||5|
|PT 6061||Basic Physical Therapy Skills||1|
|PT 6041||Introduction to Exercise Testing and Prescription in Physical Therapy||1|
|PT 6014||Clinical Management in Internal Medicine||4|
|PT 6072||Developmental Concepts: Adolescence to Geriatrics||2|
|PT 6082||Professional Practice in Physical Therapy||2|
|PT 6024||Clinical Neuroscience||4|
|PT 6073||Movement Science in Physical Therapy||3|
|PT 6022||Clinical Management of the Musculoskeletal System||2|
|PT 6003||Exam, Evaluation, and Outcomes in Physical Therapy||3|
|PT 6731||Preliminary Clinical Experience||1|
|PT 6383||Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy||3|
|PT 6302||Integumentary Physical Therapy||2|
|PT 6033||Research in Physical Therapy||3|
|PT 6032||Clinical Management of the Neuromuscular System||2|
|PT 6173||Therapeutic Exercise and Intervention I||3|
|PT 6002||Primary Care in Physical Therapy||2|
|PT 6141||Clinical Integration I||1|
|PT 6323||Neuromuscular Physical Therapy I||3|
|PT 6363||Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy: Lower Quadrant||3|
|PT 6162||Therapeutic Exercise and Intervention II : Lower Quadrant||2|
|PT 6102||Practice Management Issues I||2|
|PT 6001||Critical Inquiry in Physical Therapy I||1|
|PT 6733||Clinical Experience I (6 wks Nov – Dec)||3|
|PT 6151||Psychosocial Aspects of Rehabilitation||1|
|PT 6171||Therapeutic Exercise and Intervention III: Upper Quadrant||1|
|PT 6343||Neuromuscular Physical Therapy II||3|
|PT 6373||Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy: Upper Quadrant||3|
|PT 6122||Prostheses, Orthoses, and Advanced Gait||2|
|PT 6353||Pediatric Physical Therapy||3|
|PT 6111||Practice Management Issues II||1|
|PT 6011||Critical Inquiry in Physical Therapy II||1|
|PT 6804||Clinical Experience II (7 wks Jun – Jul)||4|
|PT 6142||Health Promotion and Wellness I||2|
|PT 6121||Practice Management Issues III||1|
|PT 6814||Clinical Experience III (7 wks Aug – Oct)||4|
|PT 6161||Therapeutic Exercise and Intervention IV||1|
|PT 6152||Health Promotion and Wellness II||2|
|PT 6131||Practice Management Issues IV||1|
|PT 6021||Critical Inquiry in Physical Therapy III||1|
|PT 6816||Clinical Experience IV (12 wks Jan – Mar)||6|
|PT 6802||Clinical Integration II||2|
|PT 6181||Professional Development for the Physical Therapist||1|
Upon completing the D.P.T., 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 ensure that they meet requirements for application for licensure in Texas.
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.
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.