Doctor of Physical Therapy

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The Doctor of Physical Therapy at Graceland University is a hybrid, accelerated program that provides students with an innovative and collaborative learning community. The mission of the program is to develop movement system experts who lead and serve their communities with justice, compassion, excellence, and a sense of belonging. The innovative, two-year curriculum develops an adaptable, collaborative, evidence-informed, socially responsible, and reflective learning community of practitioners. Students will graduate as empowered physical therapists that can provide transformational care and leadership that serves and positively impacts society.

Offerings
Graduate
Field of Study
Physical Therapy
Format
Online Campus
This program not only develops movement system experts but we strongly value the power of belonging. As we develop a reflective learning community of practitioners, we focus not only on the skills needed to be a physical therapist, but on leadership, service, and professional formation. This is achieved through an innovative and accessible curriculum. Our program strives to empower physical therapists to provide transformational care and leadership that will serve their community and profession in a positive way.
Leigh Murray, PT, PhD Director/Clinical Professor, Physical Therapy Program
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Curriculum

The degree requirements consist of a core set of courses in foundational and clinical sciences, evidence-based practice, and specialty areas (i.e. geriatrics, pediatrics, etc.). Students will also complete physical therapy clinical practice hours within the field under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Find more information on how clinical education experiences work.

The hybrid format of instruction is provided through online education and face-to-face onsite lab immersion sessions that allow students to live anywhere in the country. The program is designed to be in full compliance with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapist Education (CAPTE).

  • Course Descriptions
    Courses Offered
    • DPTP8101Human Anatomy I
      DPTP8101 Human Anatomy I - 4 s.h.

      This course introduces foundational knowledge of gross anatomy and neuroanatomy of the trunk and lower quarter. Explores the clinical application of genetics, embryology, histology, and basic joint structure and function and the forces that affect human movement across the lifespan. Laboratory experiences include use of 3-dimensional anatomy software, living/surface anatomy, synthetic human anatomical models, and other resources to develop sound strategies for tissue differential identification. This course addresses the content of the anatomical regions, including the lumbar spine, pelvis, and lower extremities. Emphasis is on neuromuscular and musculoskeletal anatomy. Development and use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Admission to Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.

    • DPTP8102Human Anatomy II
      DPTP8102 Human Anatomy II - 3 s.h.

      This continues to develop foundational knowledge of gross anatomy and neuroanatomy of the cervicothoracic spine and upper quarter. Explores the clinical application of joint structure and function and the forces that affect human movement across the lifespan. Laboratory experiences include use of 3-dimensional anatomy software, living/surface anatomy, synthetic human anatomical models, and other resources to develop sound strategies for differential tissue identification. Development and use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Admission to Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

    • DPTP8130Human Physiology
      DPTP8130 Human Physiology - 3 s.h.

      This course explores the physiology and pathophysiology of the cellular, integumentary, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, urogenital, and immune systems. Studies medical physiologic principles necessary for physical activity, and the associated effects of physical activity on health and wellness across the lifespan. Development and use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Admission to Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

    • DPTP8140Pharmacology
      DPTP8140 Pharmacology - 2 s.h.

      This course introduces pharmacologic principles and studies medications used in the management of common patient conditions encountered during physical therapy care, and their influence on patient management across the lifespan. The impact of medications on patient presentations, timing of rehabilitation sessions, and physical therapy outcomes are emphasized. Content includes common medications for the cardiovascular, pulmonary, neurological, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, urogenital, rheumatologic, psychosocial, and integumentary systems. Use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Admission to Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

    • DPTP8150Movement Science
      DPTP8150 Movement Science - 2 s.h.

      This course offers a framework for understanding normal and abnormal movement by introducing the fundamentals of movement science focused on the areas of kinesiology, neuroscience, physiology, motor control, and motor learning. Integrating theory with basic principles of motor behavior and motor development will be applied to human motor performance and gait across the lifespan. Emphasis is on the integration of theory, structured movement analyses of activities performed in daily life, and the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) model to inform clinical decision making in physical therapist practice. Development and use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Admission to Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

    • DPTP8201Clinical Neuroscience I
      DPTP8201 Clinical Neuroscience I - 1 s.h.

      This course explores the neuroscience of the movement system, with emphasis on the neuroanatomical structures, neurophysiological functions and developmental sequence of the motor and sensory systems that regulate movement. Use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 1 courses

    • DPTP8302Clinical Neuroscience II
      DPTP8302 Clinical Neuroscience II - 2 s.h.

      This course deepens neuroscience understanding of the movement system, with emphasis on the neuroanatomical structures, pathways and neurophysiological functions that regulate the senses, reflexes posture and the viscera. Lab activities emphasize elements of the neurologic examination and an introduction to common outcome measures and assessment tools. Use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 1 courses

    • DPTP8310Physical Therapy Fundamentals
      DPTP8310 Physical Therapy Fundamentals - 3 s.h.

      This course prepares the student for patient care activities including patient-centered communication, use of the patient management clinical reasoning framework and introduction to its use in various clinical settings. Students will begin to develop patient interview and documentation skills, perform examination tests and measures, and use standardized patient outcome measures. Use of the International Classification of Function, Disability, and Health (ICF) model for critical thinking and data categorization is introduced. Psychomotor skills that are foundational to examination and evaluation are introduced, including vital signs, body mechanics awareness, patient positioning and draping, transfers, assistive device training, basic exercise instruction goniometry, range of motion, muscle testing, and anthropometric measures. Development and use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Admission to Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

    • DPTP8321Therapeutic Interventions I
      DPTP8321 Therapeutic Interventions I - 2 s.h.

      This course introduces and integrates biomechanical principles of joint structure and function, movement analysis, and tissue healing and response to stress. Application of these principles is used to develop basic intervention prescription for the management of patients with acute pain and mobility impairments across the lifespan, with a focus on therapeutic exercise, manual therapy, and selected physical agents. Patient cases are presented to build a framework for identifying tissue specific intervention needs based on identified impairment(s) and activity/participation limitations. Integrates current evidence and clinical decision-making to emphasize appropriate selection, instruction, and progression of interventions. Development and use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Admission to Doctor of Physical Therapy Progra

    • DPTP8322Therapeutic Interventions II
      DPTP8322 Therapeutic Interventions II - 3 s.h.

      This course further develops the principles and application of selected physical-agents and therapeutic interventions for the management of patients with pain and tissue injury while addressing impairments related to mobility, strength, and motor control deficits across the lifespan. Integrates tissue healing principles, current evidence, and case presentation into the clinical decision-making framework to appropriately select, instruct, and progress interventions. Concepts for developing therapeutic alliance and empathy are introduced. Use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 1 courses

    • DPTP8330Health Promotion & Fitness Management
      DPTP8330 Health Promotion & Fitness Management - 2 s.h.

      This course introduces preventive health, wellness, and fitness concepts as they relate to injury prevention, nutritional influences, social determinants of health, fitness testing, and exercise prescription in a healthy population. Students develop injury prevention and exercise programs based on examination results and deliver these to the client using proper procedures and patient-centered communication. Through live or virtual cases, students will learn to modify programs to meet the needs of those with various health literacy and health center access. Use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 1 courses

    • DPTP8401Evidence-Based Practice I
      DPTP8401 Evidence-Based Practice I - 2 s.h.

      This course introduces the foundation of general research and evidence-based principles by exploring research methodologies and outcome measures used in health care. Introduces foundational concepts of scientific inquiry for clinicians by creating clinical questions, searching appropriate literature sources, and assessing the evidence quality. Development and use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 1 courses

    • DPTP8402Evidence-Based Practice II
      DPTP8402 Evidence-Based Practice II - 2 s.h.

      This course expands elements of applied research design and statistics that foster students to become intelligent consumers of scientific literature. Items related to measurement, research design, statistical analysis, critical inquiry, and strength of evidence are presented. Use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 2 courses

    • DPTP8411Professional Competencies I
      DPTP8411 Professional Competencies I - 1 s.h.

      The course defines professional conduct and teaches professional formation and application of lifelong learning skills necessary for developing towards a physical therapy practitioner. Throughout this course, students explore the ethics, core values, and roles and responsibilities of the physical therapist, and the importance of optimizing communication with respect to others' individual and cultural differences, and abilities. Creating an initial professional and lifelong learning skills development plan prepares the student for the professional physical therapy curriculum. Prerequisite: Admission to Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

    • DPTP8412Professional Competencies II
      DPTP8412 Professional Competencies II - 1 s.h.

      The second course in this series prepares students professionally and emotionally for physical therapy clinical practice through exploring roles as a lifelong learner, patient advocate, clinical educator, and a member of the interprofessional care team. Students investigate major health care payer models, billing and coding practice, patient care optimization, and health care regulations, and their impact on physical therapy services. This course blends topics through case applications focused on communication, cultural safety, professional behavior and abilities, ethics, legal issues, safety, and risk management perspectives across all practice settings. Use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 2 courses

    • DPTP8501Musculoskeletal Practice I
      DPTP8501 Musculoskeletal Practice I - 3 s.h.

      This course advances use of the patient management clinical reasoning framework to develop strategies for systems differential identification, neuromuscular differential diagnosis and for interprofessional collaboration when needed. This course introduces examination, evaluation, and treatment sequencing for select conditions of the lumbar spine, pelvis, and hip regions and develops critical reasoning through use of clinical cases. This course emphasizes application of psychomotor skills related to regional palpation, examination, and evidence-based interventions targeting patient education, manual physical therapy, and therapeutic exercise in a patient-centered approach across the lifespan. Use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 1 courses

    • DPTP8502Musculoskeletal Practice II
      DPTP8502 Musculoskeletal Practice II - 3 s.h.

      This course continues to develop students' use of the patient management clinical reasoning framework in the examination, evaluation, and treatment sequence of the neuro-musculoskeletal system for the lower quarter. Focus is placed on the application of psychomotor skills related to regional palpation, examination, and evidence-based interventions emphasizing patient education, manual physical therapy, and therapeutic exercise in a patient-centered approach across the lifespan. This course builds on culturally competent, patient centered care through clinical case presentations and management. Use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 1 courses

    • DPTP8503Musculoskeletal Practice III
      DPTP8503 Musculoskeletal Practice III - 3 s.h.

      The third course in this series continues use of the patient management clinical reasoning framework for the differential diagnosis, examination, evaluation, and treatment sequencing of the neuro-musculoskeletal system for the head and cervicothoracic region. Concentrates on the application of psychomotor skills related to regional palpation, examination, and evidence-based interventions emphasizing patient education, manual physical therapy, and therapeutic exercise in a patient-centered approach across the lifespan. Ongoing integration of culturally competent, patient centered care and use of sound critical reasoning strategies is developed through clinical case presentations and management. Use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 2 courses

    • DPTP8504Musculoskeletal Practice IV
      DPTP8504 Musculoskeletal Practice IV - 3 s.h.

      This The final course in this series continues to integrate critical reasoning for the differential diagnosis, examination, evaluation, and management of the neuro-musculoskeletal system for musculoskeletal dysfunction of the upper extremities. This course concentrates on the application of psychomotor skills related to regional palpation, examination, and evidence-based interventions emphasizing patient education, manual physical therapy, and therapeutic exercise in a patient-centered approach across the lifespan. Ongoing integration of culturally competent, patient-centered care is advanced through clinical presentations and management. Use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 2 courses

    • DPTP8601Neuromuscular Practice I
      DPTP8601 Neuromuscular Practice I - 2 s.h.

      This course introduces examination and management of movement disorders and neurological conditions stemming from central nervous system pathology, with emphasis on Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, cerebral vascular accident, and traumatic brain injury. Application of the patient management clinical reasoning framework to build on the student’s critical reasoning strategies is integrated through use of clinical cases. Lab experiences develop patient-centered management skills and recovery-based treatment techniques built on neuroplasticity principles for patients with neurologic dysfunction. Use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 2 courses

    • DPTP8602Neuromuscular Practice II
      DPTP8602 Neuromuscular Practice II - 3 s.h.

      This course advances examination, evaluation and management of specific movement disorders and neurological conditions stemming from central nervous system pathology, with emphasis on spinal cord, motor neuron diseases, cerebellar conditions, vestibular conditions, and other acquired or degenerative nervous disorders common to physical therapist practice. Application of the patient management clinical reasoning framework through clinical cases is used to strengthen students critical reasoning for developing comprehensive, patient-centered care plans for patients across the continuum of clinical practice settings. Lab experiences continue integration of critical reasoning for selection, performance and adaptation of examination and interventions skills for treatment and management of patients with neurologic diseases/conditions. Use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 2 courses

    • DPTP8620Cardiopulmonary Practice
      DPTP8620 Cardiopulmonary Practice - 4 s.h.

      This course builds on the use of the patient management clinical reasoning framework to develop evaluation, examination, and management skills for patients with common cardiovascular, metabolic, and pulmonary causes of movement system dysfunction. Lab activities include, but are not limited to, ECG analysis, exercise testing, heart and lung auscultation, lung function testing, and chest examinations. Case discussions are presented to enhance communication, safety, patient management, application of evidence for practice, and discharge planning skills across a variety of clinical settings. Students develop appropriate observation and clinical skills necessary for completing a comprehensive evaluation and formulating a comprehensive plan of care with consideration of relevant educational, social, economic, and cultural patient factors. Use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 2 courses

    • DPTP8640Bracing, Orthotics, and Prosthetics
      DPTP8640 Bracing, Orthotics, and Prosthetics - 2 s.h.

      This course provides a foundation for decision-making relating to the use of bracing/orthotics/prosthetics in physical therapy practice. Concepts related to materials, design, fabrication, and technology of braces/orthotic/prosthetic devices will be introduced. The course emphasizes the principles of gait analysis, limb amputation, prescription/wearing/fitting of orthotic/prosthetic devices, the importance of the therapeutic alliance and interprofessional collaboration, and the psychological considerations of the patient using orthotic/prosthetic devices. Use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 1 courses

    • DPTP8660Business Management & Entrepreneurship
      DPTP8660 Business Management & Entrepreneurship - 3 s.h.

      This course provides an overview of basic business principles, as it relates to the practice of physical therapy with a systems-based thinking approach. Students will gain knowledge on assorted topics related to healthcare business management and health informatics. There is a specific focus on understanding payer relationships, diagnostic coding, current procedural terminology, clinical productivity, and operating margin. The course will prepare students to be stewards of fiscal responsibility in the field of physical therapy. Use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 3 courses

    • DPTP8700Integrative Pain Sciences
      DPTP8700 Integrative Pain Sciences - 2 s.h.

      This course provides an overview of managing people with neuromusculoskeletal chronic pain syndromes and the associated psychosocial factors using emerging and contemporary concepts of pain assessment, treatment, and outcomes. Use of case simulations builds on previous pain management knowledge and core competencies while advancing motivational interviewing and therapeutic alliance skills. This course emphasizes the core knowledge necessary for offering best care of patients and provides integrated interprofessional perspectives on comprehensive pain management designed to improve patient outcomes. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 3 courses

    • DPTP8701Physical Therapy Practice I
      DPTP8701 Physical Therapy Practice I - 8 s.h.

      This integrated clinical education course develops student examination, evaluation, and intervention skills during an 8-week mentored clinical experience. The student initiates teamwork and communication with patients/clients, family, and other healthcare professionals and begins to appreciate the role of each team member. This is an integrated experience that builds on the didactic and psychomotor courses within the curriculum. Students begin practice using evidence-based patient management and clinical reasoning skills as an adult learner and a healthcare. Course is graded as pass/ fail. Prerequisite: Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 3 courses and demonstrated readiness for clinical education (as determined by faculty)

    • DPTP8710Management of the Aging Adult
      DPTP8710 Management of the Aging Adult - 3 s.h.

      This course introduces students to the normal and abnormal physiology of aging, and the sociologic and economic consequences on the individual and society. Application of the patient management clinical reasoning framework to build on the student’s critical reasoning strategies is integrated through use of clinical cases with focus on managing co-morbidities (e.g., vascular, or visual compromise, falls, depression, etc.) common in the aging adult. Advancing use of motivational interviewing skills to enhance patient-centered care will be developed through live and simulated cases. Lab activities develop patient management skills for care of the aging adult across practice settings, and with consideration of relevant educational, social, economic, and cultural patient factors. Use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 4 courses

    • DPTP8720Pediatric Practice I
      DPTP8720 Pediatric Practice I - 2 s.h.

      Using a framework of normal development from birth to young adulthood, this course presents fundamental concepts for the physical therapy management of children and adolescents with musculoskeletal, neurological, and cardiopulmonary dysfunction. Current evidence is applied to examination, evaluation, documentation and management of impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions of common pediatric conditions. Topics of family centered care, advocacy, and assistive technologies are explored using live and virtual clinical cases. Use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 2 courses

    • DPTP8721Pediatric Practice II
      DPTP8721 Pediatric Practice II - 1 s.h.

      This course further develops the framework for the physical therapy management of children and adolescents with musculoskeletal, neurological, integumentary, and cardiopulmonary dysfunction. Topics include plan of care development and family centered care strategies to enhance functional outcomes and participation for clients with select acquired and developmental conditions. Advancing clinical reasoning and use of evidence is progressed through live and virtual clinical cases. Use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 3 courses

    • DPTP8730Management of Complex Patients
      DPTP8730 Management of Complex Patients - 4 s.h.

      This course introduces management strategies for medically complex patients and integrates culturally competent and mindful patient management concepts throughout. Assessment and management strategies for patients with primary disease or comorbidities of the cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, oncologic, lymphatic, and integumentary systems are emphasized. Students will incorporate community health informatics and risk mitigation strategies in the design of individual and community-based interventions for effective screening and optimal disease management. Use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 4 courses

    • DPTP8740Primary Care Physical Therapy
      DPTP8740 Primary Care Physical Therapy - 2 s.h.

      This course explores the therapist's role as an interdependent practitioner working within a collaborative medical model. Presenting the clinical tools and decision-making processes necessary for efficiently and effectively collecting, evaluating, and communicating examination data while promoting differential diagnostic principles and clinical decision-making. Students will practice application of wellness, screening, and patient/ client education skillsets to improve the health of the GU (Graceland University) and/or their local community. Use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 3 courses

    • DPTP8750Advanced Therapeutic Interventions
      DPTP8750 Advanced Therapeutic Interventions - 2 s.h.

      This course expands on the students’ critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and management of patients with movement system dysfunctions. This course is a progression of techniques related to spinal stabilization, movement impairments, and soft tissue dysfunction. Interventions include a progression of exercise therapy, manual therapy techniques, dry needling, manipulation, mobilization, muscle energy, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, and proprioceptive/vestibular treatments. Students are provided with expanded knowledge and skills from foundational content previously taught. Lab activities use case scenarios to challenge clinical reasoning for the development and progression of comprehensive treatment plans. Use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 4 courses

    • DPTP8760Advanced Diagnostics
      DPTP8760 Advanced Diagnostics - 1 s.h.

      This course integrates concepts of advanced diagnostic testing and imaging of the major systems and body regions related to physical therapy practice. Specific content reviews utility and basic interpretation of diagnostic ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, nuclear medicine, and radiographs. Rationale and guidelines for examination selection are introduced, and clinical scenarios used to apply decision making for differential diagnosis and interprofessional care team management roles. Use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 3 courses

    • DPTP8900PT Seminar
      DPTP8900 PT Seminar - 1-3 s.h.

      This seminar course allows students to engage in curricular study that meets identified student learning needs. Students will work with assigned faculty to develop learning and assessment of learning necessary for ongoing development. This course may be taken more than once to guide specific student learning in the DPT program. Course credit hours will be determined by the program director. Course graded as pass/ fail. Prerequisite: Permission of the DPT Program Director

    • DPTP9412Professional Competencies III
      DPTP9412 Professional Competencies III - 1 s.h.

      The final course in this series advances student's leadership, and practice management roles across the spectrum of care, and investigates those as a clinical researcher, advocate, educator, and primary care provider. The student explores medical ethics, health care regulations, and practice risk management strategies and how they interact with provision of physical therapy services. Refining strategies to manage fraud and abuse, difficult conversations, situational safety, and challenging clinical scenarios will be a focus of this course. Students will refine a development plan focused on professional growth for the first year of practice. Use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 5, subsession 5-A courses

    • DPTP9702Physical Therapy Practice II
      DPTP9702 Physical Therapy Practice II - 10 s.h.

      This course advances the student’s ability to perform examination, evaluation, and intervention skills during a 10-week mentored clinical education experience. The student further develops the ability to communicate with patients/clients, family, and other healthcare professionals. Emphasizes evidence-based patient management and clinical reasoning skills as an adult learner and a healthcare professional as part of an interprofessional collaborative team. Course is graded as pass/ fail. Prerequisite: Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 5, sub session 5-A courses and demonstrated readiness for continued clinical education (as determined by faculty)

    • DPTP9703Physical Therapy Practice III
      DPTP9703 Physical Therapy Practice III - 14 s.h.

      This course progresses students to entry-level patient management skills during a 14-week mentored clinical experience. The student refines the ability to communicate with patients/clients, family, and healthcare professionals while advancing critical reasoning and use of evidence for optimizing patient management. This course emphasizes evidence-based patient management and clinical reasoning skills as an adult learner and a healthcare professional as part of an interprofessional collaborative team. Course is graded as pass/ fail. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 5 courses and demonstrated readiness for continued clinical education (as determined by faculty)

    • DPTP9710PT Independent Study
      DPTP9710 PT Independent Study - 1 s.h.

      This course allows students to explore contemporary topics in physical therapy practice, professional formation, and preparedness for entry to practice by integrating prior knowledge with evidence on selected topic. Students will work with assigned faculty to develop a learning contract of autonomous study and products of this study sufficient to meet course hour requirements. Students must have a signed learning contract before beginning coursework. Course graded as pass/ fail. May be taken in any semester of the second program year. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all prior DPT coursework

    • DPTP9711Capstone I
      DPTP9711 Capstone I - 1 s.h.

      This is the first of two courses that integrate and apply cumulative knowledge gained from all previous didactic courses and clinical internship experiences. Throughout this course, students will be engaged in reflective practice in three principal areas including integration of content learned through the curriculum, direct application relative to patients managed in the clinical experiences, and professional growth since commencing their DPT education. Students will also articulate how they uphold the 8 core values for physical therapists as outline by the American Physical Therapy Association. Finally, students develop a plan of study for the National Physical Therapy License Exam. Use of lifelong learner skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 5 courses

    • DPTP9712Capstone II
      DPTP9712 Capstone II - 1 s.h.

      This is the second of two courses that integrate and apply cumulative knowledge gained from all previous didactic courses and clinical internship experiences. Students will continue their reflective practice in three principal areas; integration of content learned throughout the curriculum, direct application relative to patients managed in the clinical experiences, and professional growth to prepare for practice. Students will compile this reflection into a format that demonstrates their professional formation and articulates how they will uphold the 8 core values for physical therapists as they move into practice. Students will take a comprehensive exam simulating the National Physical Therapy Licensure Examination. Use of lifelong learner skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 5 courses

    DPTP8101Human Anatomy I DPTP8102Human Anatomy II DPTP8130Human Physiology DPTP8140Pharmacology DPTP8150Movement Science DPTP8201Clinical Neuroscience I DPTP8302Clinical Neuroscience II DPTP8310Physical Therapy Fundamentals DPTP8321Therapeutic Interventions I DPTP8322Therapeutic Interventions II DPTP8330Health Promotion & Fitness Management DPTP8401Evidence-Based Practice I DPTP8402Evidence-Based Practice II DPTP8411Professional Competencies I DPTP8412Professional Competencies II DPTP8501Musculoskeletal Practice I DPTP8502Musculoskeletal Practice II DPTP8503Musculoskeletal Practice III DPTP8504Musculoskeletal Practice IV DPTP8601Neuromuscular Practice I DPTP8602Neuromuscular Practice II DPTP8620Cardiopulmonary Practice DPTP8640Bracing, Orthotics, and Prosthetics DPTP8660Business Management & Entrepreneurship DPTP8700Integrative Pain Sciences DPTP8701Physical Therapy Practice I DPTP8710Management of the Aging Adult DPTP8720Pediatric Practice I DPTP8721Pediatric Practice II DPTP8730Management of Complex Patients DPTP8740Primary Care Physical Therapy DPTP8750Advanced Therapeutic Interventions DPTP8760Advanced Diagnostics DPTP8900PT Seminar DPTP9412Professional Competencies III DPTP9702Physical Therapy Practice II DPTP9703Physical Therapy Practice III DPTP9710PT Independent Study DPTP9711Capstone I DPTP9712Capstone II
    Course Descriptions
    DPTP8101 Human Anatomy I - 4 s.h.

    This course introduces foundational knowledge of gross anatomy and neuroanatomy of the trunk and lower quarter. Explores the clinical application of genetics, embryology, histology, and basic joint structure and function and the forces that affect human movement across the lifespan. Laboratory experiences include use of 3-dimensional anatomy software, living/surface anatomy, synthetic human anatomical models, and other resources to develop sound strategies for tissue differential identification. This course addresses the content of the anatomical regions, including the lumbar spine, pelvis, and lower extremities. Emphasis is on neuromuscular and musculoskeletal anatomy. Development and use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Admission to Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.

    DPTP8102 Human Anatomy II - 3 s.h.

    This continues to develop foundational knowledge of gross anatomy and neuroanatomy of the cervicothoracic spine and upper quarter. Explores the clinical application of joint structure and function and the forces that affect human movement across the lifespan. Laboratory experiences include use of 3-dimensional anatomy software, living/surface anatomy, synthetic human anatomical models, and other resources to develop sound strategies for differential tissue identification. Development and use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Admission to Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

    DPTP8130 Human Physiology - 3 s.h.

    This course explores the physiology and pathophysiology of the cellular, integumentary, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, urogenital, and immune systems. Studies medical physiologic principles necessary for physical activity, and the associated effects of physical activity on health and wellness across the lifespan. Development and use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Admission to Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

    DPTP8140 Pharmacology - 2 s.h.

    This course introduces pharmacologic principles and studies medications used in the management of common patient conditions encountered during physical therapy care, and their influence on patient management across the lifespan. The impact of medications on patient presentations, timing of rehabilitation sessions, and physical therapy outcomes are emphasized. Content includes common medications for the cardiovascular, pulmonary, neurological, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, urogenital, rheumatologic, psychosocial, and integumentary systems. Use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Admission to Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

    DPTP8150 Movement Science - 2 s.h.

    This course offers a framework for understanding normal and abnormal movement by introducing the fundamentals of movement science focused on the areas of kinesiology, neuroscience, physiology, motor control, and motor learning. Integrating theory with basic principles of motor behavior and motor development will be applied to human motor performance and gait across the lifespan. Emphasis is on the integration of theory, structured movement analyses of activities performed in daily life, and the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) model to inform clinical decision making in physical therapist practice. Development and use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Admission to Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

    DPTP8201 Clinical Neuroscience I - 1 s.h.

    This course explores the neuroscience of the movement system, with emphasis on the neuroanatomical structures, neurophysiological functions and developmental sequence of the motor and sensory systems that regulate movement. Use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 1 courses

    DPTP8302 Clinical Neuroscience II - 2 s.h.

    This course deepens neuroscience understanding of the movement system, with emphasis on the neuroanatomical structures, pathways and neurophysiological functions that regulate the senses, reflexes posture and the viscera. Lab activities emphasize elements of the neurologic examination and an introduction to common outcome measures and assessment tools. Use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 1 courses

    DPTP8310 Physical Therapy Fundamentals - 3 s.h.

    This course prepares the student for patient care activities including patient-centered communication, use of the patient management clinical reasoning framework and introduction to its use in various clinical settings. Students will begin to develop patient interview and documentation skills, perform examination tests and measures, and use standardized patient outcome measures. Use of the International Classification of Function, Disability, and Health (ICF) model for critical thinking and data categorization is introduced. Psychomotor skills that are foundational to examination and evaluation are introduced, including vital signs, body mechanics awareness, patient positioning and draping, transfers, assistive device training, basic exercise instruction goniometry, range of motion, muscle testing, and anthropometric measures. Development and use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Admission to Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

    DPTP8321 Therapeutic Interventions I - 2 s.h.

    This course introduces and integrates biomechanical principles of joint structure and function, movement analysis, and tissue healing and response to stress. Application of these principles is used to develop basic intervention prescription for the management of patients with acute pain and mobility impairments across the lifespan, with a focus on therapeutic exercise, manual therapy, and selected physical agents. Patient cases are presented to build a framework for identifying tissue specific intervention needs based on identified impairment(s) and activity/participation limitations. Integrates current evidence and clinical decision-making to emphasize appropriate selection, instruction, and progression of interventions. Development and use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Admission to Doctor of Physical Therapy Progra

    DPTP8322 Therapeutic Interventions II - 3 s.h.

    This course further develops the principles and application of selected physical-agents and therapeutic interventions for the management of patients with pain and tissue injury while addressing impairments related to mobility, strength, and motor control deficits across the lifespan. Integrates tissue healing principles, current evidence, and case presentation into the clinical decision-making framework to appropriately select, instruct, and progress interventions. Concepts for developing therapeutic alliance and empathy are introduced. Use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 1 courses

    DPTP8330 Health Promotion & Fitness Management - 2 s.h.

    This course introduces preventive health, wellness, and fitness concepts as they relate to injury prevention, nutritional influences, social determinants of health, fitness testing, and exercise prescription in a healthy population. Students develop injury prevention and exercise programs based on examination results and deliver these to the client using proper procedures and patient-centered communication. Through live or virtual cases, students will learn to modify programs to meet the needs of those with various health literacy and health center access. Use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 1 courses

    DPTP8401 Evidence-Based Practice I - 2 s.h.

    This course introduces the foundation of general research and evidence-based principles by exploring research methodologies and outcome measures used in health care. Introduces foundational concepts of scientific inquiry for clinicians by creating clinical questions, searching appropriate literature sources, and assessing the evidence quality. Development and use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 1 courses

    DPTP8402 Evidence-Based Practice II - 2 s.h.

    This course expands elements of applied research design and statistics that foster students to become intelligent consumers of scientific literature. Items related to measurement, research design, statistical analysis, critical inquiry, and strength of evidence are presented. Use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 2 courses

    DPTP8411 Professional Competencies I - 1 s.h.

    The course defines professional conduct and teaches professional formation and application of lifelong learning skills necessary for developing towards a physical therapy practitioner. Throughout this course, students explore the ethics, core values, and roles and responsibilities of the physical therapist, and the importance of optimizing communication with respect to others' individual and cultural differences, and abilities. Creating an initial professional and lifelong learning skills development plan prepares the student for the professional physical therapy curriculum. Prerequisite: Admission to Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

    DPTP8412 Professional Competencies II - 1 s.h.

    The second course in this series prepares students professionally and emotionally for physical therapy clinical practice through exploring roles as a lifelong learner, patient advocate, clinical educator, and a member of the interprofessional care team. Students investigate major health care payer models, billing and coding practice, patient care optimization, and health care regulations, and their impact on physical therapy services. This course blends topics through case applications focused on communication, cultural safety, professional behavior and abilities, ethics, legal issues, safety, and risk management perspectives across all practice settings. Use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 2 courses

    DPTP8501 Musculoskeletal Practice I - 3 s.h.

    This course advances use of the patient management clinical reasoning framework to develop strategies for systems differential identification, neuromuscular differential diagnosis and for interprofessional collaboration when needed. This course introduces examination, evaluation, and treatment sequencing for select conditions of the lumbar spine, pelvis, and hip regions and develops critical reasoning through use of clinical cases. This course emphasizes application of psychomotor skills related to regional palpation, examination, and evidence-based interventions targeting patient education, manual physical therapy, and therapeutic exercise in a patient-centered approach across the lifespan. Use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 1 courses

    DPTP8502 Musculoskeletal Practice II - 3 s.h.

    This course continues to develop students' use of the patient management clinical reasoning framework in the examination, evaluation, and treatment sequence of the neuro-musculoskeletal system for the lower quarter. Focus is placed on the application of psychomotor skills related to regional palpation, examination, and evidence-based interventions emphasizing patient education, manual physical therapy, and therapeutic exercise in a patient-centered approach across the lifespan. This course builds on culturally competent, patient centered care through clinical case presentations and management. Use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 1 courses

    DPTP8503 Musculoskeletal Practice III - 3 s.h.

    The third course in this series continues use of the patient management clinical reasoning framework for the differential diagnosis, examination, evaluation, and treatment sequencing of the neuro-musculoskeletal system for the head and cervicothoracic region. Concentrates on the application of psychomotor skills related to regional palpation, examination, and evidence-based interventions emphasizing patient education, manual physical therapy, and therapeutic exercise in a patient-centered approach across the lifespan. Ongoing integration of culturally competent, patient centered care and use of sound critical reasoning strategies is developed through clinical case presentations and management. Use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 2 courses

    DPTP8504 Musculoskeletal Practice IV - 3 s.h.

    This The final course in this series continues to integrate critical reasoning for the differential diagnosis, examination, evaluation, and management of the neuro-musculoskeletal system for musculoskeletal dysfunction of the upper extremities. This course concentrates on the application of psychomotor skills related to regional palpation, examination, and evidence-based interventions emphasizing patient education, manual physical therapy, and therapeutic exercise in a patient-centered approach across the lifespan. Ongoing integration of culturally competent, patient-centered care is advanced through clinical presentations and management. Use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 2 courses

    DPTP8601 Neuromuscular Practice I - 2 s.h.

    This course introduces examination and management of movement disorders and neurological conditions stemming from central nervous system pathology, with emphasis on Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, cerebral vascular accident, and traumatic brain injury. Application of the patient management clinical reasoning framework to build on the student’s critical reasoning strategies is integrated through use of clinical cases. Lab experiences develop patient-centered management skills and recovery-based treatment techniques built on neuroplasticity principles for patients with neurologic dysfunction. Use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 2 courses

    DPTP8602 Neuromuscular Practice II - 3 s.h.

    This course advances examination, evaluation and management of specific movement disorders and neurological conditions stemming from central nervous system pathology, with emphasis on spinal cord, motor neuron diseases, cerebellar conditions, vestibular conditions, and other acquired or degenerative nervous disorders common to physical therapist practice. Application of the patient management clinical reasoning framework through clinical cases is used to strengthen students critical reasoning for developing comprehensive, patient-centered care plans for patients across the continuum of clinical practice settings. Lab experiences continue integration of critical reasoning for selection, performance and adaptation of examination and interventions skills for treatment and management of patients with neurologic diseases/conditions. Use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 2 courses

    DPTP8620 Cardiopulmonary Practice - 4 s.h.

    This course builds on the use of the patient management clinical reasoning framework to develop evaluation, examination, and management skills for patients with common cardiovascular, metabolic, and pulmonary causes of movement system dysfunction. Lab activities include, but are not limited to, ECG analysis, exercise testing, heart and lung auscultation, lung function testing, and chest examinations. Case discussions are presented to enhance communication, safety, patient management, application of evidence for practice, and discharge planning skills across a variety of clinical settings. Students develop appropriate observation and clinical skills necessary for completing a comprehensive evaluation and formulating a comprehensive plan of care with consideration of relevant educational, social, economic, and cultural patient factors. Use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 2 courses

    DPTP8640 Bracing, Orthotics, and Prosthetics - 2 s.h.

    This course provides a foundation for decision-making relating to the use of bracing/orthotics/prosthetics in physical therapy practice. Concepts related to materials, design, fabrication, and technology of braces/orthotic/prosthetic devices will be introduced. The course emphasizes the principles of gait analysis, limb amputation, prescription/wearing/fitting of orthotic/prosthetic devices, the importance of the therapeutic alliance and interprofessional collaboration, and the psychological considerations of the patient using orthotic/prosthetic devices. Use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 1 courses

    DPTP8660 Business Management & Entrepreneurship - 3 s.h.

    This course provides an overview of basic business principles, as it relates to the practice of physical therapy with a systems-based thinking approach. Students will gain knowledge on assorted topics related to healthcare business management and health informatics. There is a specific focus on understanding payer relationships, diagnostic coding, current procedural terminology, clinical productivity, and operating margin. The course will prepare students to be stewards of fiscal responsibility in the field of physical therapy. Use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 3 courses

    DPTP8700 Integrative Pain Sciences - 2 s.h.

    This course provides an overview of managing people with neuromusculoskeletal chronic pain syndromes and the associated psychosocial factors using emerging and contemporary concepts of pain assessment, treatment, and outcomes. Use of case simulations builds on previous pain management knowledge and core competencies while advancing motivational interviewing and therapeutic alliance skills. This course emphasizes the core knowledge necessary for offering best care of patients and provides integrated interprofessional perspectives on comprehensive pain management designed to improve patient outcomes. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 3 courses

    DPTP8701 Physical Therapy Practice I - 8 s.h.

    This integrated clinical education course develops student examination, evaluation, and intervention skills during an 8-week mentored clinical experience. The student initiates teamwork and communication with patients/clients, family, and other healthcare professionals and begins to appreciate the role of each team member. This is an integrated experience that builds on the didactic and psychomotor courses within the curriculum. Students begin practice using evidence-based patient management and clinical reasoning skills as an adult learner and a healthcare. Course is graded as pass/ fail. Prerequisite: Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 3 courses and demonstrated readiness for clinical education (as determined by faculty)

    DPTP8710 Management of the Aging Adult - 3 s.h.

    This course introduces students to the normal and abnormal physiology of aging, and the sociologic and economic consequences on the individual and society. Application of the patient management clinical reasoning framework to build on the student’s critical reasoning strategies is integrated through use of clinical cases with focus on managing co-morbidities (e.g., vascular, or visual compromise, falls, depression, etc.) common in the aging adult. Advancing use of motivational interviewing skills to enhance patient-centered care will be developed through live and simulated cases. Lab activities develop patient management skills for care of the aging adult across practice settings, and with consideration of relevant educational, social, economic, and cultural patient factors. Use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 4 courses

    DPTP8720 Pediatric Practice I - 2 s.h.

    Using a framework of normal development from birth to young adulthood, this course presents fundamental concepts for the physical therapy management of children and adolescents with musculoskeletal, neurological, and cardiopulmonary dysfunction. Current evidence is applied to examination, evaluation, documentation and management of impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions of common pediatric conditions. Topics of family centered care, advocacy, and assistive technologies are explored using live and virtual clinical cases. Use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 2 courses

    DPTP8721 Pediatric Practice II - 1 s.h.

    This course further develops the framework for the physical therapy management of children and adolescents with musculoskeletal, neurological, integumentary, and cardiopulmonary dysfunction. Topics include plan of care development and family centered care strategies to enhance functional outcomes and participation for clients with select acquired and developmental conditions. Advancing clinical reasoning and use of evidence is progressed through live and virtual clinical cases. Use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 3 courses

    DPTP8730 Management of Complex Patients - 4 s.h.

    This course introduces management strategies for medically complex patients and integrates culturally competent and mindful patient management concepts throughout. Assessment and management strategies for patients with primary disease or comorbidities of the cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, oncologic, lymphatic, and integumentary systems are emphasized. Students will incorporate community health informatics and risk mitigation strategies in the design of individual and community-based interventions for effective screening and optimal disease management. Use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 4 courses

    DPTP8740 Primary Care Physical Therapy - 2 s.h.

    This course explores the therapist's role as an interdependent practitioner working within a collaborative medical model. Presenting the clinical tools and decision-making processes necessary for efficiently and effectively collecting, evaluating, and communicating examination data while promoting differential diagnostic principles and clinical decision-making. Students will practice application of wellness, screening, and patient/ client education skillsets to improve the health of the GU (Graceland University) and/or their local community. Use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 3 courses

    DPTP8750 Advanced Therapeutic Interventions - 2 s.h.

    This course expands on the students’ critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and management of patients with movement system dysfunctions. This course is a progression of techniques related to spinal stabilization, movement impairments, and soft tissue dysfunction. Interventions include a progression of exercise therapy, manual therapy techniques, dry needling, manipulation, mobilization, muscle energy, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, and proprioceptive/vestibular treatments. Students are provided with expanded knowledge and skills from foundational content previously taught. Lab activities use case scenarios to challenge clinical reasoning for the development and progression of comprehensive treatment plans. Use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 4 courses

    DPTP8760 Advanced Diagnostics - 1 s.h.

    This course integrates concepts of advanced diagnostic testing and imaging of the major systems and body regions related to physical therapy practice. Specific content reviews utility and basic interpretation of diagnostic ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, nuclear medicine, and radiographs. Rationale and guidelines for examination selection are introduced, and clinical scenarios used to apply decision making for differential diagnosis and interprofessional care team management roles. Use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 3 courses

    DPTP8900 PT Seminar - 1-3 s.h.

    This seminar course allows students to engage in curricular study that meets identified student learning needs. Students will work with assigned faculty to develop learning and assessment of learning necessary for ongoing development. This course may be taken more than once to guide specific student learning in the DPT program. Course credit hours will be determined by the program director. Course graded as pass/ fail. Prerequisite: Permission of the DPT Program Director

    DPTP9412 Professional Competencies III - 1 s.h.

    The final course in this series advances student's leadership, and practice management roles across the spectrum of care, and investigates those as a clinical researcher, advocate, educator, and primary care provider. The student explores medical ethics, health care regulations, and practice risk management strategies and how they interact with provision of physical therapy services. Refining strategies to manage fraud and abuse, difficult conversations, situational safety, and challenging clinical scenarios will be a focus of this course. Students will refine a development plan focused on professional growth for the first year of practice. Use of lifelong learning skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 5, subsession 5-A courses

    DPTP9702 Physical Therapy Practice II - 10 s.h.

    This course advances the student’s ability to perform examination, evaluation, and intervention skills during a 10-week mentored clinical education experience. The student further develops the ability to communicate with patients/clients, family, and other healthcare professionals. Emphasizes evidence-based patient management and clinical reasoning skills as an adult learner and a healthcare professional as part of an interprofessional collaborative team. Course is graded as pass/ fail. Prerequisite: Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 5, sub session 5-A courses and demonstrated readiness for continued clinical education (as determined by faculty)

    DPTP9703 Physical Therapy Practice III - 14 s.h.

    This course progresses students to entry-level patient management skills during a 14-week mentored clinical experience. The student refines the ability to communicate with patients/clients, family, and healthcare professionals while advancing critical reasoning and use of evidence for optimizing patient management. This course emphasizes evidence-based patient management and clinical reasoning skills as an adult learner and a healthcare professional as part of an interprofessional collaborative team. Course is graded as pass/ fail. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 5 courses and demonstrated readiness for continued clinical education (as determined by faculty)

    DPTP9710 PT Independent Study - 1 s.h.

    This course allows students to explore contemporary topics in physical therapy practice, professional formation, and preparedness for entry to practice by integrating prior knowledge with evidence on selected topic. Students will work with assigned faculty to develop a learning contract of autonomous study and products of this study sufficient to meet course hour requirements. Students must have a signed learning contract before beginning coursework. Course graded as pass/ fail. May be taken in any semester of the second program year. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all prior DPT coursework

    DPTP9711 Capstone I - 1 s.h.

    This is the first of two courses that integrate and apply cumulative knowledge gained from all previous didactic courses and clinical internship experiences. Throughout this course, students will be engaged in reflective practice in three principal areas including integration of content learned through the curriculum, direct application relative to patients managed in the clinical experiences, and professional growth since commencing their DPT education. Students will also articulate how they uphold the 8 core values for physical therapists as outline by the American Physical Therapy Association. Finally, students develop a plan of study for the National Physical Therapy License Exam. Use of lifelong learner skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 5 courses

    DPTP9712 Capstone II - 1 s.h.

    This is the second of two courses that integrate and apply cumulative knowledge gained from all previous didactic courses and clinical internship experiences. Students will continue their reflective practice in three principal areas; integration of content learned throughout the curriculum, direct application relative to patients managed in the clinical experiences, and professional growth to prepare for practice. Students will compile this reflection into a format that demonstrates their professional formation and articulates how they will uphold the 8 core values for physical therapists as they move into practice. Students will take a comprehensive exam simulating the National Physical Therapy Licensure Examination. Use of lifelong learner skills is expected. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Trimester 5 courses

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Tuition and Fees

The following tuition rates and associated costs are for the 2023-2024 academic year and apply to students enrolled in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (DPT) program starting in January 2024. The costs indicated below are only an estimate and may be different from the student’s total expenditures. Variable costs of the program include lodging, food, and travel to/from lab immersions and clinical education rotations. In addition, textbooks, computer requirements (laptop computer & mobile device) and hardware/software will vary slightly based on individual student preferences.

Item Fee
Tuition (6 trimesters) $17,860 per trimester
Institutional IT fee:
$18 per course
Program Fees:
General fees (CPR, technology, textbooks, support services, student kit, apps, library, APTA student membership, etc.) $500 per semester

Pre-matriculation fees – student responsibility:
 
Application fee (PTCAS) $150
Health Insurance (optional, annually) $1,250
Lab clothes (estimated, variable) $500
Background check (annually) $100
Immunizations $100
Lab immersion travel (variable) $7,000
Computer/technology $1,500
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Careers in Physical Therapy

Physical therapists are movement experts that practice in various settings, including hospitals, outpatient clinics, fitness facilities and nursing homes. Learn more about the salary, practice settings and career outlook of a physical therapist on the American Physical Therapy Associations’ careers page.

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Accreditation

Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone; 703-706-3245; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Graceland University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on June 1, 2023. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the technical/professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in technical/professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though the achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

Graceland University is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). SARA is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education.

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