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The FIU Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) curriculum features a progressive, problem-oriented approach and includes rigorous coverage of the full range of basic medical and clinical sciences, hands-on skills and research relevant to the current practice of physical therapy.

Courses & Syllabi

Visit the FIU Catalog for full course descriptions and program requirements

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  • Enter the Course Code in the “Search Bar” OR select “Graduate”
  • Select “Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences”

Enrolled students can download the program syllabi from FIU Sharepoint - DPT Program.

Total Credits Required:  113

  • Year 1: Fall Semester (16 credits)
    • PHT 5070: Principles of Diagnostic Imaging (1 credits)
    • PHT 5174: Analysis of Movement and Function (3 credits)
    • PHT 5174L: Analysis of Movement and Function Lab (1 credits)
    • PHT 5244C: Therapeutic Exercise (3 credits)
    • PHT 5523: Dimensions of Professional Practice Seminar I (3 credits)
    • GMS 6605: Basic Human Anatomy (3 credits)
    • GMS 7603: Anatomy of Musculoskeletal System (2 credits)
  • Year 1: Spring Semester (14 credits)
    • PHT 5180: Musculoskeletal Diagnosis and Management I (3 credits)
    • PHT 5180L: Musculoskeletal Diagnosis and Management I Lab (1 credits)
    • PHT 5205: Clinical Skills (3 credits)
    • PHT 5205L: Clinical Skills Lab (1 credits)
    • PHT 5303: Pathophysiology of Disease (3 credits)
    • PHT 6353: Principles of Diagnostic and Pharmacology in PT (3 credits)
  • Year 1: Summer Semester (12 credits)
    • PHT 5027: Clinical Education Seminar (1 credits)
    • PHT 5181: Musculoskeletal Diagnosis and Management II (3 credits)
    • PHT 5181L: Musculoskeletal Diagnosis and Management II Lab (1 credits)
    • PHT 6165: Applied Clinical Neuro Anatomy (3 credits)
    • PHT 6341: Diagnosis & Manage of Disease (3 credits)
    • PHT 6341L: Diagnosis & Manage. of Disease Lab (1 credits)
  • Year 2: Fall Semester (11 credits)
    • PHT 5805: Clinical Internship I (8 weeks) (4 credits)
    • PHT 5182: Musculoskeletal Diagnosis and Management III (3 credits)
    • PHT 5182L: Musculoskeletal Diagnosis and Management III Lab (1 credits)
    • PHT 6125: Clinical Biomechanics (3 credits)
  • Year 2: Spring Semester (14 credits)
    • PHT 6127: Advanced Pathologic Movement Analysis (3 credits)
    • PHT 6164: Neurological Diagnosis and Management II (3 credits)
    • PHT 6164L: Neurological Diagnosis and Management I Lab (1 credits)
    • PHT 6381: Diagnosis and Management of Cardio-Pulmonary Systems (3 credits)
    • PHT 6381L: Diagnosis and Management of Cardio-Pulmonary Systems Lab (1 credits)
    • PHT 6970: DPT Project I (3 credits)
  • Year 2: Summer Semester (13 credits)
    • PHT 5373: Advanced Therapy Assessment of the Elderly (3 credits)
    • PHT 6169: Neurological Diagnosis and Management III (3 credits)
    • PHT 6169L: Neurological Diagnosis and Management III Lab (1 credits)
    • PHT 6625: PT Research Methods and Design (3 credits)
    • PHT 6970: DPT Project II (3 credits)
  • Year 3: Fall Semester (14 credits)
    PHT 5505C: PT Constructs in Health Wellness
    3 credits)
    PHT 6009: Differential Diagnosis in PT
    3 credits)
    PHT 6817: Clinical Internship II (8 weeks)
    5 credits)
    PHT 6970: DPT Project II
    3 credits)
  • Year 3: Spring Semester (14 credits)
    • PHT XXXX: Elective I (3 credits)
    • PHT XXXX: Elective II (3 credits)
    • PHT 6526: Dimensions of Professional Practice IV (3 credits)
    • PHT 6827: Clinical Internship III (8 weeks) (5 credits)
  • Year 3: Summer Semester (5 credits)
    • PHT 6828: Clinical Internship IV (10 weeks) (5 credits)
    • Comprehensive Examination 
    • Oral and Written Presentation of Research

Curriculum schedule is subject to change.

Informed consent relative to participation in instructional activities.

Students are required to participate in lecture-demonstrations, laboratory classes, clinical observation, and participation in clinical treatments as part of their training to become physical therapists. Many of these activities may pose more than a trivial risk to student's physical and/or mental health and comfort.

Students should expect to come into close physical contact with fellow students as well as wear clothing that maximizes exposure while maintaining modesty.

DPT Project

You have three (3) semesters of a DPT project in which you will be assigned to a faculty member to assist in their research. Please remember that there is no assigned time for this course so please work closely with your faculty mentor to make sure you are available when requested. Plan your work around the course and not the course around your work. The culmination of this research experience will be a paper formatted for publication and/or oral/poster presentation of your work.


Students may apply for graduation in accordance with university-wide procedures. The Chair, or his or her designee, will support the application if the student shows evidence of the ability to complete their program of studies by the graduation date applied for.