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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

  • Navigate to the current academic year
  • 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)

    Course#

    Description

    Credits

    PHT 5070

    Diagnostics Imaging

    1

    PHT 5174

    Analysis of Movement

    3

    PHT 5174L

    Analysis of Movement Lab

    1

    PHT 5244C

    Therapeutic Exercise

    3

    PHT 5523

    Dimensions of Professional Practice Seminar I

    3

    PHT 5180

    Musculoskeletal Diagnosis & Mgmt I

    3

    PHT 5180L

    Musculoskeletal Diagnosis & Mgmt I Lab

    1


    Spring Semester: (14 Credits)

    Course #

    Description

    Credits

    PHT 5181

    Musculoskeletal Diagnosis & Mgmt II

    3

    PHT 5181L

    Musculoskeletal Diagnosis & Mgmt II Lab

    1

    PHT 5205

    Clinical Skills

    3

    PHT 5205L

    Clinical Skills Lab

    1

    PHT 5303

    Pathophysiology

    3

    PHT 6353

    Pharmacology

    3

     

    Summer Semester:  (12 Credits)

    Course#

    Description

    Credits

    PHT 5027

    Clinical Education  Seminar

    1

    PHT 5182

    Musculoskeletal Diagnosis & Mgmt III

    3

    PHT 5182L

    Musculoskeletal Diagnosis & Mgmt III Lab

    1

    PHT 6165

    Applied Neuroanatomy

    3

    PHT 6341

    Disease Management

    3

    PHT 6341L

    Disease Management Lab

    1

  • Year 2

    Fall Semester 2: (14 Credits)

    Course#

    Description

    Credits

    PHT 5805

    Clinical Experience I

    3

    PHT 6125

    Clinical Biomechanics

    3

    PHT 6163

    Neuro Diagnosis  & Mgmt I

    3

    PHT 6163L

    Neuro Diagnosis  & Mgmt I Lab

    1

    PHT 6905

    Independent Study

    1

    PHT 6625

    PT Research

    3

     

    Spring Semester 2: (12 Credits)

    Course#

    Description

    Credits

    PHT 6164

    Neuro Diagnosis  & Mgmt II

    3

    PHT6164L

    Neuro Diagnosis  & Mgmt II Lab

    1

    PHT 6381

    Cardio Pulmonary

    3

    PHT 6381L

    Cardio Pulmonary Lab

    1

    PHT 6970

    DPT Project I

    3

    PHT 6547

    Case Management

    1

     

    Summer Semester 2: (14 Credits)

    Course#

    Description

    Credits

    PHT 5373

    Advanced Therapy Elderly

    3

    PHT 6169

    Neuro Diagnosis  & Mgmt III (Pediatrics)

    3

    PHT 6169L

    Neuro Diagnosis  & Mgmt III Lab

    1

    PHT 6127

    Advanced Movement Analysis

    3

    PHT 6970

    DPT Project II

    3

    PHT 6547

    Case Management

    1

  • Year 3

    Fall Semester 3: (13 Credits)

    Course#

    Description

    Credits

    PHT 5505C

    PT Health & Wellness

    3

    PHT 6009

    Differential Diagnosis

    3

    PHT 6817

    Clinical Experience II

    3

    PHT 6970

    DPT Project III

    3

    PHT 6547

    Case Management

    1

     

    Spring Semester 3: (14 Credits)

    Course#

    Description

    Credits

    PHT 6725

    Extreme Evaluation Rehab

    3

    PHT 6325

    Advanced Pediatrics

    3

    PHT 5524

    Dimensions of Professional Practice Seminar II

    3

    PHT 6827

    Clinical Experience III

    3

    PHT 6905

    Independent Study

    1

    PHT 5960

    Comprehensive Exam I (PEAT)

    1

     

    Summer Semester 3: (5 Credits)

    Course#

    Description

    Credits

    PHT 6828

    Clinical Experience IV

    3

    PHT 6905

    Independent Study

    1

    PHT 6961

    Comprehensive Exam II (Score Builders)

    1

The above 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.

Graduation

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.