Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Bachelor's: 117, excluding any prerequisite coursework

Required Courses:

Year 1
Summer IICredit Hours
HRPR 5001Current and Emerging Issues in Public Health and Health Professions10
PHTH 8101Introduction to Physical Therapy1
PHTH 8102Teaching, Learning, Group Dynamics2
PHTH 8103Clinical Examination and Intervention Skills I1
PHTH 8104Clinical Examination and Intervention Skills I - Lab1
PHTH 8105Human Anatomy I23
PHTH 8106Human Anatomy I - Lab23
 Term Credit Hours11
PHTH 8107Functional Biomechanics2
PHTH 8108Functional Biomechanics Lab1
PHTH 8109Human Physiology and Pathology I3
PHTH 8111Clinical Examination and Intervention Skills II2
PHTH 8112Clinical Examination and Intervention Skills II Lab1
PHTH 8113Evidence Based Practice I2
PHTH 8161Integrated Clinical Experience 11
 Term Credit Hours12
PHTH 8114Neuroscience3
PHTH 8115Human Physiology and Pathology II3
PHTH 8116Motor Control and Learning2
PHTH 8117Motor Control and Learning - Lab1
PHTH 8118Clinical Examination and Intervention Skills III2
PHTH 8119Clinical Examination and Intervention Skills III Lab1
PHTH 8121Clinical Electrophysiology and Biophysical Agents2
PHTH 8122Clinical Electrophysiology and Biophysical Agents Lab1
PHTH 8162Integrated Clinical Experience 21
 Term Credit Hours16
PHTH 8123Development Across Lifespan31
PHTH 8124Development Across Lifespan - Lab31
PHTH 8125Clinical Management of Musculoskeletal Conditions I33
PHTH 8126Clinical Management of Musculoskeletal Conditions I Lab31
PHTH 8127Clinical Management of Neuromuscular Conditions I32
PHTH 8128Clinical Management of Neuromuscular Conditions I - Lab32
PHTH 8163Integrated Clinical Experience 331
 Term Credit Hours11
Year 2
PHTH 8129Psychosocial Aspects2
PHTH 8131Clinical Management of Musculoskeletal Conditions II3
PHTH 8132Clinical Management of Musculoskeletal Conditions II Lab1
PHTH 8133Clinical Management of Neuromuscular Conditions II3
PHTH 8134Clinical Management of Neuromuscular Conditions II Lab1
PHTH 8135Clinical Management of Cardiopulmonary Conditions3
PHTH 8136Bioethics2
PHTH 8137Evidence Based Practice II2
PHTH 8164Integrated Clinical Experience 41
 Term Credit Hours18
PHTH 8138Management and Healthcare Systems2
PHTH 8139Medical Diagnostics2
PHTH 8141Clinical Management of Musculoskeletal Conditions III3
PHTH 8142Clinical Management of Musculoskeletal Conditions III Lab1
PHTH 8143Management of the Medically Complex Patient2
PHTH 8144Management of the Medically Complex Patient - Lab1
PHTH 8145Pharmacotherapeutics2
PHTH 8146Clinical Management of Pediatrics2
PHTH 8165Integrated Clinical Experience 51
 Term Credit Hours16
PHTH 9185Clinical Experience 148
 Term Credit Hours8
Year 3
PHTH 8147Clinical Pain Sciences1
PHTH 8148Assistive Technologies2
PHTH 8151Evidence Based Practice III2
PHTH 8160Special Topics - Integrated Learning Experience1
Select 2 from the following: 
PHTH 8150
Elective - Special Topics 
PHTH 8152
Elective - Musculoskeletal 
PHTH 8153
Elective - Vestibular 
PHTH 8154
Elective - Clinical Simulation 
PHTH 8155
Elective - Pediatrics 
PHTH 8156
Elective - Geriatrics 
PHTH 9285Clinical Experience 254
 Term Credit Hours13
PHTH 9285Clinical Experience 264
PHTH 9385Clinical Experience 378
 Term Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours: 117

This common College Core course is required of all incoming graduate students in the College of Public Health. It is available completely online and designed such that students can complete the modules at their own pace over the course of their degree program.


PHTH 8105 and PHTH 8106 extend beyond the Summer II term into both the Early Fall term and the Fall term of Year 1.


Courses are taken for 12 weeks, spanning the Summer I term ending Year 1 and the Summer II term beginning Year 2.


PHTH 9185 is taken for 12 weeks, spanning the Summer I term ending Year 2 and the Summer II term beginning Year 3.


Six weeks of clinical education (PHTH 9285) follows ten weeks of the coursework identified above.


Begun in the Fall term of Year 3, PHTH 9285 extends into the Spring term for six additional weeks.


Immediately following conclusion of PHTH 9285 Clinical Experience 2, PHTH 9385 is taken for the remaining 12 weeks of the Spring term.

Culminating Events:
Clinical Experiences:
Three full-time clinical experiences are required over the course of the degree program. Additionally, beginning in the Fall term of Year 1 and throughout Year 2, five part-time clinical experiences allow students to practice and apply current didactic skills with a variety of patient populations.

The full-time clinical experiences include:

  • PHTH 9185 Clinical Experience 1, taken for 8 credits over 12 weeks in the Summer term between Years 2 and 3.

  • PHTH 9285 Clinical Experience 2, taken for 8 credits over 12 weeks beginning in the Fall term of Year 3 and extending into the Spring term of that same academic year.

  • PHTH 9385 Clinical Experience 3, taken for 8 credits over 12 weeks immediately following completion of PHTH 9285 Clinical Experience 2.

Practice Project and Comprehensive Patient Evaluation:
In the Fall term of Year 3, each student participates in a mentored evidence-based practice project and completes a comprehensive evaluation on a simulated patient.