2018-2019 Graduate Catalog

Physical Therapy, D.P.T.

Program Description

The entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at Kean follows a hybrid curricular model including many planned, advanced learning experiences such as: problem-based learning, integrated clinical experiences, clinical grand rounds, and online course delivery. The program includes a total of 42 weeks of full-time clinical practice experiences. In addition, the program will include 240 hours of integrated clinical experiences for students, to accompany their major clinical-didactic courses, and have the application of knowledge reinforced throughout the duration of the program.

Through this curricular model, students will progress from the acquisition of, to the application of knowledge and psychomotor skill during each semester of the program. Students will have an early introduction to the application of knowledge in clinical settings, beginning in their second semester. They will gain an early understanding of clinical practice environments and the importance of clinical outcomes in physical therapy. Throughout their varied classroom and clinical practice experiences, students will also gain a comprehensive understanding of the importance of autonomy, advocacy, leadership, and management within physical therapy practice, as part of an evolving heath care system.

Curriculum highlights include:

  • Team-based human gross anatomy course with cadaver dissection
  • Systems-based approach to clinical evaluation, differential diagnosis and intervention
  • Problem-based learning component within clinically oriented courses
  • Interprofessional Grand Rounds series
  • Research and Evidence-based practice series, with emphasis on clinical outcomes, culminating in a faculty-mentored project focused on patient outcomes
  • Management and Leadership Development series emphasizing business acumen required for business leadership development within the profession
  • 42 weeks of full-time clinical education, and 240 hours of integrated clinical education, specifically linked to clinical content within a given curricular year

Prerequisite Coursework

44 credits of basic, applied and social science courses. Each candidate seeking consideration for acceptance into the Doctor of Physical Therapy program much show evidence of having completed the following courses with a grade of “C” or better.

  • 3 credits- English Composition
  • 3 credits- General Psychology
  • 3 credits- Upper-level Psychology, Sociology or Philosophy
  • 8 credits- Biological Sciences (with labs)-A two-semester sequence in biology
  • 8 credits- Anatomy and Physiology (with labs)-A two-semester sequence in A&P
  • 8 credits- Chemistry (with labs)-A two-semester sequence in chemistry
  • 8 credits- Physics (with labs)-A two-semester sequence in physics
  • 3 credits- Statistics

Degree Requirements

  • 9-semesters of curricular study (129 credits); 3 full-time semesters of clinical education.

Program Sequence

First Semester 13

DPT6000HUMAN GROSS AND SURFACE ANATOMY LECTURE

3

DPT6001HUMAN GROSS ANATOMY LAB

4

DPT 6010HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY

3

DPT 6100FOUNDATIONAL ASPECTS OF PHYS THERAPY PRACTICE

3

Second Semester 16

DPT 6110MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM I

5

DPT 6020CLINICAL NEUROSCIENCE

4

DPT 6120KINESIOLOGY AND BIOMECHANICS

3

DPT 6200P T POLICY AND PRACTICE

2

DPT 6300CLINICAL GRAND ROUNDS I

1

DPT 6600INTEGRATED CLINICAL EXPERIENCE I

1

Third Semester 17

DPT 6111MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM II

5

DPT 6340RSRCH&EVIDENCE-BSD PRAC I

3

DPT 6130EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY

3

DPT 6030PHARMACOLOGY

2

DPT 6140ELECTROTHERAPEUTIC MOD P T

2

DPT 6310CLINICAL GRAND ROUNDS 2

1

DPT 6610INTEGRATED CLINICAL EXPERIENCE II

1

Fourth Semester 11

DPT 6700CLINICAL PRACTICUM I

9

DPT 6040APPLIED CLINICAL IMAGING

1

DPT 6500DOCTORAL SEMINAR 1

1

Fifth Semester17

DPT 6150P T MANAGEMNT/NERVOUS SYST I

5

DPT 6160P T MANAGMNT/CARDIOPULM SYST

4

DPT 6341RSRCH&EVIDENCE-BSD PRAC II

3

DPT 6250PSYCHOSOCIAL ASPCTS OF P T

3

DPT 6320CLINICAL GRAND ROUNDS 3

1

DPT 6620INTEGRATED CLINICAL EXPERIENCE III

1

Sixth Semester 16

DPT 6151P T MANAGMNT/NERVOUS SYST II

5

DPT 6131HEALTH PROMO&WELLNESS/EDUC

3

DPT 6210ETHICS, ADVOCACY&LEADERSHIP/HLTHCARE

3

DPT 6220CLINICAL PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

3

DPT 6330CLINICAL GRAND ROUNDS 4

1

DPT 6630INTEGRATED CLINICAL EXPERIENCE IV

1

Seventh Semester 13

DPT 6170HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

4

DPT 6180INTEGRATIVE/MULTISYSTEM P T

3

DPT 6230DPT INDEPENDENT STUDY

3

DPT 6190COMPLEX PATIENT MANAGEMENT

2

DPT 6240ACCOUNTABILITY&DOCMNT IN PT

1

Eighth Semester 13

DPT 6800CLINICAL PRACTICUM II

12

DPT 6510DOCTORAL SEMINAR II

1

Ninth Semester 13

DPT 6900CLINICAL PRACTICUM III

12

DPT 6520DOCTORAL SEMINAR III

1

Total Credit Hours: 129