DPT Curriculum at Emory

Students in the Division of Physical Therapy at Emory earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. The program of study is 35 months in length. Students enter the program in June and graduate three years later in May. For all degree programs, the majority of required credits for graduation must be earned at Emory University School of Medicine. In the first two semesters, students study normal structure and function of the human body, principles of movement science across the life span, and basic skills necessary for professional practice. Beginning in the third semester, study of pathophysiology and disease processes is integrated with clinical problem solving in concurrent courses with associated part time clinical education experiences. Before students are awarded their degrees, they must successfully complete 30 weeks of full time clinical internships at sites which represent the diverse environments in which physical therapists practice. Emory students choose from selected clinical education sites in the metropolitan Atlanta area and outstanding facilities around the nation. During the final two semesters of study in the DPT program, students return to Emory to complete advanced course work, research projects and choose from specialized elective courses in areas of individual interest. After graduation, all physical therapists must take a state licensure examination. Graduation from an accredited physical therapy program is required to take state licensure examinations in physical therapy.

Semester Class Schedule

Semester 1: Summer (1st year)

SU DPT 700 Health Promotion, Wellness, and Prevention: Individual
1 Credit Hours: Graded
SU DPT 705 Human Anatomy
4 Credit Hours: Graded
SU DPT 710 Basic Measurement Skills
3 Credit Hours: Graded
SU DPT 715 Kinesiology and Biomechanics
4 Credit Hours: Graded
SU DPT 720 Ethics and Professionalism
2 Credit Hours: Graded
SU DPT 725 Interpersonal Communications
2 Credit Hours: Graded
Semester Total = 16 credits

Semester 2: Fall (1st year)

FA DPT 730 Systems Physiology
5 Credit Hours: Graded
FA DPT 735 Neuroscience
4 Credit Hours: Graded
FA DPT 740 Introduction to Interventions
3 Credit Hours: Graded
FA DPT 745 Growth Processes: Lifespan
4 Credit Hours: Graded
FA DPT 750 Teaching and Learning Process
2 Credit Hours: Graded
Semester Total = 18 credits

Semester 3: Spring (1st year)

SP DPT 755 General Medical Conditions
12 Credit Hours: Graded
SP DPT 760 Medical Genetics in PT
3 Credit Hours: Graded
SP DPT 765 Evidence-Based Practice
2 Credit Hours: Graded
Semester Total = 17 credits

Semester 4: Summer (2nd year)

SU DPT 800 Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
10 Credit Hours: Graded
SU DPT 805 Principles of Motor Learning
3 Credit Hours: Graded
Semester Total = 13 credits

Semester 5: Fall (2nd year)

FA DPT 810 Adult Neurorehabilitation
7 Credit Hours: Graded
FA DPT 815 Pediatric Rehabilitation
4 Credit Hours: Graded
FA DPT 820 Health Service and Management
3 Credit Hours: Graded
FA DPT 825 Exploration of Human Behavior
2 Credit Hours: Graded
Semester Total = 16 credits

Semester 6: Spring (2nd year)

SP DPT 830 Internship I
10 Credit Hours: Graded
SP DPT 835 Administratoin Consultation
2 Credit Hours: Graded
SP DPT 840 Internship II
10 Credit Hours: Graded
Semester Total = 22 credits

Semester 7: Summer (3rd year)

SU DPT 900 Internship III
10 Credit Hours: Graded
SU DPT 905 Current Practices in PT
2 Credit Hours: Graded
Semester Total = 12 credits

Semester 8: Fall (3rd year)

FA DPT 910 Advanced Medical Screening
3 Credit Hours: Graded
FA DPT 915 Clinical Research I
6 Credit Hours: Graded
6 Credit Hours: Graded will also be taken as electives during this semester.
Semester Total = 15 credits

Semester 9: Spring (3rd year)

FA DPT 920 Health Promotion Community
3 Credit Hours: Graded
FA DPT 925 Clinical Research II
6 Credit Hours: Graded
6 Credit Hours: Graded will also be taken as electives during this semester.
Semester Total = 15 credits

Total Credits for Program = 144

Elective credits will start with the numbering of DPT 950. The DPT Curriculum Committee will identify the electives and number of hours for each.