The DPT curriculum is constructed to meet the needs of the health care community by producing graduates who are readily able to diagnose and manage movement dysfunction and enhance physical and functional abilities.

To accomplish this purpose, the curriculum contains components of didactic and clinical education, leading the entry-level clinician to an understanding and demonstration of competence in his/her ability to engage in specific and complex cognitive, psychomotor, and affective behaviors when providing professional service to patients/clients, families, and caregivers.

The DPT curriculum is a rigorous and progressive course of study, comprised first of foundational sciences and followed by study in the clinical sciences.

The curriculum includes integrated activities to maximize learning, allowing the student the best opportunity to understand and assimilate complex material.

Clinical education experiences allow students to practice and incorporate information learned through didactic instruction and to further develop the skills necessary to become an efficient and effective practitioner. The clinical aspect of the curriculum integrates a total of 40 weeks of clinical practice in various patient/client management venues, culminating in a 16-week clinical experience. The student then returns to campus for a comprehensive examination.

The entire curriculum has been designed with the learner in mind, with each course carefully designed to accomplish the mission of the DPT program: to educate entry-level physical therapists to assume the role of health care practitioner through the provision of competent, evidence-based practice in a variety of clinical settings; and to promote active participation and effective leadership in all aspects of personal and professional life.

Curriculum, Class of 2017

Year 1

Semester 1: Summer, June-August (8 hours)
DPT 710 (6) Human Gross Anatomy
DPT 716 (2) Clinical Practice I

Semester 2: Fall, August-December (18 hours)
DPT 712 (3) Human Physiology of Systems
DPT 714 (2) Professional Practice in Physical Therapy I
DPT 717 (3) Clinical Practice II
DPT 719 (2) Clinical Inquiry I
DPT 721 (4) Applied Kinesiology
DPT 724 (3) Neuroanatomy
DPT 741 (1) Student Prof involvement I

Semester 3: Spring, January-May (18 hours)
DPT 713 (2) Pharmacology for the Physical Therapist
DPT 718 (3) Clinical Practice III
DPT 720 (3) Pathology of Body Systems
DPT 723 (2) Integrated Case Application Lab - Level I
DPT 725 (2) Motor Development & Motor Behavior of the Lifespan
DPT 742 (1) Student Prof Involvement II
DPT 813 (2) Diagnosis and Management of Patients with Integumentary Dysfunction
DPT 818 (3) Exercise Physiology and Wellness

Year 2

Semester 4: Summer, May-August (6 hours)
DPT 818 (2) Clinical Inquiry II
DPT 839 (4) Clinical Internship I

Semester 5: Fall, August-December (17 hours)
DPT 730 (2) Professional Practice in Physical Therapy II
DPT 812 (4) Diagnosis and Management of Patients with Musculoskeletal Dysfunction I
DPT 814 (4) Diagnosis and Management of Patients with Neuromuscular Dysfunction I
DPT 815 (3) Physical Therapy with Special Populations I
DPT 826 (3) Diagnosis and Management of Patients with Cardiopulmonary Dysfunction
DPT 841 (1) Student Prof Involvement III

Semester 6: Spring, January-May (17 hours)
DPT 822 (4) Diagnosis and Management of Patients with Musculoskeletal Dysfunction II
DPT 823 (2) Integrated Case Application Lab - Level II
DPT 824 (4) Diagnosis and Management of Patients with Neuromuscular Dysfunction II
DPT 842 (1) Student Prof Involvement IV
DPT 915 (4) Physical Therapy with Special Populations II
DPT 917 (2) Prosthetics and Orthotics

Year 3

Semester 7: Summer, May-August (6 hours)
DPT 817 (2) Psychosocial Aspects of Healthcare
DPT 919 (4) Clinical Internship II

Semester 8: Fall, August-December (14 hours)
DPT 829 (3) Differential Diagnosis for the Physical Therapist Practitioner
DPT 928 (3) Therapist Practitioner - Diagnostic Imaging
DPT 927 (3) Administration in Physical Therapy
DPT 929 (4) Clinical Internship III
DPT 941 (1) Student Prof Involvement V

Semester 9: Spring, January-May (9 hours)
DPT 923 (1) Integrated Case Application Lab - Level III
DPT 939 (8) Clinical Internship IV
DPT 949 (0) Comprehensive Examination

Graduation: May

Ability and Accommodation

The doctor of physical therapy (DPT) program at Lynchburg College, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), does not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities. A person qualified for the DPT program is one who has met academic standards and is able, with or without reasonable accommodations, to meet the essential functions of a physical therapist.

These essential functions are the activities that a student physical therapist must be able to perform, with or without accommodations, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for successful completion of the professional curriculum. They are applicable in the classroom, laboratories, simulated clinical settings, and on clinical education assignments. Lynchburg College uses independent clinical education sites that may or may not be able to offer the same reasonable accommodations made available by the College.

The list of essential functions will help students interested in the DPT program to make an informed decision about career choice. Other specific requirements and competencies are outlined in course syllabi and clinical performance tools.