Physical Therapy Curriculum Overview

The Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum includes nine semesters of coursework and clinical experiences distributed over 36 months.

Most classes meet during the day, Monday through Thursday. Campus-wide activities are centralized in our modern, state-of-the-art, St. Ignatius Science Center, where primary instruction takes place within 6,000 square feet of modern labs and classrooms.

The University is now also offering, in conjunction with the Helzberg School of Managment, a dual degree program that will offer students a chance to earn both their DPT and MBA degrees. 

The cornerstone of our program is the Rockhurst University mission of Learning, Leadership and Service, a philosophy that underscores, inspires and enriches all that we do.

For detailed curriculum information, download and print the Physical Therapy section of the University Catalog.

Our curriculum enhances skills in:

  • Decision making
  • Communicating
  • Critical thinking
  • Planning
  • Evaluating
  • Overall excellence

Rockhurst Physical Therapy Curriculum

1st Year DPT

Summer
PT 6001 - PT Assessment I (2)
PT 6003 - PT Assessment I lab (1)
PT 6501 - Research I (2)
PT 6101 - Anatomy I (2.5)
PT 6103 - Anatomy lab I (1)
PT 6132 - PT Management of Med Conditions I (3)

Total Hours: 11.5

Fall
PT 6111 - Anatomy II (1)
PT 6113 - Anatomy lab II (.5)
PT 6112 - Exercise Physiology (3)
PT 6114 - Exercise Physiology lab (1)
PT 6124 - Movement Science I (3)
PT 6126 - Movement Science I lab (0.5)
PT 6411 - Clinical Decision Making I (1)
PT 6502 - Research II (2.5)
PT 6512 - Research II lab (0.5)
PT 6815 - Professional & Leadership Development (2)

Total Hours: 15

Spring
PT 6311 - PT Assessment II (2)
PT 6322 - Movement Science II(2)
PT 6324 - Movement Science II lab (0.5)
PT 6300 - Clinical Procedures I (2)
PT 6302 - Clinical Procedures I lab (1)
PT 6304 - PT Management of Cardio Conditions (4)
PT 6306 - PT Management of Cardio Conditions lab (1)
PT 6503 - Research III (1)
PT 6825 - Professional & Leadership Development (2)
PT 6971 - Clinical Education I (1)

Total Hours: 16.5

2nd Year DPT

Summer
PT 7120 - Neuroscience (4)
PT 7312 - PT Management of Musculoskeletal Extremities (3)
PT 7314 - PT Management of Musculoskeletal Extremities lab (1)

Total Hours: 8

Fall
PT 7316 - PT Management of Musculoskeletal Spine/Pelvis (2)
PT 7318 - PT Management of Musculoskeletal Spine/Pelvis lab (2)
PT 7326 - PT Management of Neurologic Conditions I (3)
PT 7328 - PT Management of Neurologic Conditions I lab (1)
PT 7300 - Clinical Procedures II (2)
PT 7302 - Clinical Procedures II lab (1)
PT 7810 - Reflective Practice I (0.5)
PT 7835 - Professional Development III (2)
PT 7972 - Clinical Education II (3 wks) (1)

Total Hours: 14.5

Spring
PT 7332 - PT Management of Medical Conditions II (4)
PT 7334 - PT Management of Medical Conditions II lab (1)
PT 7322 - PT Management of Musculoskeletal Conditions Integrated (1)
PT 7324 - PT Management of Mulsculoskeletal Conditions Int. lab (1.5)
PT 7336 - PT Management of Neurologic Conditions II (3)
PT 7338 - PT Management of Neurologic Conditions II lab (1)
PT 7342 - PT Management of Pediatric Conditions (2)
PT 7344 - PT Management of Pediatric Conditions lab (1)
PT 7510 - Health Care Management (2)

Total Hours: 16.5

3rd Year DPT

Summer
PT 8820 - Reflective Practice II (1.5)
PT 8973 - Clinical Education III (9 wks) (3)

Total Hours: 4.5

Fall
PT 7504 - Research IV (2)
PT 8830 - Reflective Practice III (3)
PT 8974 - Clinical Education IV (9 wks) (3)
PT 8975 - Clinical Education V (9 wks) (3)

Total Hours: 11

Spring
Block A:
PT 8441 - Complex Case Studies (2)
PT 8505 - Research V (1)
PT 8520 - Administration (2)
PT 8845 - Professional Development IV (2)
Elective(s) (1)

Block B:
PT 8840 - Reflective Practice IV (1)
PT 8976 - Clinical Education VI (6 wks) (2)

Total Hours: 12

Total Credit Hours: 109.5