Transitional Doctor of Physical
Therapy (t-DPT) Degree Requirements*
and Course Descriptions
Clinical Management Courses (12 credit hours)
- PHYT6820 Clinical Decision Making I (Required first course) (3): Introduces successful strategies for online learning while considering the importance of decision making processes in physical therapy practice. Covers issues for creating a doctoring profession in physical therapy. Prerequisite: admission to the t-DPT program.
- PHYT6821 Clinical Decision Making II (3): Applies clinical decision making strategies to patient management issues across the spectrum of physical therapy practice. Includes analysis of clinical practice patterns and the employment of evidence to clinical practice. Prerequisite: PHYT6820: Clinical Decision Making I.
- PHYT7830 Teaching and Learning in Physical Therapy ** (3): Focuses on successful strategies for teaching patients and students in the clinical setting. Includes application of educational theories. Concludes with the APTA’s Clinical Instructor Education and Credentialing program. Prerequisite: PHYT6820: Clinical Decision Making I; requires 15 hours on campus.
- PHYT7840 Management and Administration in Physical Therapy (3): Provides proven business methods for managing physical therapy practice. Includes considerations of third party-payers and personnel issues. Prerequisite: PHYT6820: Clinical Decision Making I.
Clinical Science Courses (9 credit hours)
- PHYT6824 Pharmacology for Licensed Physical Therapists (3): Introduces the role of pharmacologic interventions as part of patient management. Describes pharmacodynamic, pharmacokinetics and drug classifications. Emphasizes potential interactions of physical therapy interventions with drug therapies. Prerequisite: PHYT6820: Clinical Decision Making I.
- PHYT7842 Imaging for Licensed Physical Therapists (3): Introduces the role of imaging as part of patient management. Covers common evaluation principles, specialized imaging for musculoskeletal injuries and neurological testing procedures. Prerequisite: PHYT6820: Clinical Decision Making I.
- PHYT8832 Human Performance and Wellness (3): Integrates the role of the physical therapist in caring for healthy individuals and populations with chronic diseases. Focuses on serving individuals and groups that may not have access to physical therapists in traditional settings. Prerequisite: PHYT6820: Clinical Decision Making I.
Evidence-Based Practice Courses (9-12 credit hours)
- PHYT6790 Introduction to Health Care Research (required for BA trained) (3): Presents basic statistics used in health care research. Considers the importance of critically reviewing research for clinical applications. Introduces concepts of evidence based medicine. Prerequisite: Admission to the transitional DPT program. This course is required for students with a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy.
- PHYT7825 Research I: Evidence-Based Physical Therapy Practice (3): Focuses on principles of evidence-based medicine. Includes skills for criti cally reading published scientific and clinical research. Covers strengths and limitations of the research, discussion of alternative designs and application of the research to clinical practice. Prerequisite: PHYT6820: Clinical Decision Making I and PHYT790: Introduction to Health Care Research or Master's degree in PT.
- HLSC8350 Responsible Conduct of Research (3)**: Provides content related issues in research and scientific integrity and the responsible conduct of research includes policies and procedures related to scientific misconduct, conflicts of interest, human subjects protection in biomedical research, intellectual property, authorship and peer review, and ethical issues in research. Prerequisite: Unconditional admission to a GSU graduate program and at least 6 hours of work at the 600 level or higher.
- PHYT9875 Research II: Clinical Project (Capstone) (3): Applies the topics of evidence-based physical therapy practice to a clinical research project. Prerequisites: PHYT875 Research I; this course may be extended beyond the 7 ½ week time frame to allow for completion of the project.
Electives (3-9 credit hours)
- PHYT6800 Independent Study (3): Requires approved study plan for in-depth study of a topic relevant to the development of an autonomous physical therapist practitioner. Prerequisite: PHYT6820: Clinical Decision Making I and faculty approval.
- PHYT7852 Integumentary Physical Therapy (3): Covers causes for changes or diseases in the lymphatic and integumentary systems. Presents a variety of examination and intervention techniques specific to these systems. Differentiates physical therapists roles for assisting patients who have these dysfunctions. Prerequisite: PHYT6820: Clinical Decision Making I.
- PHYT7850 Advocacy and Leadership in Physical Therapy (3): Uses ethics and values to promote autonomous practice and provide leadership in the health care system. Discusses responsibility and accountability in health policy and relevant topics to promote autonomy in physical therapy. Prerequisite: PHYT6820: Clinical Decision Making I and PHYT840: Management and Administration in Physical Therapy.
- PHYT7860 Topics in Physical Therapy (Topics vary) (3) Issues of special interest to physical therapists will be presented by experts in the area. Prerequisite: PHYT6820: Clinical Decision Making I.
Approved courses from other graduate programs (3)
- 33 hours for physical therapists who entered the program with a Master’s degree
- 42 hours for physical therapists who entered the program with a Bachelor’s degree
In addition to successful completion of the courses, students must complete a Capstone Project to be reviewed by three faculty members.
*This information is for reference only. For complete information about College of Health and Human Services degree programs or certificates, please refer to the approved Governors State University 2012-2013 Catalog.
** Indicates course requires some on-campus instruction (10 - 30 contact hours).