This degree program includes foundational Sciences courses, such as anatomy, physiology, histology, exercise physiology, neuroscience, biomechanics, pharmacology, pathology, radiology /imaging, along with behavioral science courses, such as evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning. In this degree program, the students also study the clinically-based courses including medical screening, examination tests and measures, diagnostic processes, therapeutic interventions, outcomes assessment, and practice management.
The DPT degree is quite different from the four years BS program in terms of curriculum, duration of study and scope of clinical practice. The DPT degree also fulfills the international requirements for physical therapy education, so the DPT graduates could get equivalency easily abroad. The core skills of physical Therapists include manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and the application of electrotherapeutic modalities.