Doctor of Physical Therapy
Summary of program
- Cohort size: 45 admitted per year
- Total program credits: 109 credits (with option for three additional elective credits)
- Curriculum length: 34 months
- Didactic study: 86 weeks (1708-1806 contact hours)
- Full time clinical study: 42 weeks (1680 contact hours)
- Terminal internships: 36 weeks
Entrance into the program is competitive. Students will be selected based upon their application portfolio.
Students seeking admission to the DPT program must have:
- Completed all pre-requisite coursework at the time of entry into the program.
- Submitted scores on the general test portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), taken within the last five years. GRE minimums: 143 verbal, 143 quantitative, 3.0 written.
- Achieved an undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0.
- Achieved a GPA of 3.0 in the programs prerequisites courses.
- Completed undergraduate degree by the time of entry into the program.1
- Completed at least two 20-hour clinical experiences under the supervision of a licensed PT with clinical letters of recommendation.
- Submission of program application.
- Submission of Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) application.
Select students may be able to enter the program prior to receiving their undergraduate degree under dual-degree agreements. At UWL, such agreements exist with the Departments of Physics and Biology.
All applicants must successfully complete the following prerequisite courses:
|General Biology (Lab)||4|
|Human Anatomy (Lab)||4|
|Human Physiology (Lab)||4|
|Psychology or Sociology||3|
The program has an early and general admissions deadline of August 15th and November 1st and students are accepted until the class is filled. Students are accepted during the months of September and December after a review process.
Admission to the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is based on academic and personal qualifications considered necessary for a successful and competent entry level physical therapist and is therefore competitive. The UWL Physical Therapy Program grants the privilege of admission to applicants who have met the criteria set by the Physical Therapy Admissions Committee.
Classroom and laboratory learning (listed in order of enrollment)
109 credits (includes internship credits)
Courses are taken at UWL.
|PTS 509||Human Gross Anatomy||3|
|PTS 510||Applied Human Gross Anatomy||3|
|PTS 512||Medical Physiology||4|
|PTS 520||Introduction to Physical Therapy Practice and Evaluation Techniques||1|
|PTS 521||Applied Introduction to Physical Therapy Practice and Evaluation Techniques||2|
|PTS 516||Physiological Regulation of Exertion and Disease||1|
|PTS 517||Applied Physiological Regulation of Exertion and Disease||1|
|PTS 527||Foundations of the Physical Therapy Examination||3|
|PTS 528||Applied Foundations of the Physical Therapy Examination||2|
|PTS 523||Physical Agents||1|
|PTS 524||Applied Physical Agents||1|
|PTS 525||Biomechanics and Kinesiology of Movement||2|
|PTS 526||Applied Biomechanics and Kinesiology of Movement||1|
|PTS 535||Functional Neuroanatomy||2|
|PTS 536||Applied Functional Neuroanatomy||1|
|PTS 651||Fieldwork: Introduction to Clinical Learning||1|
|PTS 518||Motor Control, Motor Learning and Motor Development||1|
|PTS 519||Applied Motor Control, Motor Learning, and Motor Development||1|
|PTS 545||Foundations of Clinical Research||1|
|PTS 546||Applied Foundations of Clinical Research||1|
|PTS 619||Early Intervention and Acute Care Physical Therapy||2|
|PTS 620||Applied Early Intervention and Acute Care Physical Therapy||1|
|PTS 627||Therapeutic Exercise and Manual Therapy||1|
|PTS 628||Applied Therapeutic Exercise and Manual Therapy||1|
|PTS 625||Physical Therapy Management of the Cardiovascular/Pulmonary System||3|
|PTS 626||Applied Physical Therapy Management of the Cardiovascular/Pulmonary System||1|
|PTS 631||Professionalism and the Ethos of Care||2|
|PTS 542||Research and Applied Statistics||3|
|PTS 543||Instrumentation for Human Movement||1|
|PTS 544||Applied Instrumentation for Human Movement||1|
|PTS 623||Integument System||1|
|PTS 624||Applied Integument System||1|
|PTS 728||Musculoskeletal Evaluation and Treatment: Spine||2|
|PTS 729||Applied Musculoskeletal Evaluation and Treatment: Spine||1|
|PTS 751||Fieldwork: General Practice||2|
|PTS 701||Applied Adult Clinical Practice (required in two semesters)||2|
|PTS 709||Health and Wellness in Physical Therapy Practice||1|
|PTS 712||Clinical Radiology||1|
|PTS 715||Musculoskeletal Evaluation and Treatment: Lower Extremity||2|
|PTS 716||Applied Musculoskeletal Evaluation and Treatment: Lower Extremity||1|
|PTS 717||Clinical Teaching||1|
|PTS 718||Applied Clinical Teaching||1|
|PTS 735||Adult Neurorehabilitative Physical Therapy||2|
|PTS 736||Applied Adult Neurorehabilitative Physical Therapy||2|
|PTS 741||Evidenced Based Practice in Physical Therapy||2|
|PTS 742||Research Practicum||1|
|PTS 710||Applied Health and Wellness in Physical Therapy Practice||1|
|PTS 737||Musculoskeletal Evaluation and Treatment: Upper Extremity||2|
|PTS 738||Applied Musculoskeletal Evaluation and Treatment: Upper Extremity||1|
|PTS 730||Pediatric Neurorehabilitative Physical Therapy||3|
|PTS 731||Applied Pediatric Neurorehabilitative Physical Therapy||1|
|PTS 733||Health Care Systems and Administration||3|
|PTS 742||Research Practicum||1|
|PTS 743||Evidence Based Practice Seminar||1|
Internships (taken off campus)
Focus of internship may occur in different order per student.
|PTS 851||Internship: Inpatient-Acute/Rehab||6|
|PTS 831||Clinical Decision Making in an Inpatient Acute Care/Rehab Setting||1|
|PTS 852||Internship: Outpatient Orthopedic||6|
|PTS 853||Internship: Autonomous Practice||6|
Elective courses (optional)
|PTS 700||Selected Topics in Physical Therapy||1-3|
|PTS 702||Advanced Manual Therapy||2|
|PTS 703||Clinical Anatomy Review||1|
|PTS 798||Independent Study||1-3|
|PTS 854||Capstone Project||1|
Graduate degree requirements
After being admitted to the program of one's choice, candidates for a graduate degree must:
- Complete any preliminary course work and deficiencies.
- Complete all courses and other program requirements, including residence requirements prescribed for the degree desired in the respective school or college within a seven-year period from the date of initial enrollment.
- Earn a minimum of 30 credits for a master's degree; 54 credits for a doctorate or post-master's degree. Earn at least one-half of the minimum number of credits required in the program in graduate-only level courses (700, 800, 900, and non-slash 600 level courses).
- Earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00.
- Satisfy dissertation, thesis, seminar paper, terminal/graduate projects and internships, or comprehensive examination, where applicable. A dissertation or thesis approved by the committee must be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies for approval at least two weeks before commencement. Ordinarily, a seminar paper or project report does not have to be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies. However, if the seminar paper or project report is to be archived in Murphy Library, the student must follow the same rules as they apply to the dissertation/thesis requiring approval from the Director of Graduate Studies. For further research/dissertation/thesis guidelines, see the Office of Graduate Studies.
- File a completed "Intent to Graduate" form online via the WINGS Student Center immediately following registration for the final semester or summer term in residence. December graduates and winter intersession should file by May 1. May and summer graduates should file by December 1.
- Pay the graduation fee and remove all other indebtedness to the university. Payment of graduation fees does not imply readiness for graduation and does not take the place of applying for graduation.
- Complete all requirements within 30 days after the official ending date of a term in order for a degree to be awarded for that term. (See #5 above for separate deadline for written capstone experience.)
Classroom and laboratory learning
|(10 weeks)||(14 weeks)||Intersession (2 weeks)||(14 weeks)|
|PTS 509||3||PTS 516||1||PTS 651||1||PTS 518||1|
|PTS 510||3||PTS 517||1||PTS 519||1|
|PTS 512||4||PTS 527||3||PTS 545||1|
|PTS 520||1||PTS 528||2||PTS 546||1|
|PTS 521||2||PTS 523||1||PTS 611||2|
|PTS 524||1||PTS 619||2|
|PTS 525||2||PTS 620||1|
|PTS 526||1||PTS 627||1|
|PTS 535||2||PTS 628||1|
|PTS 536||1||PTS 625||3|
|(8 weeks):||(14 weeks)||(14 weeks)|
|PTS 542||3||PTS 7011||1||PTS 7011||1|
|PTS 543||1||PTS 709||1||PTS 710||1|
|PTS 544||1||PTS 711||2||PTS 737||2|
|PTS 623||1||PTS 712||1||PTS 738||1|
|PTS 624||1||PTS 715||2||PTS 730||3|
|PTS 728||2||PTS 716||1||PTS 731||1|
|PTS 729||1||PTS 717||1||PTS 733||3|
|August (4 weeks):||PTS 718||1||PTS 742||1|
|PTS 751||2||PTS 735||2||PTS 743||1|
|(13 weeks)||(14 weeks)||(14 weeks)|
|PTS 8512||6||PTS 831||1||PTS 853 (12 weeks)2||6|
|Total Credits: 108|
Students can take this course one time, either in fall OR spring semester, not both
Internship I, II, III: Inpatient, Outpatient, and Autonomous Practice. However, focus of internship may occur in different order per student.