Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree
The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is a "3 +3" program. This means that students are eligible to apply to the program after completing three years of college prerequisites before beginning the three-year physical therapy program. A bachelor's degree is not required for entry into the program, but applicants who already have a bachelor's degree may be accepted also.
Students begin the program in the fall semester and take courses through the spring semester. During the first year, students complete courses in research, pathology, physiology, anatomy, kinesiology, neuroscience and clinical foundations. There are no courses scheduled during the first summer of the eight-semester program.
In the second year, students learn specialized treatment techniques and planning. The courses focus on the treatment of people with musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and/or cardiopulmonary problems. After the second academic year and during the summer, students are assigned to clinics to work with patients. Students work in three different clinic sites for ten weeks at each site. All student work is under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. The required clinical courses are completed in the fall semester of the third year.