Doctor of Physical Therapy coursework and accreditation information
We offer an entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy degree consisting of 100 semester credit hours of professional-level courses taken over six semesters. Our program includes 30 weeks of full-time clinical affiliations and a four-week specialty clinical rotation. Our Doctor of Physical Therapy program operates on supersemesters. Fall semesters begin on July 1 and continue through the end of December, and spring semesters run from January to June.
Our students' first year includes courses in research, pathology, physiology, anatomy, kinesiology, neuroscience, and clinical foundations.
During the second year, students will apply material learned in the first year and focus on the management of the whole patient with particular emphasis on the examination, evaluation, and intervention of patients with musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and/or cardiopulmonary problems.
The third-year consists of three 10 week clinical rotations and a selective four-week rotation. In addition, there is a short 10 week semester to allow students to bring together concepts learned throughout the program and prepare them to enter the professional world.
Our faculty are board-certified in a wide variety of specialty areas including clinical electrophysiology, geriatrics, neurology, orthopedics, and sports physical therapy.
UT Health San Antonio is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, to award certificates and baccalaureate, master's, doctoral and professional degrees. The institution was last reviewed and reaffirmed in 2018. The institution's accreditation extends through 2028 and includes all programs offered on the institution's main campus as well as those offered at all extended program sites.
Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500for questions about the accreditation of the Health Science Center. Note: The Commission should only be contacted 1) to learn about the institution's accreditation status, 2) to file a third-party comment at the time of the institution's accreditation review, or 3) to file a complaint against the institution for alleged non-compliance with a standard or requirement. All normal inquiries about admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc. should be addressed directly to the Health Science Center and not the Commission's office.
Doctor of Physical Therapy Handbook
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