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The faculty have voted to close the transition DPT (tDPT) program, designed for currently licensed physical therapists, and no additional students will be admitted to the program.

This decision does not affect the entry-level DPT program.


 

Typical Course of Study

Students admitted to the tDPT concentration will be expected to register for six credit hours per semester and will begin their coursework in August or January.  Those who begin in January will complete the fall courses in their third semester.  All students will complete the Focused Electives in the 4th semester with the option to use a 5th semester if needed.

 

Fall Start Date (August):

 
Semester
Course (credit hours)
Fall
PHYT 7411: Professionalism in a Doctoring Profession (3 hr)
PHYT 7412: Evidence-Based Practice (3 hr)
Spring
PHYT 7421:  Pharmacology for the Physical Therapist(2 hr)
PHYT 7422: Diagnostic Imaging (2 hr)
PHYT 7423: Differential Diagnosis in Physical Therapy (2 hr)
Summer
PHYT 7431: Health Promotion and Wellness (2 hr)
PHYT 7433: Clinical Decision Making (2 hr)
PHYT 7432: Leadership and Management in Healthcare (2 hr)
 Fall
Focused Electives (12 hrs) 4th semester and 5th if needed
   

Spring Start Date (January):

 
Semester
Course (credit hours)
Spring
PHYT 7411: Professionalism in a Doctoring Profession (3 hr)
PHYT 7412: Evidence-Based Practice (3 hr)
Summer
PHYT 7421:  Pharmacology for the Physical Therapist(2 hr)
PHYT 7422: Diagnostic Imaging (2 hr)
PHYT 7423: Differential Diagnosis in Physical Therapy (2 hr)
Fall
PHYT 7431: Health Promotion and Wellness (2 hr)
PHYT 7433: Clinical Decision-Making (2 hr)
PHYT 7432: Leadership and Management in Healthcare (2 hr)
 Spring
Focused Electives (12 hrs) 4th semester and 5th if needed

Focused Electives

The cost for the 12 hours of required focused elective coursework will vary depending on the needs of the individual student. Each student will be advised on the most appropriate option after admission to the program.  A minimum of 50% of the tDPT concentration requirements must be completed at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The following options are available for fulfillment of focused elective credits:

 

Master's Prepared Students: 

Students may transfer up to 12 credit hours of approved graduate level coursework from an accredited institution in a course of study relevant to physical therapy (to include entry-level Master’s in Physical Therapy degree programs) for fulfillment of the tDPT requirements. There is no charge for transfer of approved graduate credit hours. 

 

Academic Credit by Special Exam:

Students will be eligible to apply for Credit by Special Examination for the advanced focused elective courses (PHYT  7441, 7442). This will allow the student to receive credits for the completion of selected approved professional education and/or certifications.  These typically post-professional courses demonstrate “competence gained through study and/or experience primarily independent of the University class activities.” (Graduate Catalog, “Credit by Special Examination”).

 

Professional credentialing programs of study considered for proficiency, challenge or competency credit include, but are not limited, to the Certified Athletic Trainer , the American Board of Physical Therapy Certified Clinical Specialist , Certified Hand Therapist , Certified Manual Therapist , APTA endorsed Advanced Clinical Practice series, APTA endorsed Advanced Focused Practice Updates or other comparable physical therapy-related advanced practice coursework requiring peer reviewed competency assessment of teaching and learning outcomes.

Students seeking Credit by Special Exam will bear the responsibility of demonstrating competency in the content being examined to the satisfaction of the Physical Therapy Department Committee on Special Examination as outlined in the “Credit by Special Examination” section of the Graduate Catalog.

 

Credit hours obtained through the Credit by Special Examination process are currently charged a reduced amount per credit hour awarded to cover faculty review and administrative processing fees.  The cost for academic credits awarded through the Academic Credit by Special Examination process is $175.00 per credit hour.

 

Enrollment:  Students may enroll in an approved graduate course to fulfill focused elective credits and will be charged current Graduate School tuition and fees for each credit hour awarded.

 

tDPT courses

 

Required Core Courses :  18 credit hours

      PHYT 7411 (prev. 721):  Professionalism in a Doctoring Profession (3 credit hours)

      PHYT 7412 (prev. 723):  Evidence-Based Practice in Physical Therapy (3 credit hours) 

      PHYT 7421 (prev. 731):  Pharmacology (2 credit hours)

      PHYT 7422 (prev. 733):  Diagnostic Imaging (2 credit hours)

      PHYT 7423 (prev. 743):  Differential Diagnosis in Physical Therapy (2 credit hours)

      PHYT 7431 (prev. 737):  Health Promotion and Wellness (2 credit hours)

      PHYT 7432 (prev. 754):  Leadership and Management in Healthcare (2 credit hours)

      PHYT 7433 (prev. 751):  Clinical Decision Making (2 credit hours)

      

     

Focused Electives.:  12 credit hours required

PHYT 7441 (prev. 783r):  Focused Advanced Clinical Practice  (1 – 6 credit hours)
PHYT 7442 (prev. 791r):  Special Topics in Physical Therapy (1 – 6 credit hours)
PHYT 7997r (prev. 797r):  Individual Studies (1 – 6 credit hours)
PHYT 7445:  Health Policy and Administration (2 credit hours)

tDPT students may also enroll in the advanced clinical electives offered during the final didactic semester of the entry-level DPT concentration to meet the tDPT elective requirement.

 

tDPT Concentration Course Descriptions:

PHYT 7411:  Professionalism in a Doctoring Profession

This course will provide the clinical doctoral student with the opportunity for examination and discussion of the responsibilities, challenges and opportunities inherent in doctoral-level physical therapy practice.  A central theme of this course is the development of practitioners who view their doctoral education as a route to engaged professionalism, that is, commitment to the demonstration of attributes which enhance the practice of physical therapy at both individual and societal levels.  (3 Credit Hours)

PHYT 7412:  Evidence-Based Practice in Physical Therapy

This course provides an introduction to the acquisition, analysis, synthesis and presentation of information by physical therapists, with emphasis on technology and the use of computers.  Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to develop focused clinical questions, conduct systematic evidenced-based literature searches, identify levels of evidence and research design, critique methodology and summarize information, and develop creative means of communication using a variety of active learning techniques. (3 hours)

 

PHYT 7421:  Pharmacology  

This course will provide the student with the didactic and clinical applications of Pharmacology.  The basic principles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics will be presented.  A study of the most commonly used pharmacologic agents seen in physical therapy practice will be a major emphasis. Special emphasis is placed on the relationship between exercise and other interventions provided by physical therapists with drug effects (2 credit hours)

 

PHYT 7422:  Diagnostic Imaging 

This course is designed to provide physical therapy students with the skills needs to interpret and apply data derived a variety of imaging techniques for the musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiopulmonary, cardiovascular and integumentary systems.   Specific emphasis is placed on the value of the imaging information as a differential diagnosis, prognosis, physical therapy diagnosis and plan of care are developed.  The information provided is intended to facilitate professional communication between the physical therapy student and other health care providers.  An introduction of surgical procedures used for life support is included. (2 credit hours)

 

PHYT 7423:  Differential Diagnosis in Physical Therapy

This course is designed to provide physical therapy students with the tools necessary to screen patients for the presence of disease processes that are beyond the scope of practice for physical therapists.  This information, combined with their knowledge and skills for the management of musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiopulmonary, and integumentary system dysfunction will provide the student with a more comprehensive examination scheme.  The information provided should also facilitate professional communication between the physical therapy student and other health care providers.  (2 credit hours)

 

PHYT 7431:  Health Promotion and Wellness

Primary prevention and health promotion are central concepts in current practice of Physical Therapy. Routine endurance activities have been shown to reduce many of the acute or chronic conditions affecting persons in the United States. Healthy lifestyle behaviors will be discussed along with the ideals and tenets relative to disease prevention and promotion of wellness for general and specific populations. Topics will include practice setting specific management principles and therapeutic techniques as they relate to individuals from young adulthood to the elderly.  Case scenarios will integrate principles.  Evidence based practice will be emphasized along with numerous objective tests and risk factor screens for many disease states. (2 credit hours)

 

PHYT 7433: Clinical Decision Making

This course will examine theory and practice related to applied clinical decision making in the Physical Therapy profession.  Students will examine the contribution to current clinical practice standards of commonly referenced conceptual models including hypothesis generation and refinement applied within the organizing context of the five essential elements of patient/client management as described by the Guide to PT Practice and the framework of the International Classification of Function (ICF) model. Through peer reviews of case reports and the development of an original case report, the clinical doctoral learner will gain experience identifying and utilizing organized and systematic clinical reasoning frameworks to improve clinical decision making expertise.  (2 credit hours) 

 

PHYT 7432:  Leadership and Management in Healthcare

This course provides an overview of the principles and theories of leadership and management within organizations in the environment of healthcare. The content is designed to examine the attributes and behaviors of leaders, the relationship aspect of leadership and the leader as social architect within the framework of the evolving healthcare organization.  Students will develop personalized leadership development profiles to enhance their personal and professional development.  Topics covered include: personal ethical beliefs, emotional intelligence, change management, motivation of followers, power and influence, leading teams, and life-long learning.  (2 credit hours)

 

PHYT 7441:  Focused Advanced Clinical Practice

This course permits the tDPT student to engage in an individually designed investigation of a focused advanced clinical practice topic. Course requirements may include mentored advanced clinical practicum activities, evidenced-based review of literature or participation in approved competency-based post-professional education programs designed to advance clinical expertise such as achieving professionalcertification as a Board Certified Specialist in Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialty examiners.  Formal assessment of learning outcomes will be an integral component of each advanced clinical practice contract. (1 – 6 credit hours)  

 

PHYT 7442: Special Topics in Physical Therapy

Special topics addressed in this course will vary according to the professional interests and clinical expertise of the participants of each cohort.  Advanced clinical application topics will review best practice recommendations for conditions of the neurologic, musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary or integumentary systems managed by physical therapists within the scope of physical therapy practice.  The latest evidence for planning, implementing effective interventions and assessing outcomes will be explored. (1 – 6 credit hours)

 

PHYT 7997r: Individual Studies

Individual studies designed to enable students to study a selected topic in depth.  Requires a individual studies contract describing the specific responsibilities and/or learning objectives of the student, and the criteria to be used in evaluation and grading. (1 – 6 credit hours)

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