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Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

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  • DPT Curriculum Overview
  • Anatomy Education
  • Curriculum Outline

DPT Curriculum Overview

Image preview The Entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is jointly offered by the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and San Francisco State University (SFSU). The degree is a 3-year program (36 continuous months beginning in June) including 34 weeks of full-time clinical education experiences. This program is designed to prepare scholarly clinicians, educators, collaborative clinical researchers, administrative managers and community leaders. The program accepts 50 students each year. A complete list of the program's goals and outcomes can be found here.

The curriculum is built on a strong theoretical foundation in basic, medical and applied sciences. Critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills are developed within an integrated program that prepares students to work collaboratively with patients across the lifespan to improve health and wellness, address disability challenges, and optimize function.

Through dynamic learning experiences, students integrate the basic foundations of science into different paradigms and the treatment of patients with movement dysfunctions. Supplementing the didactic coursework are research experiences and structured clinical clerkships. Learn more about the clinical education curriculum.

The program concludes with a culminating experience and qualifying assessment.

DPT students must be able to carry out the responsibilities required of a general physical therapist. Learn more about the technical standards and generic abilities required of physical therapists.

Anatomy Education

The health care landscape has changed – and is changing – dramatically but until now, there has been minimal evolution in how physical therapy students learn anatomy. The new UCSF Anatomy Learning Center is the anatomy lab of the future; it offers interactive technology that helps the next generation of clinicians understand the complex architecture of the human body in sophisticated, detailed ways. Click here to learn more about the new UCSF Anatomy Learning Center. 

Curriculum Outline

Individual course descriptions can be found in the UCSF Course Catalog and the SFSU Bulletin.

Year One

School Course Quarter
Units
Semester
Units
  SUMMER SESSION    
UCSF PT 200A Neuromusculoskeletal Anatomy 5  
UCSF PT 201A PT Assessment 3  
UCSF PT 215 Compassion, Accountability, Responsibility & Excellence (CARE) 1  
SFSU PT 706 Structure, Function & Motion in PT   2
SFSU KIN 746 Clinical Exercise Physiology   3
  FALL SESSION    
UCSF Physio 121 Mammalian Physiology I 5  
UCSF Path 135 General Pathology 3  
UCSF PT 200B/C Neuromusculoskeletal Anatomy 1  
UCSF PT 201B PT Assessment 0  
UCSF PT 202 Therapeutic Modalities 2  
UCSF PT 215 Compassion, Accountability, Responsibility & Excellence (CARE) 1  
UCSF PT 410 Integrated Clinical Experience* 0.5  
SFSU PT 741 Musculoskeletal Pathokinesiology I   4
  WINTER SESSION    
UCSF PT 110 Ortho & Rehab: Diag/Treatment 2  
UCSF Physio 122 Mammalian Physiology II 3  
  SPRING SESSION    
UCSF PT 112 Human Growth & Development Across the Lifespan                            3  
UCSF PT 211 Pharmacology for Physical Therapists 2  
UCSF PT 215 Compassion, Accountability, Responsibility & Excellence (CARE) 1  
SFSU PT 700 Multisystems Pathokinesiology   4
SFSU PT 720 Cardiopulmonary Pathokinesiology   2
SFSU PT 742 Musculoskeletal Pathokinesiology II   4

*Students enter clinics on a part-time basis in the fall, winter, and spring terms. Students must enroll in PT 410 in the fall and then either in the winter OR spring.

Year Two

School Course Quarter
Units
Semester
Units
  SUMMER SESSION    
UCSF Anat 207 Neuroscience 5  
UCSF PT 215 Compassion, Accountability, Responsibility & Excellence (CARE) 0.5  
UCSF PT 251A Research Design 3  
SFSU PT 801 Clinical Experience I   6
  FALL SESSION    
UCSF PT 111 Neurology & Rehab Diag/Treatment 3  
UCSF PT 215 Compassion, Accountability, Responsibility & Excellence (CARE) 0.5  
UCSF PT 251B Research Design 1.5  
SFSU PT 704 Education, Health Promotion, Wellness & Prevention in PT   2
SFSU PT 710 Neurological Pathokinesiology I   4
SFSU PT 735 Psychosocial Issues in Rehabilitation Science I   2
SFSU PT 743 Musculoskeletal Pathokinesiology III   3
  WINTER SESSION    
SFSU PT 802 Clinical Experience II   6
  SPRING SESSION    
UCSF PT 212A Muscle Biology & Therapeutic Exercise 1.5  
UCSF PT 215 Compassion, Accountability, Responsibility & Excellence (CARE) 0.5  
UCSF PT 400A Grand Rounds 1  
UCSF PT 419A Research Seminar 1  
UCSF PT 420A Mentored Research Concentration (elective) 2.5  
SFSU PT 705 Administration & Organization in PT   2
SFSU PT 736 Ecological & Organizational Issues in Rehabilitation   3
SFSU PT 737 Psychosocial Issues in Rehabilitation Science II   1

**Students must enroll in either PT 206 at UCSF for 3 quarter units or PT 899 at SFSU for 2 semester units in either the fall, winter, or spring term.

Year Three

School Course Quarter
Units
Semester
Units
  SUMMER SESSION    
UCSF PT 205 Functional Anatomy Review (elective) 1.5  
UCSF PT 210 Radiology for PTs 2  
UCSF PT 212B Advanced Therapeutic Exercise Prescription 1.5  
UCSF PT 215 Compassion, Accountability, Responsibility & Excellence (CARE) 0.5  
UCSF PT 400B Grand Rounds 1  
UCSF PT 419B Research Seminar 1  
UCSF PT 420B Mentored Research Concentration (elective) 2.5  
SFSU PT 920 Case Reports   5
  FALL SESSION    
UCSF/SFSU PT 206/899 Application of Principles of Learning 3 2
UCSF PT 209 Evidence Based Practice in PT                                       3  
UCSF PT 213 Neurological Pathokinesiology III 3  
UCSF PT 215 Compassion, Accountability, Responsibility & Excellence (CARE) 0.4  
UCSF PT 400C Grand Rounds 1  
UCSF PT 419C Research Seminar 1  
UCSF PT 420C Mentored Research Concentration 2.5  
SFSU PT 711 Neurological Pathokinesiology II   3
  WINTER SESSION    
UCSF PT 207 Medical Screening for Physical Therapists 4.5  
UCSF PT 215 Compassion, Accountability, Responsibility & Excellence (CARE) 0.5  
UCSF PT 419D Research Seminar 1  
UCSF PT 420D Mentored Research Concentration 2.5  
  SPRING SESSION    
UCSF PT 418 Clinical Internship 9  
SFSU PT 908 Professional Colloquium   1
SFSU PT 910 Evidence Based Practice   4
  Grand Total 183 122