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Curriculum Overview

The professional curriculum leading to the DPT degree requires successful completion of 127 semester credit hours over six continuous academic semesters spanning 24 months. The DPT core curriculum of foundational science, clinical science, and patient and practice management courses.

The DPT curriculum integrates course content using signature pedagogies (team-based learning and case-based learning) to ensure that learning emphasizes collaboration, critical thinking, research, and student accountability. Our dynamic faculty make this curriculum come alive provides a balance of theoretical, practical, and analytical instruction to prepare students as practitioners designed to become change agents to engage in resolving healthcare's unique challenges.

Our program optimizes technology, and evidence-based teaching strategies for foundational didactics integrates critical clinical reasoning and psychomotor skill development for student learning. Online learning always involves an internet connection, and all didactic courses include virtual face-to-face interactions. Tufts DPT provides students with online learning tools to deliver the online portion, a mix of virtual learning and blended learning. Our curriculum delivery is through an advanced hybrid education model developed from best practices of teaching and learning. Students learn from their interactive virtual online coursework, nineĀ (9) onsite clinical skill lab sessions, and clinical education to become Doctors of Physical Therapy.

Curriculum Plan

The collection and interconnectedness of the body systems allow for human movement to occur. The knowledge and integration of body systems is necessary for students to view the patient comprehensively. These systems are integrated through Tufts DPT coursework through planned learning activities and assessments. The curriculum plan is divided into five categories or tracks rooted in the human movement system (ex. Cardiovascular, pulmonary, endocrine, integumentary, nervous, and musculoskeletal). The integration of these systems is taught within the scope of examination through management for the populations we serve.

Asynchronous Online Work
Students are offered the flexibility to complete the portions of asynchronous content according to their schedule. Course content includes a blend of asynchronous pre-recorded lectures, videos, scholarly readings, podcasts, and active learning assignments.

Synchronous Online Classes
Tufts DPT faculty engage students in weekly synchronous sessions where students dive into rich discussions surrounding weekly content. Students engage in team-based learning strategies, small group discussions, and application of principles through case-based discussions.

Clinical Skills and Hands-On Training
Students engage in 8 on-campus clinical skill labs during the duration of the program. Lab sessions range anywhere from 8 to 12 days in length, depending on the semester courses.

Preparation for Physical Therapy Licensure
The hybrid curriculum prepares graduates to pursue licensure and sit for the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) from Day 1 of the program's start. Exams are designed with time limits to reflect similar times of that of the NPTE. Students also engage in a formal NPTE preparatory training course in Semester 5 of the program before sitting for the NPTE Practice Exam & Assessment Tool (PEAT) while in the program.

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