Physical Therapy

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The Doctor of Physical Therapy is a new program in the College of Health Sciences at Faulkner University. The Doctor of Physical Therapy degree is a post-baccalaureate degree that allows graduates to apply for licensure to practice as physical therapists, which is required in all states. Graduates will be prepared to practice as generalists in diverse environments and as leaders in their profession, community and as part of the interprofessional health care team.

Program Information

The DPT program involves a combination of classroom learning and clinical experiences. Students will complete 32 weeks of full time clinical education and up to 6 weeks of integrated clinical and community based experiences. During the 8 semesters of the program, students will have the opportunity to practice their skills in a variety of clinical settings, work side by side with other disciplines, including students in the Speech Language Pathology and Physician Assistant programs as well as participate in service activities across the River Region. The faculty are committed to providing an excellent education in a Christian environment, where students will be prepared to function as the hands and feet of Jesus Christ.

Important Dates

Applications open August 1st 2020

Submit AFC- December 1st, 2020

CAPTE site visit- Jan 2021

CAPTE decision April 2021

Anticipated Start Date Fall 2021

Application Deadline
- Part I Due December 1, 2020
- Part II Due January 1, 2021

Accreditation Statement

Graduation from a Physical Therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.  Faulkner University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on December 1, 2020. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

CAPTE Contact Information
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Telephone (703) 706-3245
Email address:  accreditation@apta.org

 

Why should I choose Faulkner University’s DPT program?

Faculty are committed to the growth and development of the whole person and their relationship with God, each other, and their community. Learning will be student centered and will be based on active learning principles. Case based learning will be incorporated throughout the curriculum. Early clinical exposure provides real world application of knowledge. Students will be challenged to think critically, reflect, collaborate, seek knowledge and truth, and live with integrity and compassion. Graduates will leave Faulkner with the ability to make an immediate impact on patients, the community and the profession as well as the skills to adapt to the ever changing health care environment.

What is a Physical Therapist?

According to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA):

“Physical therapists (PTs) are movement experts who improve quality of life through prescribed exercise, hands-on care, and patient education.

After making a diagnosis, physical therapists create personalized treatment plans that help their patients improve mobility, manage pain and other chronic conditions, recover from injury, and prevent future injury and chronic disease.”

“PTs can specialize in a variety of areas, including geriatrics, neurology, oncology, orthopedics, pediatrics, sports and women’s health. They provide treatments in:

  • Hospitals, outpatient clinics or offices
  • Inpatient rehabilitation facilities
  • Skilled nursing, extended care or subacute facilities
  • Schools, education or research centers
  • Fitness centers and sports training facilities
  • Hospice settings
  • Your workplace
  • Your home “

APTA Handout_WhoArePTs_BenefitsofPhysTher_HowtoManagePain.pdf

To find out more about PT careers go to: https://www.apta.org/your-career/careers-in-physical-therapy/becoming-a-pt

What is the process for developing programs to admit students?

According to The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE):

For New Programs:

  1. Institution notifies CAPTE that a program director has been hired to develop the program. Then,
  2. At least six months prior to admitting students, the program submits an Application for Candidacy (AFC) that documents the institution's plans for the implementation of the program.
  3. Two experienced on-site reviewers visit the program to verify the information in the AFC and submit a written report describing the results of the visit. The report is sent to the program for comment.
  4. The AFC, the reviewers' report and the institution's comments are then reviewed by members of CAPTE to determine whether the program is making satisfactory progress toward compliance with the standards and required elements and, if so, the program is granted Candidate for Accreditation status.
  5. Once candidacy is granted, the program is allowed to admit students and implement the program. During implementation the program submits annual reports to CAPTE. Then, prior to graduation of the first cohort of students, the program completes the Accreditation Process.” http://www.capteonline.org/WhatWeDo/AccreditationProcess/

CAPTE Contact Information
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Telephone (703) 706-3245
Email address:  accreditation@apta.org

Mission and Values

Mission statement

The mission of the department of Physical Therapy is to glorify God by graduating independent physical therapy practitioners and leaders who are committed to addressing the changing needs of the individual, the profession and a global society with compassion, integrity and best evidence in order to optimize health and movement.

The department will fulfill its mission by:

  1. Creating a collaborative, caring, learner centered Christian environment; where every student matters, everyday
  2. Educating the whole person
  3. Fostering innovation, creativity, and leadership;
  4. Facilitating critical inquiry;
  5. Developing skills for self-directed, lifelong learning;
  6. Cultivating mutual respect for all persons and their differences;
  7. Providing unique opportunities to learn and practice in diverse environments and settings.

Values

The DPT Program was founded on the same principles as the University and is consistent with the profession. These include:

  1. Excellence
  2. Collaboration
  3. Service
  4. Integrity
  5. Faith
  6. Respect

Accreditation Statement

Graduation from a Physical Therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.  Faulkner University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on December 1, 2020. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

CAPTE Contact Information
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Telephone (703) 706-3245
Email address:  accreditation@apta.org

Admissions Requirements

We recognize that many students have been impacted by the COVID 19 virus.

  1. If a student is unable to complete the required observation hours, they will be asked to answer the following question, in 500 words or less:
    - With the numerous professions in health care, why do you believe physical therapy is the best fit for you?
  2. Prerequisite courses taken as PASS/FAIL during Spring 2020 semester will be accepted if a PASS grade was awarded. However, these courses will not be considered in GPA calculations. Any course receiving a failing grade will not be accepted.
  3. The GRE is still required. 'GRE General Test at Home' scores will be accepted. 

Degree requirements

Applicants must complete a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution prior to starting the DPT program.

Prerequisite Courses

All applicants must complete each of the following prerequisites with a grade of “C” or better. However, a “B” or better is strongly recommended. Applicants may choose to repeat a course, however, the grades will be averaged and only the first retake will be used.

Course Lab Requirement Credit hours
*Human Anatomy/ A & P I with lab YES 4
*Human Physiology/ A & P II with lab YES 4
Biology I and II YES 8
General Chemistry I and II YES 8
General Physics I and II YES 8
General Psychology NO 3
Statistics NO 3
Precalculus trigonometry or higher NO 3
English Composition I and II NO 6
Medical Terminology NO 1-3

*Course must be in department of biology, neuroscience, anatomy, physiology (not kinesiology)

All science courses must be taken within 10 years of the admission cycle year. Credit for courses older than 10 years may be made through validation by examination or other appropriate mechanism.  All courses must also be from an accredited institution.

GPA requirements

Applicants must have a minimum prerequisite grade point average (G.P.A) of 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale as well as at least a 3.0 G.P.A in the last 60 hours of academic coursework. Overall G.P.A will also be considered, therefore it is strongly recommended that the overall GPA be at least a 3.0 as well.

Official Test Scores

All applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within 5 years of the admission cycle year. While there is no minimum score required, scores are considered along with other data in the application.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required with the application. One must be from a professor who can speak to your academic ability to matriculate successfully through a graduate professional program. The other must be from a licensed physical therapist, coach, supervisor or service activity coordinator who can speak to your professional demeanor, ability to function in a complex environment, communicate effectively, and collaborate with others.

Recommendations are not accepted from family, friends, politicians or clergy.

Observations Hours

Applicants are required to complete a minimum of 50 hours of observation of physical therapy services within the past two years of the admission cycle year. These observation hours must occur in a minimum of 2 different settings. (outpatient, acute care, home health etc. )

Interview

Successful completion of an admission interview. Applicants are selected for interviews based on a holistic evaluation of their application and supporting materials. Submission of all required application material does not guarantee an interview.

Additional Requirements

Leadership and community service activities will be considered along with a brief response to the following question:

  • What attributes make a successful physical therapist? Discuss how you see yourself in relation to these qualities?

***Completion of minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. The Faulkner University PT Program Admissions Process is a competitive process; final decisions for admission are based on the recommendations of the Admissions Committee

Accreditation Statement

Graduation from a Physical Therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.  Faulkner University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on December 1, 2020. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

CAPTE Contact Information
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Telephone (703) 706-3245
Email address:  accreditation@apta.org

Essential Functions

Each applicant is required to read the Essential Functions document prior to matriculation to ensure they are familiar with the essential functions of a physical therapist and the process to seek reasonable accommodations as well as sign the acknowledgement form. Any questions regarding the Essential Functions of a Physical Therapist or accommodations should be directed to the Director for the Center of Disability Services.

Nancy Nichole Fussell, LMSW
Director for the Center of Disability Services
Faulkner University
5345 Atlanta Highway
Montgomery, AL 36109

Telephone: 334-386-7185
FAX: 334-386-7124

https://www.faulkner.edu/academic-resources/center-for-disability-services/

Accreditation Statement

Graduation from a Physical Therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.  Faulkner University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on December 1, 2020. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

CAPTE Contact Information
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Telephone (703) 706-3245
Email address:  accreditation@apta.org

Curriculum Outline

Course # Fall 1 17
PHT 6520 Basic Science I 5
PHT 6312 Movement Science I 3
PHT 6130 Professionalism and Leadership I 1
PHT 6210 Introduction to the Clinical Sciences 2
PHT 6350 Principles of Clinical Practice I 3
PHT 6222 Pathology and Medical Management I 2
PHT 6134 Introduction to Seminar 1
Course # Spring 1 17
PHT 6421 Basic Science II 4
PHT 6351 Principles of Clinical Practice II 3
PHT 6313 Movement Science II 3
PHT 6240 Evidence based practice I 2
PHT 6323 Pathology and Medical Management II 3
PHT 6224 Exercise physiology 2
Course # Summer 1 17
PHT 6214 Movement Science III 2
PHT 6580 Foundation of Clinical Sciences- Physical Therapy Through the Lifespan I 5
PHT 6581 Foundation of Clinical Sciences: Physical Therapy Through the Lifespan II 5
PHT 6311 Basic Examination 3
PHT 6131 Professionalism and Leadership II 1
PHT 7141 Evidence Based Practice II 1
Course # Fall 2 16
PHT 7582 Foundation of Clinical Sciences: Physical Therapy through the Lifespan III 5
PHT 7200 Integrated Clinical Experience* 2
PHT 7173 Advanced Clinical Sciences: Pediatrics 1
PHT 7483 Advanced Clinical Sciences: Physical Therapy Management of the Spine 4
PHT 7233 Faith, Health and Quality of Life 2
PHT 7271 Advanced Clinical Sciences: Neurological Rehabilitation 2
Course # Spring 2 16
PHT 7360 Advanced Clinical Sciences: Outpatient Rehabilitation I 3
PHT 7201  Community Health* 2
PHT 7142 Evidence Based Practice III 1
PHT 7052 Seminar- Grand Rounds ** 0
PHT 7361 Advanced clinical Sciences: Inpatient rehabilitation I 3
PHT 7384 Advanced clinical sciences: Primary Care 3
PHT 7485 Advanced Clinical Sciences: Special Populations 4
Course # Summer 2 11
PHT 7272 Contemporary Physical Therapy Practice 2
PHT 7143 Evidence Based Practice IV 1
PHT 7232 Professionalism and leadership III 2
PHT 7362 Advanced clinical Sciences: Outpatient Rehabilitation II 3
PHT 7363 Advanced Clinical Sciences: Inpatient Rehabilitation II 3

*PHT 7200 and PHR 7201 are offered fall 2 and spring 2 only and students are enrolled in 1 course in the fall and the other in the spring.

** PHT 7152 is offered in the fall 2 and spring 2 only and students are randomly assigned to enroll in either fall or spring.

Course # Fall 3 10
PHT 8590 Experiential learning  I (10 weeks) 5
PHT 8591 Experiential learning II (10 weeks) 5
Course # Spring 3 7
PHT 8692 Experiential learning III (12 weeks) 6
PHT 8199 Professional Seminar 1

Total 111 credits

DPT Course Descriptions

SEMESTER 1:

PHT 6520 Basic Science I (5 hours)
This course is an advanced, detailed examination of the structure and function of the human body. All systems (cardiovascular, endocrine and metabolic, gastrointestinal, genital and reproductive, hematologic, hepatic and biliary, immune, integumentary, lymphatic, musculoskeletal, nervous, respiratory, and renal and urologic systems) will be studied with special emphasis on the musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems. A variety of learning opportunities will be provided to gain a better understanding of the systems and their interrelationships. 

PHT 6312 Movement Science I (3 hours)
The first course in the series provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts underlying human movement. In this course, the principles of anatomy, functional anatomy, biomechanics, and kinesiology will provide a basis for understanding normal and abnormal movement in the human body. Ergonomic assessment and observational gait analysis will also be introduced.

PHT 6130 Professionalism and Leadership I (1 hour)
In this course, students will be educated about the past, present and future directions of the profession, the APTA and the physical therapists role/ responsibility as part of the health care team. Various health care models will be introduced. Documents that will be reviewed include: APTA core documents such as the Vision and Strategic Plan for the Physical Therapy Profession, Professionalism in Physical Therapy: APTA Code of Ethics, Core values, and the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice. The Core Competencies of Leadership will be introduced and meaningful ways to apply leadership skills discussed. The course will also present strategies for success in the professional program. 

PHT 6210 Introduction to Clinical Sciences (2 hours)
In this course, students will learn the foundations of patient centered holistic care, including: effective communication and interpersonal interactions (patient/ therapist relationship), clinical decision making, foundations of education, Patient Client Management Model, reflective practice, intercultural competence and health promotion.

PHT 6350 Principles of Clinical Practice I (3 hours)
This course series introduces students to foundational skills used in clinical practice. Primary areas of emphasis include: observational analysis, positioning and draping, transfer training, wheelchair mobility, use of assistive devices, posture and body mechanics, safety, vital signs, response to emergencies, infection control, integumentary integrity and circulation, anthropometric measurements, PROM/ AAROM/ AROM, and measurement of joint motion. Students will also be introduced to documentation in health care. 

PHT 6222 Pathology and Medical Management I (2 hours)
The first of two courses that focus on the pathogenesis, clinical presentation, prognosis, and medical intervention of diseases encountered in physical therapy practice. The relevance of medical imaging and laboratory values in diagnosis and management will be covered. Students will be introduced to the pharmacological management of various conditions and the implications related to physical therapy practice will be discussed. 

PHT 6134 Introduction to Seminar (1 hour)
This course is an introduction to the seminar series. Seminar courses are a “grand rounds” experience in a problem based learning format. Students develop their clinical decision making process, as cases increase in complexity, through research, discussion and collaboration. IPE competencies are introduced. The first course introduces students to the tools necessary to be a successful problem based learner and the “grand rounds” format. Students will learn how to work effectively as part of a health care team, how to manage conflict and solve problems while respecting individual differences. 

 

SEMESTER 2: 

PHT 6421 Basic Science II (4 hours)
This course is an in depth study of the structure and function of the neurological system, including gross anatomy, histology, embryology and physiology. Students will be introduced to selected pathologies and special tests that facilitate the understanding the relationship of the nervous system to movement of the human body. 

PHT 6351 Principles of Clinical Practice II (3 hours)
The second course is a continuation of clinical practice I, which teaches students about essential skills required for clinic. Topics include motor performance and manual muscle testing, therapeutic modalities, soft tissue mobilization, and assistive technology. Students will be introduced to the SOAP note format and practice accurate documentation of techniques. 

PHT 6313 Movement Science II (3 hours)
In the second course, students will be introduced to theories related to motor control, motor development, motor learning and motor behavior. These concepts will serve as a framework for evaluation and treatment of movement dysfunction throughout the lifespan. The theories and constructs behind the prescription and use of prosthetics and orthotics and their impact on the movement system will also be discussed. 

PHT 6240 Evidence Based Practice I (2 hours)
This course series is designed for students to gain the knowledge and skills required to become an evidence based practitioner. The first course introduces the foundation of evidence based practice and the integration of clinical decision making. Students will learn how to access knowledge for practice, and will learn the methods of scientific inquiry, including research theory, design, methods, and measurement. Research ethics and the IRB will be reviewed.

PHT 6323 Pathology and Medical Management II (3 hours)
The final course that focuses on the pathogenesis, clinical presentation, prognosis, and medical intervention of diseases encountered in physical therapy practice. The relevance of medical imaging and laboratory values in diagnosis and management will be covered. Students will be introduced to the pharmacological management of various conditions and the implications related to physical therapy practice will be discussed.

 PHT 6224 Exercise Physiology (2 hours)
This course examines the body’s physiological response, both acute and chronic, to exercise. Students will learn about the changes in exercise responses through the lifespan and in special populations as well as measurement of oxygen uptake/energy expenditure. 

 

SEMESTER 3: 

PHT 6214 Movement Science III (2 hours)
In the final course in the series, exercise prescription and progression strategies will be analyzed utilizing the foundations of movement science. Students will utilize knowledge from previous courses and movement analysis to develop exercise regimes. Clinical reasoning through patient case studies will facilitate student understanding of mechanical concepts.

 PHT 6580 Foundation of Clinical Sciences: Physical Therapy through the Lifespan I (5 hours)
This course presents an in depth study into the examination and treatment of movement system disorders of the musculoskeletal system through the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on patient centered care and practice expectations including: screening, examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, development of a plan of care, intervention, and evaluation of outcomes. Application of foundational concepts including: collaboration with the health care team, professionalism, patient/ caregiver education, intercultural competence, health promotion/ prevention and documentation is emphasized. Medical management of orthopedic conditions including surgical and non-surgical procedures of common musculoskeletal conditions and the implications for physical therapy practice is included. 

PHT 6581 Foundation of Clinical Sciences: Physical Therapy through the Lifespan II (5 hours)
This course will provide the student with a foundation in examination and treatment of movement system disorders of the neurological system. Examination skills will focus on development of movement analysis for motor control dysfunction across the lifespan. Medical management of common neurological conditions is included as well as precautions or special considerations pertinent to physical therapists. Emphasis is placed on patient centered care and practice expectations including: screening, examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, development of a plan of care, intervention, documentation and evaluations of outcomes. Application of foundational concepts including: collaboration with the health care team, professionalism, patient/ caregiver education, intercultural competence and health promotion/ prevention. 

PHT 6311 Basic Examination (3 hours)
This course is designed to teach students the foundational concepts and skills required to perform the basic components of a physical therapy examination. Students will draw upon previous knowledge to design a plan given patient case scenarios.

PHT 6131 Professionalism and Leadership II (1 hour)
The second course in the series expands on the role of the physical therapist as a professional and a leader. Students will explore the practice of physical therapy with an emphasis on leadership. Focus areas include advocacy, public policymaking in the United States focusing on health care and physical therapy, legal and ethical aspects of health care. Specialty areas of practice will also be examined in relation to legal and ethical practice including direct access, health and wellness and pro bono services. 

PHT 7141 Evidence Based Practice II (1 hour)
The second course in the series focuses on developing skills necessary to integrate evidence into practice. Students will learn how to develop a research question and search strategy, critically appraise the literature and write a literature review. Research methods, proposals and grant sources will also be discussed. Students will also learn how to determine the statistical conclusion validity of research evidence for practice, learn the logic of hypothesis testing and learn specific statistical tests used in research analysis. Students will explore various methods to integrate results into clinical practice. 

 

SEMESTER 4: 

PHT 7582 Foundation of Clinical Sciences: Physical Therapy through the Lifespan III (5 hours)
This course presents an in depth study into the examination and treatment of individuals with acute medical and surgical conditions, cardiopulmonary pathology and integumentary dysfunction through the lifespan. The impact of medical management of pathology on rehabilitation will be discussed, including the role of pharmaceuticals in rehabilitation. Emphasis is placed on patient centered care and practice expectations including: screening, examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, development of a plan of care, intervention, and evaluation of outcomes. Application of foundational concepts including: collaboration with the health care team, professionalism, patient/ caregiver education, intercultural competence, health promotion/ prevention and documentation is emphasized.

PHT 7200 Integrated Clinical Experience (2 hours)
Students will take this course in either the fall or spring of their second year. This is a part time clinical experience that will take place in an inpatient and/or outpatient setting. Students will have the opportunity integrate knowledge and skills from the classroom into the clinic.  

PHT 7173 Advanced Clinical Sciences: Pediatrics (1 hour)
This course provides an in depth study of the unique aspects of pediatric physical therapy. Students will integrate previous coursework and research to improve their ability to provide patient centered, holistic, family centered, collaborative care. Pediatric 

PHT 7483 Advanced Clinical Sciences: Physical Therapy Management of the Spine (4 hours)
This course presents an in depth study into the examination and treatment of movement system disorders of the spine, sacroiliac joint and temporomandibular joint through the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on patient centered care and practice expectations including: screening, examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, development of a plan of care, intervention, and evaluation of outcomes. Application of foundational concepts including: collaboration with the health care team, professionalism, patient/ caregiver education, intercultural competence, health promotion/ prevention and documentation is emphasized. Medical management of surgical and non-surgical techniques of common musculoskeletal conditions and the implications for physical therapy practice is included. Physical therapy intervention will be directed at resolution of specific impairments and functional limitations, but will also address contributing factors and prophylaxis.

PHT 7233 Faith, Health and Quality of Life (2 hours)
This course is designed to examine the complex role of the physical therapist in interactions with patient/ clients, colleagues, families and the profession. Students gain and understanding of the role and impact of illness, disability, health, spirituality, and other factors on patients/ clients as well as their own life. Students will explore what it means to be a Christian in health care. Emphasis will be placed on self-awareness as well as awareness of others with respect to illness, pain, addictions, cultural differences, spirituality, and coping strategies. Discussions include faith-based foundations, including the Christian moral tradition, sociocultural influences, professional codes, organizational norms, and personal ethical norms are explored. 

PHT 7271 Advanced Clinical Sciences: Neurological Rehabilitation (2 hours)
This course expands upon existing knowledge of the neurological system and neurological disorders and provides students with advanced skills in the examination, evaluation and treatment of adults and older adults with neurological conditions. Clinical scenarios will be utilized to examine complex conditions and students will be encouraged to integrate evidence into proposed assessment and treatment methods 

PHT 7052 Seminar – Grand Rounds (0 hour)
The seminar course is a “grand rounds” experience in a problem based learning format. Students develop their clinical decision making process, as cases increase in complexity, through research, discussion and collaboration. IPE competencies are emphasized. Students will take this course in the fall or spring of their second year. 

 

SEMESTER 5: 

PHT 7360 Advanced Clinical Sciences: Outpatient Rehabilitation I (3 hours)
Outpatient rehabilitation I is the first of two courses designed to integrate knowledge and skills from prior courses in the examination, evaluation and treatment of patients/clients typically presenting to physical therapy in ambulatory care centers such as: private practice, home health, school system and wellness settings. Students are challenged to integrate important considerations such as the dynamics of the setting, medical conditions, comorbidities and unique characteristics of the individual in order to provide a comprehensive examination and treatment. Clinical decision making and use of the best evidence will be developed as the learner selects, applies, and justifies treatment interventions for specific patient-centered functional goals for case vignettes presented in increasing level of complexity. 

PHT 7201 Community Health (2 hours)
This course is designed to provide students with learning experiences both in the classroom and in the community. Emphasis is placed on population health and methods to incorporate service into their practice and make a lasting difference in their communities. Students will enroll in this course in either the fall or spring of their second year, alternating with PHT 7200. 

PHT 7142 Evidence Based Practice III (1 hour)
In this course, students will apply knowledge from previous coursework as well as their ICE experience in order to complete a case study report. Students are required to complete a both a written case study and presentation. 

PHT 7361 Advanced Clinical Sciences: Inpatient Rehabilitation I (3 hours)
Inpatient rehabilitation is the first of two courses designed to integrate knowledge and skills from prior courses in the examination, evaluation and treatment of patients/clients typically presenting to physical therapy in inpatient settings such as: acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, and long term care. Students are challenged to integrate important considerations such as dynamics of the setting, medical conditions, comorbidities and unique characteristics of the individual in order to provide a comprehensive examination and treatment. Clinical decision making and use of the best evidence will be developed as the learner selects, applies, and justifies treatment interventions for specific patient-centered functional goals for patient vignettes presented in increasing level of complexity.

PHT 7384 Advanced Clinical Sciences: Primary Care (3 hours)
The focus of this course is the acquisition of knowledge and skills to practice as an independent practitioner of physical therapy. This course facilitates the development of a safe, effective comprehensive examination that can be implemented in a variety of settings. Essential skills include screening for a wide range of conditions and pathologies that are not within the scope of physical therapist practice. Emphasis will be on the role of diagnostic imaging as it relates to physical therapy, including indications for referral for imaging, and integrating imaging information with significant findings from patient history, laboratory values and patient examination in physical therapy assessment. In addition, the skills necessary to effectively collaborate and communicate with medical professionals along with patterns of referral to the appropriate health care provider are discussed and practiced. Independent practice in the health and wellness arena is also explored. Principles of health promotion, including the role of nutrition, screening for health and wellness needs, and designing interventions to promote health behavior change will be covered. Effective clinical decision making will be emphasized throughout the course, using patient case vignettes and clinical prediction rules. 

PHT 7485 Advanced Clinical Sciences: Special Populations (4 hours)
In this course, students engage in an in depth study of various special populations encountered in physical therapy practice. Areas of study include but not limited to: gender health across the lifespan, industrial rehabilitation, cancer, mental health/illness and sport specific rehabilitation. 

 

SEMESTER 6: 

PHT 7272 Contemporary Physical Therapy Practice (2 hours)
This course expands upon existing knowledge and provides students with advanced theory and skills in the evaluation and management of various topics within physical therapy. Different topics will be addressed, representing areas that are either early in their development within the physical therapy profession or that are not widely addressed within the entry-level curriculum. This will be a student driven course, where information will be researched and presented by students, with faculty leading problem solving sessions to deal with complex patient issues. 

PHT 7143 Evidence Based Practice IV (1 hour)
This course requires students to draw upon previous coursework and IPE experiences in order to choose a topic of interest and conduct a systematic review. Students are required to submit a written document and complete an oral presentation. 

PHT 7362 Advanced Clinical Sciences: Outpatient Rehabilitation II (3 hours)
Outpatient rehabilitation II is the second of two courses designed to integrate knowledge and skills from prior courses in the examination, evaluation and treatment of patients/clients typically presenting to physical therapy in private practice, home health, school system and wellness settings. Students are challenged to integrate important considerations such as dynamics of the setting, medical conditions, comorbidities and unique characteristics of the individual in order to provide a comprehensive examination and treatment. Clinical decision making and use of the best evidence will be developed as the learner selects, applies, and justifies treatment interventions for specific patient-centered functional goals for case vignettes presented in increasing level of complexity. 

PHT 7363 Advanced Clinical Sciences: Inpatient Rehabilitation II (3 hours)
The second course in the series, inpatient rehabilitation is designed to integrate knowledge and skills from prior courses in the examination, evaluation and treatment of patients/clients typically presenting to physical therapy in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, and long term care. Students are challenged to integrate important considerations such as dynamics of the setting, medical conditions, comorbidities and unique characteristics of the individual in order to provide a comprehensive examination and treatment. Clinical decision making and use of the best evidence will be developed as the learner selects, applies, and justifies treatment interventions for specific patient-centered functional goals for patient vignettes presented in increasing level of complexity.

PHT 7232 Professionalism and Leadership III (2 hours)
In the final course in the series, students examine leadership and administration theories and prepare for the transition from student to professional. Topics include: strategic planning, management, marketing, budgeting, human resources, quality assurance and networking. Current trends in billing and reimbursement will also be discussed. Strategies for building a successful portfolio, career development, lifelong learning and personal financial planning will be covered. The importance of becoming a high-performance, well-balanced professional will be emphasized.

 

SEMESTER 7: 

PHT 8590 Experiential Learning Experience I (5 hours)
This course is a full time 10 week experience in which students integrate knowledge and skills taught in the didactic portion of the curriculum into the clinical setting. Students are directly supervised by a licensed physical therapist in clinical sites throughout the United States. 

PHT 8591 Experiential Learning Experience II (5 hours)
This course is a full time 10 week experience in which students integrate knowledge and skills taught in the didactic portion of the curriculum into the clinical setting. Students are directly supervised by a licensed physical therapist in clinical sites throughout the United States. 

 

SEMESTER 8: 

PHT 8692 Experiential Learning Experience III (6 hours)
This course is a full time 12 week experience in which students integrate knowledge and skills taught in the didactic portion of the curriculum into the clinical setting. Students are directly supervised by a licensed physical therapist in clinical sites throughout the United States. 

PHT 8135 Professional Seminar (1 hour)
This course is designed to prepare students to enter the profession of physical therapy. Students will prepare for the transition by creating a career development plan, completing their

Professional Portfolio and Service Learning Activities as well as preparing for the National Licensure Examination.

Graduate Outcomes

Information regarding graduation, employment, and licensure pass rates will be posted here once the program graduates its first class.

 

Accreditation Statement

Graduation from a Physical Therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.  Faulkner University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on December 1, 2020. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

CAPTE Contact Information
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Telephone (703) 706-3245
Email address:  accreditation@apta.org

Tuition and Fees

YEAR

1

2

3

Terms enrolled

3

3

2

Months enrolled

12

12

9

Estimated tuition

$38,250

$33,000

$12,000

College fees

$1,875

$1,875

$1,575

Tuition and fees *

 

$40,125

$34,875

$13,575

Estimated cost for books

$1200

$1200

$0

*There will be additional costs of the program not charged through Faulkner University, including background checks, clinical education expenses, etc.

It is estimated that students should plan for at least $14000 each year for living expenses and transportation. This estimate would vary based on choice of accommodations, lifestyle, etc.

FAQs

When will Faulkner University be notified if CAPTE has granted the DPT program candidacy status?

CAPTE will make their decision at the April meeting. Faulkner should be informed the week of May 10th, 2021.

If I attend the DPT program before it earns initial accreditation, does that mean I cannot become a physical therapist?

No. Per USDE regulations, all credits and degrees earned and issued by a program holding candidacy are considered to be from an accredited program. Therefore, once you complete your degree, you will be eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapy Licensure Examination.

When will Faulkner University be notified if CAPTE has granted the DPT program candidacy status?

CAPTE will make their decision at the April meeting. Faulkner should be informed the week of May 10th, 2021.

Does Faulkner University use the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) process?

No. PTCAS will not be used for the first admissions cycle. Refer to the website for admission process for Fall 2021.

What is the GPA requirement?

Applicants must have a minimum prerequisite grade point average (G.P.A) of 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale as well as at least a 3.0 G.P.A in the last 60 hours of academic coursework. Overall G.P.A will also be considered, therefore it is strongly recommended that the overall GPA be at least a 3.0 as well.

Does Faulkner require the GRE?

All applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within 5 years of the admission cycle year. While there is no minimum score required, scores are considered along with other data in the application.

I don’t have a bachelor’s degree, can I still apply?

Yes you can apply but applicants must complete a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution prior to beginning the program. A bachelor’s degree must be completed by August 1 of the year you would begin the program. You can apply prior to receiving the degree. The physical therapy program is an entry-level doctorate program and requires that all students have a bachelor’s degree when they begin in August. We will accept students with bachelor’s degrees in any field, as long as I meet the admissions requirements and prerequisites.

Do I need to finish all of the requirements before I can apply?

Applications will be accepted with prerequisite courses outstanding however, applicants must complete all courses and earn a bachelor’s degree prior to matriculation. Students must complete 12 of the 14 prerequisite courses by January 1st of the admission cycle year in order to be considered. All courses must be taken within 8 years of the admission cycle year. Credit for courses older than 8 years may be made through validation by examination or other appropriate mechanism. All science courses must be taken within 10 years of the admission cycle year. Credit for courses older than 10 years may be made through validation or another appropriate mechanism.  

What are your prerequisite courses? 

Course

Lab Requirement

Credit hours

*Human Anatomy/ A & P I with lab

YES

4

*Human Physiology/ A & P II with lab

YES

4

Biology I

YES

4

Biology II (may substitute upper biology course, including genetics, neurosceience, cell biology)

YES

4

General Chemistry I and II

YES

8

General Physics I and II

YES

8

General Psychology

NO

3

Statistics

NO

3

Precalculus trigonometry or higher

NO

3

English Composition I and II

NO

6

Medical Terminology

NO

1-3

*Course must be in department of biology, neuroscience, anatomy, physiology (not kinesiology)

Can pass/fail courses be used to meet the prerequisite course requirements?

No, only courses in which you earned a letter or number grade can be used to fulfill the required courses.

What if I took my courses a long time ago?

All science courses must be taken within 10 years of the admission cycle year. Credit for courses older than 10 years may be made through validation or other appropriate mechanism.  

Does Faulkner require letters of Recommendation?

Yes. Two letters of recommendation are required with the application, one from a licensed physical therapist, coach, supervisor or service activity coordinator and one from a professor. Recommendations are NOT accepted from family, friends, clergy, politicians.

I got a “C” in a prerequisite course, should I retake it?

Repeating a course is allowed, however, the grades will be averaged and only the first retake will be used. Additional retakes will not be considered. If you choose to retake a course, it is strongly suggested that you only do so if you feel confident you can improve your grade. Remember that if you are able to earn an A in the course, the A will be averaged with the C. So your grade will be recorded as a B.

What if I did better in an upper level course, can I substitute that grade instead?

In situations where students went above the prerequisite course requirement, the highest grade earned will be utilized to calculate prerequisite GPA. Ex. If an applicant earned a C in general chemistry, but an A in organic chemistry, the A will be used for the chemistry grade.

What kind of observational experience is required?

Applicants are required to complete a minimum of 50 hours observation of physical therapy services within the past two years of the admission cycle year. Observation hours must occur in a minimum of 2 different settings, however 3 is strongly recommended. (outpatient, acute care, home health etc. )

Do you have a preference for Alabama applicants?

No. We do not have an in-state preference. Because we are a private institution, we do not take applicants’ state of residence into consideration when making acceptance offers.

Do you have a preference for Faulkner University applicants?

Yes. We give preference to Faulkner University applicants, as well as applicants who are Church of Christ members. However, we strongly encourage students from all universities and backgrounds to apply.

When is your application deadline?

All application materials must be complete and submitted to Faulkner University no later than January 1st  2021.

How many students are accepted into the DPT program each year?

Our program will accept a maximum of 50 students each year. 

What can I do be a more competitive applicant?

We consider a variety of factors in addition to GPA and GRE scores. We are looking for applicants who have demonstrated a strong desire to become a physical therapist, have a record of service and leadership, positive interview, and letters of recommendation. 

Accreditation Statement

Graduation from a Physical Therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.  Faulkner University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on December 1, 2020. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

CAPTE Contact Information
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Telephone (703) 706-3245
Email address:  accreditation@apta.org

Resources

If you want to learn more about the physical therapy profession, education, licensure and more please follow the links below.

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
http://www.capteonline.org/home.aspx

American Physical Therapy Association
http://www.apta.org/

Alabama Physical Therapy Association
https://www.ptalabama.org/

Alabama Board of Physical Therapy
http://pt.alabama.gov/

Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy
https://www.fsbpt.org/

 

Accreditation Statement

Graduation from a Physical Therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.  Faulkner University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on December 1, 2020. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

CAPTE Contact Information
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Telephone (703) 706-3245
Email address:  accreditation@apta.org

File a Complaint

Any individual or organization that is dissatisfied with his/her experience or encounter with any student, faculty, or staff member associated with the Department of Physical Therapy may file a complaint against the offending party with the Department of Physical Therapy Chair/ Program Director. The complaint must be made in writing to be considered bona fide. Complaints should be addressed as follows:

Dr. Heather E. Mount
Department of Physical Therapy
Faulkner University
5345 Atlanta Hwy
Montgomery, Al 36109
Email: hmount@faulkner.edu
Phone: (334) 386- 7379

Complaints about the Department of Physical Therapy or the Program Director may be submitted directly to the Vice President of Academic Affairs at the following address:

Dr. Dave Rampersad
Vice President of Academic Affairs
Faulkner University
5345 Atlanta Hwy
Montgomery, Al 36109
Email: drampersad@faulkner.edu
Phone: (334) 386-7102

Complaints about the DPT program or University related to compliance with accreditation standards must be submitted in writing to the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). These complaints should be addressed as follows:

Dr. Candy Bahner
Department of Accreditation
American Physical Therapy Association
1111 N. Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Email: candybahner@apta.org
Phone: (703) 706-3240

Accreditation Statement

Graduation from a Physical Therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.  Faulkner University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on December 1, 2020. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

CAPTE Contact Information
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Telephone (703) 706-3245
Email address:  accreditation@apta.org

Contact Information

Physical Therapy Department
physicaltherapy@faulkner.edu

Graduate Enrollment
graduateenrollment@faulkner.edu
(334) 386-7343

Founding Chair/ Program Director
Dr. Heather E. Mount, PT, DSc
hmount@faulkner.edu

Founding Director of Clinical Education
Dr. Chris Ireland, DPT, OCS
cireland@faulkner.edu
334-386-7295

Accreditation Statement

Graduation from a Physical Therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.  Faulkner University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on December 1, 2020. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

CAPTE Contact Information
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Telephone (703) 706-3245
Email address:  accreditation@apta.org