Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)

Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)

Academic Director (N.H.): Meghan Rohde

Associate Professors (A.Z.): Tamara Hefferon, David Lorello, Robert Phillips, Scott Richardson, RuiPing Xia,

Associate Professors (N.H.): Allison Kellish,

Assistant Professors (A.Z.): John (Jack) Bott, Shaina Ettinger, Elise Harris

Assistant Professors (N.H.): Maureen Clancy, Lisa Doyle, Cory Hall, Willow Henry, Olga McSorley, Theresa O'Neil, Elke Schaumberg

                                           
One University – Two DPT Programs
Franklin Pierce University offers two full-time DPT programs with distinct formats, both are fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy. The faculty in both programs stay clinically relevant by engaging in clinical work. Both programs have the same mission and goals and curriculum outcomes. 

Students in both D.P.T. programs are required to hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university and complete all prerequisite courses and requirements prior to matriculating into the program. The Essential Functions provide specific core performance standards that every student must be able to meet, with or without reasonable accommodation, for admission and progression in the D.P.T. program. 

The New Hampshire DPT program is an on-site program that is 30 months in length in Manchester, New Hampshire. It has 38 weeks of clinical experience in 10 graduate terms. An early full-time experience of 8 weeks is done during the fifth term. 

The Arizona DPT program uses the hybrid mode of delivery and is 25.5 months in length (8 terms). The curriculum is a blend of online learning (synchronous and asynchronous) and intensive 4–5-day lab sessions, held in Goodyear, Arizona. In addition to the 30 weeks of full-time clinical experiences at the end of the didactic portion, the student participates in early hands-on Integrated Clinical Experiences during the didactic phase of the program.

The Physical Therapy Profession 

Physical Therapists (PTs) are licensed healthcare professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, who have health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. Physical therapists:
• Diagnose and manage movement dysfunction and enhance physical and functional abilities.
• Restore, maintain, and promote optimal physical function, wellness, fitness, and quality of life as it relates to movement and health.
• Prevent the onset, symptoms, and progression of impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities that may result from diseases, disorders, conditions, or injuries. 

Physical therapists provide care for people in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes (apta.org). Franklin Pierce University offers Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) programs in Manchester, New Hampshire, and in Goodyear, Arizona. Both facilities are newly renovated with state-of-the-art equipment and learning technologies. Clinical experience is a vital part of the program and is conducted at sites throughout the country.

Mission 
The Mission of the D.P.T. program is to graduate competent practitioners who are prepared to enhance the physical health and functional abilities of the members of the public. Our graduates render independent judgment in collaboration with others to advocate for and meet the needs of the patient/client and to ensure equal access for all individuals. They critically analyze, appropriately utilize, and contribute to evidence-based practice. Our graduates embrace life-long learning and consciously apply ethical values. They contribute to society and the profession in practice, teaching, administration, community service, and the discovery and application of new knowledge related to physical therapy. 

Expected Graduate Goals and Outcomes

Graduates of the D.P.T. program will: 
1. Have the knowledge and skills of a PT capable of working as an autonomous practitioner
• Achieve 100% ultimate pass rate on the NPTE 
• Employed as autonomous practitioners in a variety of practice settings 
• Integrate current research, clinical expertise, and patient values into practice 
2. Demonstrate empathetic and compassionate practice
• Adhere to the APTA Code of Ethics 
• Respect and treat each patient as an individual, without regard to gender, race, color, sexual orientation, or religious affiliation 
3. Demonstrate commitment to the physical therapy profession
• Promote the profession through education 
• Possess skills to advocate for the profession 

Franklin Pierce University’s D.P.T. Educational Philosophy 
• The curriculum and teaching are guided by the following values: 
• The inherent worth of the individual and the value of diversity; 
• The autonomous practice of the profession; 
• The inherent value of inter-professional collaboration and consultation; 
• That community service is a powerful mechanism for teaching and learning; 
• That life-long learning is critical for all physical therapy practitioners; 
• That ethical thinking, behavior and social responsibility are central to physical therapist education; 
• That the development of critical thinking and the application of evidence-based practice are core skills for all graduates; 
• That graduates contribute to society through work, teaching, community involvement, and the application of new knowledge. 

Faculty, graduates, and employers continue to contribute to the development of the D.P.T. curriculum preparing our students and graduates to have the skills to practice in a changing society and health care delivery system. 

Special consideration for entrance into the FPU D.P.T. program is offered for FPU undergraduates in three pathways:  (See more information under D.P.T. Direct Admit
1. Freshman D.P.T. Direct Admit: High School Seniors who meet specific requirements (see below) are guaranteed entrance into the FPU D.P.T. program upon satisfactory completion (see below) of the requirements for entrance into the D.P.T. program. 
2. Current FPU Student D.P.T. Direct Admit: Current students who meet the established levels of academic success in the undergraduate courses (see below)can apply for D.P.T. Direct Admit in their first three years of undergraduate work. These students will have guaranteed entrance into the FPU D.P.T. program upon satisfactory completion (see below) of the requirements for entrance into the D.P.T. program. 
3. Preferential FPU Application review for current student into the FPU D.P.T. program: Students who are current students at FPU and are not in the D.P.T. Direct Admit program will have preferential application review than transfer students if they meet the following criteria: 
• A Completed application in PTCAS before November 15 the year before expected entrance into the D.P.T. program 
• Recommendation from FPU advisor 

Application Process 
The application and admissions process is the same for both Manchester, N.H. and Goodyear, A.Z. D.P.T. programs. Students must apply through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) online at ptcas.org.
D.P.T. programs. Two applications are necessary to apply to both programs. Students must apply through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) online at ptcas.org. The PTCAS application cycle opens in midsummer for the following academic year. We evaluate applications throughout the admissions cycle with a soft deadline in the beginning of March and consider qualified applicants until the class is filled.

Doctor of Physical Therapy Promotion Policy 
In addition to the University’s Graduate Academic Standing Policy, as listed in the current Catalog, the Doctor of Physical Therapy program implements the following Promotion Policy that is more stringent. 

Good Academic Standing 
The course sequence in the curriculum is designed to provide incremental knowledge and skills necessary for PT practice. In general, the sequence must be followed to achieve this goal. A student in good academic standing will progress through the curriculum as designed. Since courses are arranged in a specific sequence, repeating a course will result in deceleration of the student’s progress through the curriculum, and require a longer period of time to successfully complete the entire curriculum. Good academic standing is obtained by achieving a term grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or greater, maintaining a cumulative GPA (CGPA) of 3.00 or greater, passing all Pass/Fail courses, earning course grades of B- or greater and maintaining appropriate standards of professional behavior. 

Doctoral Academic Sanctions 

Academic Probation 
• Any student whose term GPA is below 3.00 for a single term, or 
• Any student whose CGPA is below 3.00 for a single term, or 
• Any student who receives a final course grade of C or below in any course, or 
• Any student who receives a Fail grade in a Pass/Fail course 

Additionally, any student who receives a final course grade of C or below in any course will be required to repeat the course with a B or better. 

Academic Suspension 
An Academic suspension requires a student to step out of the lock-step curriculum to repeat a course when: 
• A student receives a final course grade of C or below in any course or 
• A student receives a Fail grade in a P/F course 
• The student who is repeating a course and earns a B- or lower grade, may not progress until this course is successfully completed
• The student must complete a Learning Contract and may be encouraged to audit other courses they have already completed in order to engage and remain up-to-date with the other didactic coursework. 

Program Dismissal 
• Any student whose term GPA is below 3.00 for two terms, or 
• Any students whose CGPA is below 3.00 for two terms, or 
• Any student who receives a final course grade of C or below in two courses, or 
• Any student who receives a Fail grade in any two Pass/Fail courses, or 
• Any student who receives a final course grade of C or below in one course and a Fail grade in any Pass/Fail course, or 
• Any student who fails to earn a Pass or a final course grade of B or better in any repeated course. or 
• Any student who fails to adhere to the professional standards of the program. 

Academic Status Letter 
At the completion of each term, if academic performance is consistent with the criteria set forth for academic probation, suspension or program dismissal, the Dean will issue a letter notifying the student of their academic status. 

Learning Contract 
A student who is placed on academic probation, academic suspension or program dismissal will be required to proceed under a Learning Contract. The Learning Contract will identify the academic criteria necessary to return to academic good standing. 

Promotion 
• Students must satisfactorily complete all courses maintaining a 3.00 term GPA and CGPA and must have successfully completed a learning contract before proceeding to the full-time clinical experiences. 
• Students must pass the comprehensive practical examination in the last didactic term in order to participate in the full-time terminal clinical experiences. 
• Students must pass all full-time clinical education experiences in order to graduate. Only one repeat of a full-time clinical experience is allowed. 

Appeals 
A student has the right to appeal a faculty decision regarding progression in the program. If a student wishes to appeal, the student must contact his/her advisor immediately upon receiving formal notice of unsatisfactory performance and file the appeal to the director of the DPT program within 3 days of receipt of the Academic Sanction Letter. The advisor will assist the student in developing an appeal describing the unusual circumstances leading to the unsatisfactory performance and actions the student has undertaken/ or plans to undertake to strengthen their academic performance. A student may appeal to the Dean and the Graduate Academic Standing Committee if not satisfied with the decision of the DPT Director.

Curriculum Plan-New Hampshire

Term I
PTH506  Introduction to Professional Development& Patient Education 2 credits
PTH523  Anatomy                                                                                              6 credits
PTH528  Kinesiology                                                                                          6 credits
PTH531  Foundations of Physical Therapy Practice I  2 credits

Term I = 16 credits

Term II
PTH504  Physiology in Health and Disease                                                 3 credits
PTH518  Research Methods in Physical Therapy                                         2 credits
PTH532  Foundations of Physical Therapy Practice II                                2 credits
PTH537  Musculoskeletal System I – Upper Extremity                            4 credits
PTH545  Therapeutic Exercise & Soft Tissue Mobilization                       3 credits
PTH547  Physical Agent Modalities                                                             2 credits

Term II = 16 credits

Term III
PTH508  Neuroanatomy                                                                             3 credits
PTH517  PYI Integrated Clinical Education Experience                           1 credit
PTH519  Critical Inquiry                                                                               1 credit
PTH524  Clinical Pharmacology                                                                2 credits
PTH529  Health Promotion & Wellness I                                                 2 credits
PTH538  Musculoskeletal System II – Lower Extremity                       4 credits
PTH620  Imaging & Diagnostics                                                               2 credits

Term III = 15 credits
        
Term IV
PTH512  Motor Control Across the Lifespan                                     4 credits
PTH530  Health Promotion & Wellness II                                         1 credit
PTH534  Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy             3 credits
PTH539  Musculoskeletal System III – Spine                                   5 credits
PTH540  Fundamentals of Neurological Rehabilitation                 3 credits

Term IV = 16 credits

Term V
PTH516  Psychosocial Issues in Healthcare                                    3 credits
PTH608  Clinical Education Experience I                                     4 credits
PTH635  Advanced Orthopedic Interventions                             2 credits -*elective

Term V = 7 credits + electives
*two - 2 credit electives must be taken during the didactic curriculum (Terms V, VI and/or VII)

Term VI
PTH514  Health Practice Management                                    3 credits
PTH543  Neurological Clinical Management                          5 credits
PTH544  Integumentary System                                              2 credits
PTH599  Independent Study                                                     1- 2 credits *elective
PTH615  D.P.T. Student Clinic                                                 2 credits *elective
PTH623  Management of Patients with Multisystem Involvement I     3 credits
PTH627  PYII Integrated Clinical Education Experience – Extended  2 credits -*elective
PTH720  Capstone Research Project I                                                     2 credits
LS565  Spanish for Healthcare Professional                                           2 credits -*elective

Term VI = 15 credits+ electives 
*two - 2 credit electives must be taken during the didactic curriculum (Terms V, VI and/or VII)

Term VII
PTH511  Management of the Pediatric & Adolescent Patient                   5 credits 
PTH610  Professional Seminar                                                                       1 credit
PTH615  D.P.T. Student Clinic                                                                      2 credits - *elective
PTH624  Management of Patients with Multisystem Involvement II    4 credits 
PTH627  PYII Integrated Clinical Education Experience – Extended   2 credits -*elective
PTH630  Sports Injury Management & Prevention                                2 credits -*elective 
PTH646  Orthotics and Prosthetics                                                         2 credits
PTH730  Capstone Research Project II                                                  2 credits

Term VII = 14 credits (includes 2 credits required elective) + electives
*two - 2 credit electives must be taken during the didactic curriculum (Terms V, VI and/or VII)

Term VIII
PTH701  Clinical Education Experience II             5 credits

Term VIII = 5 credits

Term IX
PTH702  Clinical Education Experience III          5 credits

Term IX = 5 credits

Term X
PTH703  Clinical Education Experience IV       5 credits

Term X = 5 credits

Total credits = 118 (includes 4 credits required electives) plus other electives as desired. Students are required to take at least four credits of elective courses in order to graduate with the necessary 118 credits or more.
 

Curriculum Plan-Arizona

Professional Year 1 – Class of 2025

Term 1: Fall 2023

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

PTH523A

Anatomy

5

PTH504

Physiology of Health &
Disease

4

PTH528A

Kinesiology

5

PTH546

Physical Agents

1

PTH550

EBP - Critical Inquiry

1

Credits  16

 

Term 2: Spring 2023-24

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

PTH508A

Neuroanatomy

4

PTH512

Motor Control ACR Lifespan

3

PTH620

Imaging

2

PTH531/2

Intro to PT Exam

3

PTH545

Intro to Therapeutic Exercise

3

PTH506A

Intro to Professional Develop &
Patient Education

1

Credits 16   

 

Term 3: Spring 2024

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

PTH537

MSK I - UE

4

PTH540A

Neuro Clinical Management I

4

PTH529

Health Promotion and
Wellness

2

PTH550

EBP - Research I

2

PTH524

Clinical Pharmacology

2

PTH606

Integrated Clin Exp I (FPU Clin Yr1)

1

Credits 15   

 

Term 4: Summer 2024

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

PTH538

MSK II - LE

4

PTH534

CV & Pulm PT I

4

PTH543A

Neuro Clinical Management II

4

PTH544

Integumentary System

2

PTH607

Integrated Clin Exp II (FPU
Clin Yr1)

1

PTH560

EBP – Research II

1

Credits 16

 

Professional Year 2 – Class of 2024

Term 5: Fall 2024

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

PTH538A

MSK III Spine

4

PTH511A

Manage of Ped/Adol Pt

4

PTH623

CV & Pulm PT II

4

PTH646

Orthotics and Prosthetics

2

PTH616

Integrated Clin Exp III (FPU
Clin Yr2)

1

PTH560

EBP – Research II

1

Credits 16

 

Term 6: Winter 2024-25

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

PTH624

Manage of Pt with Multi
System Impairment

3

PTH635A

Advanced Interventions

3

PTH516

Psychosocial Issues in Health Care

2

PTH650

EBP – Research III

1

PTH 610

Professional Seminar /
Licensure Exam Prep

2

PTH 514

Health Care Management

3

PTH617

Integrated Clin Exp IV (FPU Clin Yr2)

1

Credits 15


Term 6 = 15 credits

Term 7 and 8: Spring / Summer 2025

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

PTH701

Clinical Internship (10 wks)

5

PTH702

Clinical Internship (10 wks)

5

PTH703

Clinical Internship (10 wks)

5

Credits 15

 

Professional Year 1 Class of 2024

Term 1: Fall 2022

PTH504                  Physiology of Health and Disease                                                            3 credits
PTH506A              Introduction to Professional Development & Patient Education          1 credit
PTH523A              Anatomy                                                                                                        5 credits
PTH528A             Kinesiology                                                                                                     5 credits
PTH531                 Foundations of Physical Therapy Practice I                                              2 credits
PTH 606              Integrated Clinical Education Experience Year 1                                       0 credits

                                                                                                                                                        Term 1 = 16 credits

Term 2: Winter 2022-23

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

PTH607

Integrated Clinical Education Experience- Year 1

1 credit

PTH532

Foundations of Physical Therapy Practice II

2 credits

PTH537

Musculoskeletal System I – Upper Extremity

4 credits

PTH544

Integumentary System

2 credits

PTH545

Therapeutic Exercise & Soft Tissue Mobilization

3 credits

PTH546

Physical Agents

1 credit

PTH550

EBP- Research I*

2 credits

Term 2 = 15 credits

 

Term 3: Spring 2023

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

PTH508A

Neuroanatomy

4 credits

PTH606

Integrated Clinical Education Experience- Year 1

0 credit

PTH524

Clinical Pharmacology

3 credits

PTH529

Health Promotion & Wellness I

2 credits

PTH534

Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy

3 credits

PTH538

Musculoskeletal System II – Lower Extremity

4 credits

Term 3 = 15 credits

 

Term 4: Summer 2023

Course Number

Course Name

Credits

PTH512

Motor Control ACR Life Span

4 credits

PTH516

Psychosocial Issues in HC*

3 credits

PTH607

Integrated Clinical Education Experience- Year 1

1 credit

PTH539A

Musculoskeletal System III – Spine

4 credits

PTH560

EBP- Research II*

2 credits

PTH620

Imaging & Diagnostics*

2 credits

Term 4 = 16 credits

 

Professional Year 2 Class of 2024

 

Term 5: Fall 2023

PTH514       Health Care Management*                                                       3 credits
PTH616     Integrated Clinical Education Experience Year1                       0 credit
PTH543A   Neurological Clinical Management                                         6 credits
PTH623      Management of Patients w/ Multisystem Involvement I      3 credits
PTH646      Orthotics and Prosthetics                                                        2 credits
PTH650      EBP- Research II*                                                                     2 credits

                                                                                                                          Term 5 = 16 credits

Term 6: Winter 2023-24

PTH511A   Management of the Pediatric & Adolescent Patient             4 credits
PTH617     Integrated Clinical Education Experience- Year 2                  1 credit
PTH610     Professional Seminar I                                                                1 credit
PTH624    Management of Patients with Multisystem Involvement II  4 credits
PTH635A  Advanced Orthopedic Interventions                                       4 credits
PTH690   Comprehensive Exam P/F                                                         1 credit

                                                                                                                         Term 6 = 15 credits

Term 7 and 8: March to October 2024

PTH695

License Exam Prep*

1 credit

PTH701A

Clinical Education Experience I

5 credits

PTH702A

Clinical Education Experience II

5 credits

PTH703A

Clinical Education Experience III

5 credits

 

 

Term 7 & 8 = 16 credits

 

*Online Courses

Total credits: 110 semester credits (2 years + 6 weeks). The sequence of courses offered within the curriculum may be subject to change. Total Contact hours (online and Lab) = 2655