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Become a Sought After Physical Therapist Professional

Our Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program provides a cutting-edge, evidence-based education taught by our nationally recognized faculty. If you want a rewarding career as a physical therapist we’ll teach you the most current clinical techniques available, in an environment that helps students use their gifts and talents to contribute to a more just world.
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Doctor of Physical Therapy

Degree Overview

Regis University's Doctor of Physical Therapy program is about more than working with weak or injured muscles and improving motion and mobility. It is about treating the whole person. The Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum focuses on a cutting-edge, evidence-based model, taught by our nationally recognized faculty who present up-to-date clinical techniques to their students.

In addition to up-to-date knowledge of current practice issues in class, you will complete a total of 38 weeks of clinical experience, which is integrated throughout the curriculum. The School of Physical Therapy is affiliated with clinical facilities located throughout the United States, and some abroad. New clinical sites are continually being added for new and varied experiences. You will be prepared to be an autonomous general practitioner equipped with the necessary tools to practice physical therapy in the 21st century.

Applicants to the entry-level DPT must have a previous baccalaureate degree in any field of study other than physical therapy, as well as specific prerequisite courses. Prospective students are eligible to apply prior to completion of degree and prerequisite course work as long as the requirements will be met by the start of the program.

Regis University’s Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions offers you an outstanding education at a university known for its academic excellence and commitment to service learning. Your leadership, professional, and clinical skills will be our priority. All this in a setting that allows you to enjoy the cultural aspects of a big city and the abundant outdoor adventure that Colorado has to offer. Become a leader in physical therapy at Regis University!

Degree: Graduates are awarded a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree and are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE).

Format:  Full-time program consisting of 110 semester hours of study, completed over 8 consecutive semesters (including summers) which incorporates 38 weeks of full time clinical exposure.  Course work is completed on our campus in Denver, Colorado.  Clinicals are completed across the United States in urban and rural areas, and a limited number of international clinical opportunities. Students are required to participate in a minimum of one rural experience and one out-of-state experience to facilitate an appreciation of various practice settings.

Class Size: A new class of approximately 80 students starts each Fall semester.

Clinical Education

Knowledge in Practice

To enter the field of physical therapy with a competitive edge, graduates need to be confident, autonomous practitioners. At Regis University, in addition to your outstanding education in the classroom, you will also participate in 38 weeks of clinical experience. You will complete an initial 6 week clinical rotation in the second year of the program, followed by an 8 week experience; and, you will end the program by completing two consecutive 12 week clinical rotations. The clinical component of the program takes place off campus in quality clinical settings across the country in three different concentration areas: musculoskeletal, neuromuscular and complex systems. To enhance your learning experience, students must complete one clinical session outside of Colorado, and one experience in a rural setting.

What makes Regis University’s clinical experience unique? We utilize our Clinical Educator Scholar Program, and our network of Transition DPT and Manual Therapy Fellowship Alumni. This program allows us to foster a close relationship with our clinical faculty to provide learning experiences for you that are aligned with our curriculum and mission.

Another unique aspect of our program may allow you the opportunity to complete alternate clinical experiences in specialized areas of practice, including a select number of international opportunities. Examples of alternative experiences include women’s health, APTA’s Political Action Committee, orthotics, hippotherapy and more. Selections vary each year but every effort is made to work with you to find specialized areas of practice to meet your interests. Our international opportunities have included trips to the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Ethiopia. Alternative experience availability varies year to year and is not guaranteed, but many students are able to take advantage of these exciting and often life changing opportunities. In most cases, the alternate experience is a 2 to 4 week session that replaces a portion of the 12 week session at the end of the program.

Selection for clinical rotations occurs approximately six months prior to each clinical. You will be provided a list of available sites and have access to detailed information regarding the site, including past student feedback. Final clinical assignments are determined by a computerized selection process based on your ranking and the internal ranking of sites.

During clinical rotations you will also participate in online coursework and discussions with academic faculty to enhance your hands-on experience. This allows you to stay closely connected to your faculty; and, in collaboration with the clinical instructor on-site, helps integrate knowledge gained from your courses and refine your skills in examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention, outcomes, and communication with diverse populations.

The clinical education component of the Regis University DPT program is recognized nationally for its contemporary and innovative approach to hands-on education, from the first ever Clinical Education Scholar program, to the continued online course contact with University faculty while on clinical. These experiences all add up to allow you to hit the ground running after graduation!

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of this degree at Regis University. Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list below and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates.

This degree program requires 110.00 credit hours for completion. Please contact your advisor or the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

Doctor of Physical Therapy Year I

DPT 701 - Human Anatomy and Histology

Examines normal gross anatomy and histology across the lifespan. Explores relationships of the musculoskeletal, nervous, integumentary, and cardiopulmonary systems at the cellular, tissue, organ, and system level. Neuromusculoskeletal embryology is included. NOTE: Laboratory includes cadaver dissection.

DPT 703 - Biomechanics & Kinesiology- Extremities

Investigates the structure and function of tissues during movement. Explores kinematic, kinetic and muscle function relationships of extremity single and multi-axis joints. Laboratory includes principles and methods of evaluation for muscle and joint function for extremities.

DPT 704 - Neuroscience

Studies the structure/function of the nervous system across the lifespan. Includes cellular, systemic, and clinical pathology discussions of peripheral and central neural components. Examines sensations, perceptions, cognition, and muscle control as well as introduces pathology and basic examinations of these systems. NOTE: Laboratory included.

Pre-requisite: DPT*701 DPT*708

DPT 705 - Biomech & Kinesiology-Spine

Investigates structure and function of tissues during movement. Explores kinematic, kinetic and muscle function relationships of axial single and multi-axis joints. Laboratory includes principles and methods of evaluation for TMJ/Spine muscle and joint function.

Pre-requisite: DPT*701 AND DPT*703

DPT 706 - Movement Science

Investigates the theoretical principles of motor learning and motor control. Analysis of the motor behavior approach to movement science and clinical intervention is discussed. NOTE: Laboratory included.

DPT 707 - Kinesiology II

Analyzes neural recruitment of muscle, kinematic and kinetic characteristics of multi-joint movement patterns in the extremities across the lifespan. Balance, upper extremity function, transitional movement, and gait are addressed. NOTE: Laboratory included.

Pre-requisite: DPT*705 DPT*706 DPT*730

DPT 708 - Mgmt Apps of Physiology: MAP I

Studies physiologic principles necessary for physical activity, physiologic changes and adaptations that occur with exercise and the associated effects of physical activity on health and wellness across the lifespan. Addresses measurement of fitness and development of training programs to improve physical fitness. NOTE: Laboratory included.

DPT 710A - Pharmacology

Investigates pharmacokinetic and pharmacotherapeutic principles in light of clinical application, therapeutic and adverse effects, and drug interactions. Emphasizes knowledge of the relationship between medications and physical therapy interventions to improve patient/client outcomes.

DPT 714 - Psychosocial Aspects of Health Care

Explores responses to illness and disability as influenced by psychological, psychiatric, social, cultural, ethnic and lifespan factors. Examines psychological behavior models including adherence, prevention, and behavioral modification. Incorporates above principles into physical therapy management.

Pre-requisite: DPT*730 DPT*732

DPT 719 - Exercise Foundations

Investigates principles of therapeutic exercise in relationship to clinical interventions. Integrates individual exercise prescription for optimal health across the lifespan. Focuses on basic principles for identification, intervention, modification and progression of therapeutic exercises. Laboratory included.

Pre-requisite: TAKE DPT*708 DPT*730 DPT*732;

DPT 730 - Physical Therapy Examination

Introduces physical therapy examination, evaluation, and diagnosis within a clinical decision making framework referencing the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice. NOTE: Laboratory included.

Pre-requisite: DPT*701 DPT*703 DPT*708

DPT 732 - Mgmt Apps/Physiology: MAP II

Studies physiology and pathophysiology of the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems across the lifespan. Incorporates physiologic principles in the physical therapy management of patients with cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions. NOTE: Laboratory included.

Pre-requisite: TAKE DPT*701 DPT*708;

DPT 733 - Musculoskeletal Management I

Initiates the examination, evaluation and intervention strategies for patients/clients with musculoskeletal problems of the lower extremities. Discusses interventions such as orthotics and bracing, therapeutic exercise, manual therapy, physical agents and electrotherapeutic modalities selected for a wide variety of conditions of the spine and peripheral joints. NOTE: Laboratory included.

Pre-requisite: TAKE DPT*703 DPT*710 DPT*730 DPT*732;

DPT 770 - Professional Issues/Case Management I

Begins a six course series. Introduces mission and philosophy, curriculum model, and service learning. Explores student values, principles of teaching, learning and aspects of professionalism. NOTE: Laboratory and service learning included.

DPT 771 - Professional Issues/Case Management II

Introduces health care delivery systems, regulation of and legal requirements for clinical practice and documentation and the role of the physical therapist and physical therapist assistant. Uses evidences from the literature and other available sources to discuss clinical situations in small group tutorials with faculty facilitation. These tutorials use problem-based learning concepts. Expands application of communication and teaching/learning theory. NOTE: Laboratory and service learning included.

Pre-requisite: TAKE DPT*704 DPT*710 DPT*730 DPT*732 DPT*770;

DPT 776 - Critical Inquiry

Explores research methodologies used in health care research. Examines descriptive and inferential statistics and evidence-based practice principles. Addresses literature searches and evidenced based analysis research reports with a focus on treatment effectiveness studies.

DPT 790 - Evidence Based Practice I

Introduces clinical research and analysis of practice projects. Reviews ethical constraints and obligations of research. Introduces survey research methods and seeking research funding. Addresses critical analysis of research reports, with a focus on diagnostic literature.

Pre-requisite: DPT*776

Doctor of Physical Therapy Year II

DPT 710B - Pharmacology

Investigates pharmacokinetic and pharmacotherapeutic principles in light of clinical application, therapeutic and adverse effects, and drug interactions. Emphasizes knowledge of the relationship between medications and physical therapy interventions to improve patient/client outcomes.

Pre-requisite: TAKE DPT*710A;

DPT 712 - Diagnostic Imaging and Procedures

Introduces the foundations and principles of diagnostic imaging and procedures used in clinical management to include radiographic imaging, MRI and electrophysiologic studies. Rationales and guidelines for examination selection are discussed. Performs nerve conduction and needle EMG studies. Examines basic interpretation of diagnostic imaging as well as interpretation of EMG and nerve conduction studies. NOTE: Laboratory included.

Pre-requisite: DPT*704

DPT 715 - Health Care Policy

Explores major forms of health care delivery and how they interact with physical therapy services. Investigates practice settings, organizational structures, reimbursement mechanisms, and the impact of managed care from a fiscal, quality, and legal perspective.

Pre-requisite: TAKE HCE*709;

DPT 731 - Differential Diagnosis

Advances differential diagnosis skills with emphasis on patients/clients with complex presentations. Explores the clinical decision making role of a primary care practitioner by performing a thorough systems review to differentiate dysfunction within the scope of P.T. practice from those that indicate referral to other practitioners. NOTE: Laboratory included.

Pre-requisite: DPT*735 DPT*737 DPT*738

DPT 734 - Musculoskeletal Management II

Studies advanced principles of prevention, examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention, and outcomes as they relate to patients with musculoskeletal dysfunction of the lumbar, pelvic, and lower extremity across the lifespan. NOTE: Laboratory included.

Pre-requisite: TAKE DPT*733;

DPT 735 - Musculoskeletal Management III

Studies advanced principles of prevention, examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention, and outcomes as they relate to musculoskeletal dysfunction of the upper extremity, cervical, TMJ, and thoracic spine across the lifespan. NOTE: Laboratory include.

Pre-requisite: TAKE DPT*734;

DPT 736 - Neurological Management I

Studies the intervention for individuals with neurological dysfunction based upon neurophysiological and pathokinesiological mechanisms resulting in pathology, impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities. Emphasizes application and integration of theoretical constructs, evidence-based practice, examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention, and measurement of outcomes. NOTE: Laboratory included.

Pre-requisite: TAKE DPT*704 DPT*706 DPT*707 DPT*710 DPT*730 DPT*732;

DPT 737 - Neurological Management II

Continues the study of interventions for individuals across a lifespan with neurological dysfunction based upon neurophysiological and pathokinesiological mechanisms resulting in pathology, impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities. Emphasizes evidence-based clinical decision making for examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention, and measurement of outcomes. NOTE: Laboratory included.

Pre-requisite: TAKE DPT*736 DPT*750;

DPT 738 - Mgmt Apps of Physiology: Map III

Studies physiology and pathophysiology of the gastrointestinal, renal, endocrine, immune and integumentary systems across the lifespan. Incorporates identification of signs and symptoms associated with disease. Discusses management of patients with conditions, affecting these systems or a combination of systems. NOTE: Laboratory included.

Pre-requisite: DPT*707 DPT*712 DPT*732 DPT*750

DPT 739 - Exercise Applications

Integrates individual exercise interventions for optimal health across the lifespan. Focuses on the identification, intervention, and progression of therapeutic exercises for patients in various phases of rehabilitation. Laboratory included.

Pre-requisite: DPT*735 DPT*737 DPT*738

DPT 750 - Clinical Education I

Focuses on examination, evaluation, and intervention techniques in a clinical setting. Utilizes written and oral interpersonal communication skills with patients/clients, family, and other staff. Emphasizes professional socialization, self-assessment, and critical thinking.

Pre-requisite: TAKE DPT*712 DPT*732 DPT*734 DPT*736;

DPT 751 - Clinical Education II

Emphasizes application of comprehensive prevention, examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention, and outcome strategies for clients with cardiopulmonary, musculoskeletal, and/or neuromuscular problems in a clinical setting. Requires refinement of interpersonal communication skills, role delineation, and professional behaviors.

Pre-requisite: TAKE DPT*735 DPT*737 DPT*738 DPT*750 DPT*773;

DPT 772 - Prof Issues/Case & Practice Mgt III

Expands concepts of problem-based learning using patient scenarios. Discusses diversity, scope of practice, and professionalism in the clinical settings, as well as difference in management and leadership roles, payment processes and financial implications for providing services.

Pre-requisite: DPT*771

DPT 773 - Professional Issues/Case Managment IV

Continues problem-based learning using patient scenarios to expand the application of communication and teaching/learning theory and the role of a doctoring profession. Jesuit mission, evaluating strategies for competency-based education, conflict resolution and clinical negotiation skills are integrated into the tutorials. NOTE: Laboratory and service learning included.

Pre-requisite: DPT*772

DPT 774 - Professional Issues/Case Management V

Addresses patient issues related to musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and complex case management. Resume and interview skills are discussed. Reflection, during case presentations, on the opportunity to be change-agents in the PT profession for the DPT and the use of EBP will be performed. NOTE: Laboratory and services learning included.

Pre-requisite: DPT*773

DPT 791 - Evidence Based Practice II

Examines data and performs statistical analysis. Analysis of Practice groups present results in publishable format. Clinical Research groups collect data, submit Introduction/Methods in publication format, and outlines anticipated Results/Table/Figures. Critically analyze the prognostic literature.

Pre-requisite: DPT*750 DPT*790

HCE 709A - Hlth Care Ethics for Physcal Therapists

Examines ethical and moral reasoning processes in health care. Philosophical and faith-based foundations, including Catholic moral tradition, socio-cultural influences, professional codes, organizational and personal ethical norms are explored. Ethical issues are examined with emphasis on leadership and the practice of physical therapy. Students will analyze ethical dilemmas and evaluate ethical practice using ethical theory, moral argument, and case studies.

HCE 709B - Hlth Care Ethics for Physical Therapists

Examines ethical and moral reasoning processes in health care. Philosophical and faith-based foundations, including Catholic moral tradition, socio-cultural influences, professional codes, organizational and personal ethical norms are explored. Ethical issues are examined with emphasis on leadership and the practice of physical therapy. Students will analyze ethical dilemmas and evaluate ethical practice using ethical theory, moral argument, and case studies.

Pre-requisite: TAKE HCE*709A;

Doctor of Physical Therapy Year III

DPT 716 - Business Management

Introduces principles of strategic planning, market analysis, personnel, fiscal, and total quality management through development of a business plan. Applies legal boundaries and ethical guidelines related to service provision issues.

DPT 752 - Clinical Education III

Focuses on the integration and application of all previous course and clinical work in relationship to the development, enhancement, and restoration of movement function, the prevention of movement dysfunction, and non-patient care opportunities. NOTE: DPT 752 and DPT 753 are a 24-week combined clinical experience. Length and timing of clinical placements at any one facility may vary.

Pre-requisite: DPT*751

DPT 753 - Clinical Education IV

Continues the focus of DPT 752. In addition to the refinement of critical thinking and clinical decision making, emphasizes the autonomous practice and professional socialization in the clinical setting. Non-patient care opportunities will also be included. NOTE: DPT 752 and DPT 753 are a 24-week combined clinical experience. Time may be divided into a number of clinical placements of varied lengths and practice settings.

Pre-requisite: DPT*752

DPT 775 - Professional Issues/Case Management VI

Continues problem-based learning using patient scenarios to further develop evidence-based clinical decision making skills. Methods to refine communication skills are explored. Note: Laboratory and service learning are required.

Pre-requisite: DPT*774

DPT 780E-W - Topics in Physical Therapy I

Advances study in topics of interest related to physical therapy practice.

Pre-requisite: DPT*735 DPT*737 DPT*738 DPT*751

DPT 781E-W - Topics in Physical Therapy II

Advances study in topics of interest related to physical therapy practice.

Pre-requisite: DPT*735 DPT*737 DPT*738 DPT*751

DPT 792 - Evidence Based Practice III

Analysis of Practice groups examines data to date, present results in a publishable format. Clinical Research groups write Results, Discussion, Conclusion sections in publication format. Submission of abstracts, perform critical analysis of systematic reviews/meta-analysis.

Pre-requisite: DPT*751 DPT*791

DPT 793 - Evidence Based Practice IV

Analysis of Practice groups continues to acquire data during clinical rotations, submit final written manuscripts, performs poster/platform presentation. Clinical research groups submit final manuscripts; performs final platform/poster presentations.

Pre-requisite: DPT*752 DPT*792

DPT 796 - Capstone

Focuses on the culmination of the students clinical and professional development based on the portfolio presentation. Clinical education reflections and curricular review are also included in the capstone.

Pre-requisite: TAKE DPT*716 DPT*735 DPT*737 DPT*738 DPT*739 DPT*775 DPT*799 HCE*709;

DPT 799 - Comprehensive Exam

Administered following the completion of all academic requirements of the curriculum with the exception of completing clinical case reports, other clinical education requirements and capstone course. Serves as the component of the capstone experience that measures success of curricular outcomes and prepares the student for the licensure examination. Pass/No Pass grading only.

Accreditation

Regis University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.
Commission URL: http://www.ncahlc.org/
Commission Phone: 312.263.0456

The Physical Therapist Education program at Regis University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703.706.3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.

School of Physical Therapy Faculty

Regis University's School of Physical Therapy faculty represent a blend of expert clinicians and doctorally-prepared experts.

Passion for Teaching: Our faculty believe that excellence in teaching is one of the most important attributes of a faculty member and continually pursue growth, development, and expertise in teaching, considering different student learning styles, new and innovative teaching technology and curriculum design. 100% of our faculty are doctorally prepared.

Clinical Excellence: All faculty with degrees in physical therapy continue to practice in clinical environments, maintaining contemporary clinical expertise to facilitate classroom teaching. Some practice in off campus sites, some own and operate private practices, and others practice in our innovative on-campus clinic know as RegisCARES. 100% of our PT faculty still practice physical therapy.

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Fall 2014-Summer 2015

Tuition (per semester hour) $795
Other Fees
Health Insurance* (waived with proof of other insurance)
   Fall Rate (August 22, 2014-December, 31 2014)
   Spring/Summer Rate (January 1, 2015-August 21, 2015)

$1,102
$1,102
Lab Fee (per year, assessed in years 1 & 2) $400
Background Check and Drug Screen (initial screen upon admission) 
*Clinical site requirements may require additional screening, cost varies by student. This is an external agency fee.
$115
Graduation Application Fee $50

The majority of student in the program are paying for tuition and living expenses through student loans. Once admitted to the program, you will have a financial aid counselor available to work with you on securing loans. Additionally, we offer ten Dean's Scholarships, in the amount of $20,000 per scholarship, to each incoming class. All students admitted to the program are considered for the scholarships. Awards are based on academic achievement and/or diversity.

*Students who elect the University sponsored health insurance are enrolled for the entire year and cannot drop mid-year without a change of life exception. Only students who are enrolled in programs that require health insurance are eligible for the University sponsored plan.

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