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At Belmont University’s School of Physical Therapy, you will find a learning environment that is intellectually challenging, open to collective and independent learning opportunities, and experientially broad enough to encourage collaboration with peers, clients, family members and others.

The program builds on a strong foundational knowledge of the basic sciences and encourages understanding of the theoretical concepts underlying physical therapy practice. As a student, you will develop essential skills for life-long professional practice such as critical thinking, inquiry, and ethical decision making.

The curriculum teaches that achievement and maintenance of health is best served by the healthcare practitioner who possesses a thorough understanding of how the human body is designed and functions, and who is able to communicate this information effectively to diverse populations in a variety of settings.

The curriculum for the Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Belmont University is a sequential program of study that is completed in three years. The first year is focused on strong foundational science content.  Students begin the intellectual process of bridging theory with practice during the second and third semesters. Clinical education is initiated during the spring of the second year and culminates during the final semester that stretches over the spring and summer of the third year.

The curriclum requires each student to participate in a small group research project with a professional presentation of the scientific finding or scholarly work.


Year One - Fall Semester (19 Credit Hours)

PHT 5000
Histology 3
PHT 5010 Kinesiology/Biomechanics 2
PHT 5020 Human Physiology 7
PHT 5030 Critical Inquiry I 2
PHT 5040 Therapeutic Exercise 1
PHT 5100 Human Anatomy 4

Year One - Spring Semester (19 Credit Hours)

PHT 5010 Kinesiology/Biomechanics 4
PHT 5100 Human Anatomy 3
PHT 5110 Pathophysiology  I 3
PHT 5120 Physical Therapy Foundations I 3
PHT 5130 Critical Inquiry II 3
PHT 5140 Professional and Clinical Issues 2
PHT 5150 Clinical Experience I 1

Year Two – Fall Semester (20 Credit Hours)

PHT 5200 Neuroscience 6
PHT 5210 Physical Therapy Foundations II 3
PHT 5220 Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy I 6
PHT 5230 Psycho-Socio-Cultural Implications in Human Develop. 3
PHT 5240 Critical Inquiry III 1
PHT 5250 Clinical Experience II 1

Year Two – Spring/Summer Semester (28 Credit Hours)

PHT 5300 Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy II 6
PHT 5310 Neuromuscular Physical Therapy I 6
PHT 5330 Pathophysiology II 2
PHT 5340 Health and Wellness 2
PHT 5350 Clinical Experience III 1
PHT 5360 Critical Inquiry IV 1
PHT 5370 Physical Therapy Practice I (8-week, full-time clinical) 8
PHT 5430 Health Care Systems 2

Year Three – Fall Semester (23 Credit Hours)

PHT 5320 Ethics in Health Care 3
PHT 5400
Neuromuscular Physical Therapy II 6
PHT 5410 Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy 4
PHT 5420 Pharmacotherapeutics 2
PHT 5440 Physical Therapy Management 2
PHT 5450 Sports Physical Therapy 2
PHT 5460
Critical Inquiry V 1
PHT 5470 Collaborative Teaching 1
PHT 5540
Strategic and Financial Planning in Health Care 2

Year Three – Spring/Summer Semester (24 Credit Hours)

PHT 5500 Physical Therapy Practice II   (8-week, full-time clinical) 8
PHT 5510 Physical Therapy Practice III  (8-week, full-time clinical) 8
PHT 5520 Physical Therapy Practice IV  (8-week, full-time clinical)  8


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