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 curriculum requires each student to participate in a small group research project with a professional presentation of the scientific finding or scholarly work.
Please see the catalog for the schedule of courses that are part of the curriculum.