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Curriculum

Physical Therapy course descriptions are available via the Online University Catalog . The entire CSU Long Beach official catalog is available on-line as PDF (Portable Document Format) files. This is an exact copy of the catalog that can be purchased through the University Bookstore and is the official advising document for CSU Long Beach.

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The DPT Curriculum is a 3 year (9 semester, including summer) program that is 116 units total. Successful completion of all courses, clinical experiences, and doctoral project prepares graduates to take the licensing examination to be a practicing physical therapist.

Year 1

Summer Year 1
Course # Course Units
DPT 701a Anatomy I 2
DPT 704 Tissue Mechanics 2
DPT 720 Professional Interactions 3
DPT 701b Anatomy II 2
DPT 703 Neuroanatomy 3
Fall Year 1
DPT 701c Anatomy III 2
DPT 705 Biomechanics 3
DPT 706 Physiology 6
DPT 707 Lifespan 2
DPT 708 Motor Control and Learning 2
DPT 721 Professional Practice Issues 2
Spring Year 1
DPT 709 Exercise Science 3
DPT 710 Pathology 3
DPT 731 Acute Care Principles 2
DPT 732 Musculoskeletal Examination 3
DPT 735 Gait 2
DPT 740 Neurologic Examination 2

Year 2

Summer Year 2
DPT 750 Imaging 2
DPT 765 Integumentary Management 2
DPT 796 Research Methods 2
DPT 780a Orthopedic Practice 1
DPT 722 Critical Thinking 1
DPT 781 Clinical Experience I (6 week) 3
Fall Year 2
DPT 733 Musculoskeletal Interventions 4
DPT 741 Neurologic Interventions (UMN) 3
DPT 743 ENMG I: Peripheral 2
DPT 751 Pharmacology 2
DPT 760 Cardiopulmonary Management 3
DPT 797 Doctoral Project 1
DPT 782 Neurologic Practice I 1
Spring Year 2
DPT 734 Musculoskeletal Advanced 3
DPT 736 Prosthetics and Orthotics 2
DPT 744 ENMG II: Central 2
DPT 745 Pediatric Management 3
DPT 767 Geriatric Management 2
DPT 770 Health Care Delivery I 2
DPT 797 Doctoral Project 2
DPT 783 Neurologic Practice II 1

 

Year 3

Summer Year 3
DPT 784 Clinical Experience II (6 week) 3
DPT 742 Neurologic Interventions II (SC/LMN) 1
DPT 752 Differential Diagnosis 2
DPT 771 Health Care Delivery II 2
Fall Year 3: First 10 weeks
DPT 746 Neurologic Advanced 1
DPT 737 Sports Physical Therapy 2
DPT 768 Pathophysiuology 3
DPT 797 Doctoral Project 1
DPT 780b Orthopedic Practice 1
Fall Year 3 Last 5 weeks/Winter Year 3
DPT 785 Clinical Internship (12 Week) 6
Spring Year 3
DPT 786 Clinical Internship (12 week) 6