The Doctorate in Physical Therapy Degree Program at Neumann University runs on a weekend format, providing the opportunity for those who need or prefer this non-traditional format. Through this curriculum for adult learners, students develop specialized competence in meeting the health care needs of clients through a wide variety of settings, research, education, consultation, and administration. The program is designed to be completed in three years, from start to finish.
The conceptual basis for the curriculum is the body systems model with the inclusion of course content in physical therapy procedures, clinical medicine, professional topics, administration and management, human development, education and consultation, and health policy topics which expose students to broader aspects of the profession and the context for current practice. The first clinical education experience during the spring of Year Two affords the students the opportunity to practice skills learned in the didactic skills classes. In Year Three, students continue to develop skills in screening, evaluating, planning, providing intervention, and documenting care. During the second and third clinical education experiences, which occur in the final nineteen weeks of the program, students continue to improve their clinical skills in providing direct care in an increasingly broader arena by interacting with others on the rehabilitation team, family/caregivers, community services, government, and third-party payers. They learn to function as contributing members of the health care team, to act as advocates for the patient/client, and to recognize the importance of their own commitment to lifelong learning.
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For more information, please call the Office of Adult and Graduate Admissions at (610) 361-5208 or (800) 9-NEUMANN, ext. 5208, or feel free to e-mail us at GradAdultAdmiss@neumann.edu