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Welcome! Our entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program offers academically-talented students an opportunity to join a profession that contributes in countless ways to movement and health.
We are proud of the quality of our faculty and students. We have well-credentialed faculty--many hold doctorates and/or advanced specializations. Many of our courses are team-taught by faculty in a case-based approach that helps students keep clinical practice in mind. Practice labs typically have 2 or 3 full-time faculty supervising and instructing students. In addition, the faculty work hard to meet each student’s individual needs. Students work well together, learning to make clinical decisions and to be part of an exciting profession.
We are interested in attracting students who are self-motivated learners, willing to be active participants in the teaching-learning process. We also welcome other physical therapists to collaborate with us on clinical research or education. The coming years will be some of our best. Join us!
The Physical Therapy Department at Youngstown State University will provide the entry-level doctorate in physical therapy degree (DPT), selected doctoral programs and opportunities for professional development. We will be recognized locally and statewide as a high quality program that prepares students to be autonomous professionals, leaders, good citizens and potential scholars. We will be recognized for excellent academic preparation of students, utilizing an integrated case-based approach to learning, and for outstanding community service and research.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is a professional program for the preparation of physical therapists. The program is an entry-level, postbaccalaureate program consistent with the accreditation requirements of the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Admitted on a competitive basis, students enter the three-year program of professional coursework and clinical education affiliations.
Admission to the Physical Therapy program is competitive. Meeting eligibility standards does not guarantee admission. Admissions are selective. The admission deadline will be posted on the Department of Physical Therapy website .
Students should apply to the physical therapy program if the following eligibility requirements are met:
- A minimum overall GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 grading scale.
- A 3.0 GPA in prerequisite courses. A minimum of 6 courses completed prior to applying. All prerequisite courses must be completed with "C" or better. See the Department of Physical Therapy website for specific prerequisite requirements.
- Completion of a bachelor’s degree, and all prerequisite courses, prior to starting the program.
- A recommended GRE score of at least 295 on Part I and 4.0 on Part II.
- Documentation of 40 observation hours (paid or volunteer) under the direct supervision of a physical therapist(s) in a physical therapy setting. Two sites are recommended.
- References: 3 total, a combination of physical therapists and faculty.
In certain circumstances, Youngstown State University students may be provisionally accepted into the D.P.T. program as undergraduates during the summer semester of their senior year. They are not, however, admitted as graduate students until their application for graduate program admission has been accepted and approved and they are admitted to the College of Graduate Studies. Under no circumstances will this admission take place prior to their receipt of the bachelor’s degree.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Youngstown State 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: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.
Current accreditation was granted in 2014 for 10 years. The next accreditation visit will be in 2024.
National Physical Therapy Examination pass rates for the last 3 years is 100%.
James A. Benedict, M.Ed., Instructor
Healthcare policy; CVA interventions and outcomes; SCI interventions
Cara A. Carramusa, M.S., Instructor
Geriatrics/older adults; wellness; falls/fall prevention and outcomes; clinical education
Weiqing Ge, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Spinal characteristics; muscle stiffness; responses of paraspinal muscle spindles to forces in animal models
David William Griswold, D.P.T., Assistant Professor
Vestibular rehabilitation; neurophysiological effects of manual therapy
Nancy Crum Landgraff, Ph.D., Professor
Functional deficits in carotid artery disease; stroke outcomes; rehabilitation interventions in acute stroke
Kenneth Learman, Ph.D., Professor
Physical therapy interventions for the spine
Cathy Bieber Parrott, M.S., Assistant Professor
Orthopedic related disability measurement; program assessment.
Jane Wetzel, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Interventions for persons with cardiopulmonary dysfunction
There are four areas of program requirements that must be satisfactorily completed to be granted the D.P.T. degree:
- professional coursework,
- professional conduct,
- clinical affiliations, and
- critical inquiry project.
Students not making satisfactory progress may be required to repeat that year of the program or be dismissed based on established standards.
There are three levels of coursework in the D.P.T. program.
|Level I: Foundation Courses (waiveable)|
|BIOL 8868||Human Gross Anatomy 1||4|
|BIOL 8869||Human Gross Anatomy 2||4|
|Level II: Core Courses|
|PHYT 8901||Clinical Decision Making 1||6|
|PHYT 8902||Functional Anatomy||3|
|PHYT 8903||Language, Culture, and Health||2|
|PHYT 8904||Integrated Clinical Education Experience||6|
|PHYT 8905||Clinical Decision Making 2||6|
|PHYT 8906||Critical Inquiry 1||3|
|PHYT 8907||Special Topics: Pediatrics||3|
|PHYT 8908||Legal and Ethical Issues in Physical Therapy||2|
|PHYT 8909||Clinical Decision Making 3||6|
|PHYT 8910||Critical Inquiry 2||2|
|PHYT 8911||Special Topics: Geriatrics||2|
|PHYT 8913||Management and Leadership in Physical Therapy||2|
|PHYT 8914||Clinical Education 2||4|
|PHYT 8916||Critical Inquiry 3||2|
|PHYT 8918||Professional Issues||2|
|PHYT 8919||Clinical Education 3||6|
|PHYT 8920||Clinical Education 4||12|
|PHYT 8923||Community Applications||3|
|PHYT 8925||Applied Neuroscience for Physical Therapists||4|
|PHYT 8926||Imaging and Lifespan Pathology for PT||2|
|PHYT 8928||Healthcare Delivery||1|
|PHYT 8929||Clinical Decision Making 3: Advanced Cases||3|
|PHYT 8930||Clinical Decision Making 4: Advanced Cases||2|
|PHYT 8932||Pharmacology for PTs||1|
|PHYT 8933||Clinical Foundation Skills 1||3|
|PHYT 8934||Clinical Foundation Skills 2||2|
|PHYT 8944||Clinical Decision Making 4-Part 1||3|
|PHYT 8945||Clinical Decision Making 4-Part 2||3|
|PHYT 8938||Special Topics in Physical Therapy (This class, Pro Bono Clinic, is taken 4 times for 1 credit each time.)||4|
|Level III: Electives|
|Students are not required to take electives to be granted the D.P.T. degree.|
|Total Semester Hours||113|
- Students will be able to formulate a differential diagnosis regarding a patient and judge if a patient is appropriate for physical therapy evaluation and treatment.
- Students will be able to effectively manage a client in any of the four physical therapy practice patterns: cardiopulmonary, neuromuscular, musculoskeletal and integumentary.
- Students will be able to provide effective patient and family education regarding the physical therapy intervention and the patient’s pathology.
- Students will demonstrate ongoing commitment to professional conduct consistent with the APTA core values.
- Students will effectively relate the scientific evidence to patient cases and physical therapy questions.
- Students will apply knowledge of laws and ethics to patient management.
- Students will generate valid responses to changes in the Healthcare environment.
- Students will demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills.