Physical Therapy — D.P.T. (Entry Level)
Lawrence E. Chinnock
Academic coordinator of clinical education
The entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) degree is for individuals who have no previous degree in physical therapy or who have an associate degree in the field of physical therapy. The D.P.T. degree curriculum is three years in length. Individuals may enter the program with or without a bachelor's degree. Those who enter with a previous bachelor's degree will be granted the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree upon completion of the curriculum. Individuals who enter the program without a previous bachelor's degree will be granted a Bachelor of Science degree and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree upon completion of the curriculum. [Students entering the program in June 2018 will be required to have an earned bachelor's degree, in any area, from a regionally accredited institution prior to starting the program.]
Supervised experience is obtained in a variety of settings and at different times during the course of study. First-year students complete a two-week practicum assignment during the Spring Quarter. Second-year students complete a four-week assignment following Spring Quarter. The major clinical assignments are during the third year. The student will be assigned a ten-week affiliation during the Summer Quarter, an eleven-week affiliation during the Winter Quarter, and a ten-week affiliation during the Spring Quarter.
All clinical assignments will be made by the academic coordinator of clinical education or a designee. Because of the limited number of local facilities available, assignments cannot be made on the basis of the student's family/marital status or personal preference. Although the department makes an effort to accommodate the student's preference, the student agrees to accept the clinical assignments made by the department at any of the affiliated facilities, whether local or out of state. Students should expect that at least one rotation will be beyond commuting distance from Loma Linda University. Many clinical sites will require the student to have a current flu vaccine if the rotation is during the "flu season." Students need to be aware of this potential requirement before enrolling in the D.P.T. degree program.
Student learning outcomes
Upon completion of the degree, graduates should be qualified to demonstrate:
- Entry-level knowledge and clinical skills appropriate for safe and effective physical therapy practice.
- Multicultural competence, i.e., compassion and respect during interactions with individuals from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
- Clinical reasoning evidenced by the ability to think critically and integrate evidence-based practice into their clinical decision-making skill set.
- Awareness and application of the ethical and legal parameters surrounding the profession of physical therapy.
- Understanding of evidence-based clinical care utilizing collaborative relationships among the patient, physical therapist, and other health-care practitioners.
- Effective verbal and nonverbal communication with instructors, classmates, and clinical personnel as needed to work effectively as a member of a health-care team.
The entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Loma Linda 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: email@example.com; website: <http://www.capteonline.org>.
Admission is based on a selective process. Criteria used include: G.P.A., completion of subject requirements, interview, and recommendations. In addition to Loma Linda University and School of Allied Health Professions admissions requirements, the applicant must also complete the following requirements:
- a minimum G.P.A. of 3.4.
- a minimum of 138 quarter units (92 semester units) at a regionally accredited college or university. The minimum subject admission requirements are listed below. Note: Grades of C- and below are not transferable for credit. Individuals who already have an earned bachelor's degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution need to complete only the prerequisites denoted with two asterisks (**).
Work/observation experience—A minimum of 80 hours of work /observation experience is required prior to beginning the degree. Of the 80 hours, a minimum of 20 hours must be in an inpatient physical therapy setting and a minimum of 20 hours must be in an outpatient physical therapy setting.
Domain 1: Religion and Humanities (24 quarter/16 semester units, minimum)
Humanities (12 quarter/8 semester units minimum)
Credits in humanities must be selected from at least three of the following content areas, and one course must be at the upper division level.
Performing/Visual arts (not to exceed 4 quarter units)
An applicant who has attended a Seventh-day Adventist college or university is required to have taken 4 quarter units of religion from an Adventist institution for each full year of attendance at an Adventist college or university. Up to 12 quarter units may apply towards the 24 units required in Domain 1. If the applicant has not attended an Adventist institution, no religion units are required. In either case, however, the applicant must have completed 24 quarter/16 semester units in Domain 1: Humanities and Religion.
Domain 2: Scientific Inquiry and Analysis
** Human anatomy and physiology, complete sequence with laboratory
** General chemistry, complete sequence with laboratory
** General physics, complete sequence with laboratory
** Two additional biological science courses (e.g. cell biology, microbiology, upper division anatomy and/or physiology)
** Medical terminology
Social Sciences (12 quarter/8 semester units, minimum)
The study of social sciences must include at least one upper division course:
** General psychology
** Human growth and development
Domain 3: Communication (9 quarter/6 semester units, minimum)
English composition, complete sequence (must meet transfer requirements to four-year college or university)
** One course in basic communication skills (speech)
Domain 4: Health and Wellness (3 quarter/2 semester units, minimum)
Physical education (two physical activity courses)
Personal health education or nutrition course
Domain 5: Electives
To meet total requirements of 138 quarter/92 semester units
Students must have a minimum of 18 quarter/12 semester units of upper division course work.
No more than 105 quarter/70 semester units may be transferred from a community college.
Individuals who already have an earned bachelor's degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution need to complete only the prerequisites denoted with two asterisks (**).
Students are required to have a lap top computer or an iPad that can be brought to class with them as the majority of quizzes and test are completed on the device. A $60 technology fee is charged in years one and two.
Prerequisite changes for individuals entering the program in June 2018:
All applicants must have an earned bachelor's degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution prior to enrolling in the program. In addition to having a bachelor's degree, the prerequisites for all applicants will be:
Human anatomy and physiology with laboratory (complete sequence)
General chemistry with laboratory (complete sequence)
General physics with laboratory (complete sequence)
Two additional biological science courses (e.g. cell biology, microbiology, upper division anatomy and/or physiology)
Human growth and development
One course in oral communication skills
A minimum of 80 hours of work /observation experience is required prior to beginning the degree. Of the 80 hours, a minimum of 20 hours must be in an inpatient physical therapy setting and a minimum of 20 hours must be in an outpatient physical therapy setting.
|AHCJ 510||Human Gross Anatomy||9|
|PHTH 514||Manual Muscle Testing||3|
|RELR 709||Christian Perspectives on Death and Dying||2|
|AHCJ 561||Neuroscience I: Neuroanatomy||4|
|AHCJ 705||Infectious Disease and the Health Care Provider||1|
|AHCJ 721||Wholeness Portfolio I||0|
|PHTH 509||Physical Therapy Modalities||3|
|PHTH 513||Therapeutic Procedures||3|
|PHTH 563||Scientific Inquiry I||2|
|RELT 718||Adventist Heritage and Health||2|
|AHCJ 542||Pathology I||4|
|AHCJ 562||Neuroscience II: Neurophysiology||3|
|AHCJ 721||Wholeness Portfolio I||0|
|PHTH 527||Scientific Foundations for Therapeutic Exercise||2|
|PHTH 528||Therapeutic Exercise I||2|
|PHTH 557||Life Span Studies I: Infant through Adolescent||3|
|PHTH 564A||Scientific Inquiry IIA||1|
|AHCJ 543||Pathology II||3|
|AHCJ 563||Neuroscience III: Clinical Neurology||2|
|AHCJ 721||Wholeness Portfolio I||1|
|PHTH 506||Exercise Physiology||3|
|PHTH 508||PT Communication and Documentation||2|
|PHTH 519||Locomotion Studies||3|
|PHTH 521A||Orthopaedics 1A||3|
|PHTH 564B||Scientific Inquiry IIB||1|
|PHTH 571||Physical Therapy Practicum I||1|
|PHTH 511||Clinical Orthopaedics||2|
|PHTH 512||Clinical Psychiatry||2|
|PHTH 526A||Cardiopulmonary I||2|
|RELT 740||World Religions and Human Health||3|
|AHCJ 516||Clinical Imaging||3|
|AHCJ 722||Wholeness Portfolio II||0|
|PHTH 501||Neurology I||2|
|PHTH 521B||Orthopaedics 1B||3|
|PHTH 525||General Medicine||3|
|PHTH 526B||Cardiopulmonary II||2|
|PHTH 530||Therapeutic Exercise II||3|
|PHTH 575||Orthopaedics IV||0|
|AHCJ 722||Wholeness Portfolio II||0|
|PHTH 502||Neurology II||3|
|PHTH 518||Aspects of Health Promotion||2|
|PHTH 522||Orthopaedics II||3|
|PHTH 534||Soft Tissue Techniques||2|
|PHTH 540||Concepts of Acute Care||2|
|PHTH 558||Life Span Studies II: Developmental Disabilities||3|
|PHTH 575||Orthopaedics IV||0|
|RELE 707||Ethics for Allied Health Professionals||2|
|AHCJ 722||Wholeness Portfolio II||1|
|PHTH 503||Neurology III||3|
|PHTH 517||Movement Science||2|
|PHTH 523||Orthopaedics III||3|
|PHTH 555||Differential Diagnosis||2|
|PHTH 559||Life Span Studies III: Geriatrics||2|
|PHTH 561||Physical Therapy Administration||4|
|PHTH 575||Orthopaedics IV||1|
|PHTH 572||Physical Therapy Practicum II||2|
|PHTH 701A||Physical Therapy Affiliation IA||4|
|PHTH 567||Pain Science||2|
|PHTH 701B||Physical Therapy Affiliation IB||1|
|PHTH 731||Advanced Orthopaedic Studies||3|
|PHTH 732||Advanced Neurologic Studies||3|
|PHTH 733||Advanced General Medicine Studies||3|
|PHTH 702||Physical Therapy Affiliation II||5|
|PHTH 703||Physical Therapy Affiliation III||5|
Normal time to complete the program
3 years (12 academic quarters) — full-time enrollment required