Physical Therapy — D.P.T. (Postprofessional)

Program director
Everett B. Lohmann III

The postprofessional Doctor of Physical Therapy (PP-D.P.T.) degree is designed for the individual with a degree in physical therapy who wishes to pursue advanced studies in the profession. This program is also offered on the campus of Universidad Adventista de las Antillas located in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.

Two tracks lead to the postprofessional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree:

  • The 65-unit track is designed for the individual with a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from an accredited program or who has the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree in physical therapy.
  • The 45-unit track is designed for the individual with a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from an accredited program or who has the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree in physical therapy and has earned a master's degree.

Technology requirement

Students are required to have an iPad for the courses in the orthopaedic and neurology tracks, as well as for testing activities in all courses.  It is highly recommended that students have access to a personal computer (minimum: 800 MHz multimedia) with Internet access (minimum: 56 k.b.p.s. [connected at 44+ k.b.p.s.]).  A $60 technology fee is charged in year one for the 45-unit track and years one and two for the 65-unit track.

Student learning outcomes

In addition to the stated institutional learning outcomes, the PP-D.P.T. degree (45-unit track) student is expected to meet the following program learning outcomes:

Outcome 1Discovery. Students will demonstrate a commitment to discovery.
Outcome 2Science. Students will use basic science knowledge-related physical therapy practice.
Outcome 3Clinical excellence. Students will provide advanced patient-specific physical therapy care.
Outcome 4 Evidence-based practice. Students will select best practice and examination techniques based on scientific evidence.

Admission is based on a selective process.  In addition to Loma Linda University and School of Allied Health Professions admissions requirements, the applicant must also complete the following requirements:

  • must have earned a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from an accredited program or have the equivalent of a 4 year U.S. bachelor's degree in physical therapy
  • must have earned a master's degree (45-unit track only).
  • Upon evaluation of transcripts, additional corequisites may be required, and sequencing of courses may be modified.

There is no GRE requirement for acceptance into this curriculum.

45-unit track

Required
AHRM 605Critical Analysis of Scientific Literature3
PTGR 511Advanced Clinical Practice I: Orthpaedic Rehabiltation3
PTGR 512Advanced Clinical Practice II3
PTGR 513Advanced Clinical Practice III3
PTGR 514Professional Systems in Management I3
PTGR 516Movement Science of the Upper Quarter3
PTGR 517Movement Science: Lower Quarter Biomechanical Relationships3
PTGR 571Advanced Physiology I: Neurobiology3
PTGR 577Pharmacology in Physical Therapy3
PTGR 578Medical Screening for Physical Therapists3
PTGR 579Clinical Imaging for Physical Therapist3
RELR 525Health Care and the Dynamics of Christian Leadership3
____ ___Elective9
Total Units45

Normal time to complete the program

1 year (4 academic quarters) — based on full-time enrollment

65-unit track

Required
AHRM 571Statistics and Research for Health Professionals I3
AHRM 572Statistics and Research for Health Professionals II3
AHRM 605Critical Analysis of Scientific Literature2
PTGR 505Orthopaedic Intervention: Regional Interdependency of the Cervical Spine & Upper Extremities3
PTGR 506Soft-Tissue Mobilization3
PTGR 509Function-Based Rehabilitation3
PTGR 510Neurologic Upper Extremity Management3
PTGR 511Advanced Clinical Practice I: Orthpaedic Rehabiltation3
PTGR 512Advanced Clinical Practice II3
PTGR 513Advanced Clinical Practice III3
PTGR 514Professional Systems in Management I3
PTGR 516Movement Science of the Upper Quarter3
PTGR 517Movement Science: Lower Quarter Biomechanical Relationships3
PTGR 571Advanced Physiology I: Neurobiology3
PTGR 573Pathokinesiology of Gait3
PTGR 577Pharmacology in Physical Therapy3
PTGR 578Medical Screening for Physical Therapists3
PTGR 579Clinical Imaging for Physical Therapist3
RELR 525Health Care and the Dynamics of Christian Leadership3
____ ___Elective9
Total Units65

Normal time to complete the program

1.5 years (6 academic quarters) — based on full-time enrollment