College of Health Sciences

Downers Grove, IL Campus


Physical Therapy Program

The total number of required quarter credits is 172.5. The first academic year of the professional doctoral curriculum includes four quarters consisting of 65.5 required course credits (quarter hours). The second academic year of the curriculum is composed of four quarters consisting of 56 required course credits, including 520 clock-hours of clinical education. The third academic year of the curriculum is composed of four quarters consisting of 51 required course credits which includes two clinical practica consisting of 800 clock-hours of clinical education. Clinical experiences take place in various facilities located throughout the continental United States that have legal agreements with the University.

The Midwestern University College of Health Sciences Physical Therapy Program reserves the right to alter its curriculum however and whenever it deems appropriate.

Total Quarter Credits in the Professional Program: 172.5

First Professional Year:

Total Quarter Credit Hours Required:65.5
Summer Quarter
ANATD 1500Human Gross Anatomy and Embryology7
BIOCD 1553Cell and Tissue Structure and Function2
PTHED 1503Clinical Problem Solving I2
PTHED 1509Medical Terminology0.5
PTHED 1511Biopsychosocial Issues in Healthcare3
PTHED 1512Health Professionalism I2
Fall Quarter
CORED 1599DInterprofessional Education I1
PHYSD 1510Human Physiology I3.5
PTHED 1513Physical Therapy Roles and Professional Issues I2
PTHED 1515Research3
PTHED 1552Health Promotion I2
PTHED 1577Physical Therapy Evaluation I4
PTHED 1582Kinesiology/Biomechanics I3
Winter Quarter
PHYSD 1511Human Physiology II3.5
PTHED 1514Education Principles3
PTHED 1521Preparation for Clinical Education I1.5
PTHED 1527Clinical Conditions I4
PTHED 1565Physical Therapy Interventions I2
PTHED 1584Kinesiology/Biomechanics II3
Spring Quarter
PTHED 1532Human Neuroscience3
PTHED 1545Life Span Human Development3.5
PTHED 1566Physical Therapy Interventions II3
PTHED 1578Physical Therapy Evaluation II4

Second Professional Year:

Total Quarter Credit Hours Required:
Summer Quarter
PHYSD 1637Exercise Physiology3
PTHED 1628Clinical Conditions II3
PTHED 1633Applied Neuroscience3
PTHED 1667Physical Therapy Interventions III3
PTHED 1685Practicum I3
Fall Quarter
PTHED 1601Cardiopulmonary Evaluation and Treatment4
PTHED 1605Clinical Problem Solving II2
PTHED 1638Physical Agents I4
PTHED 1681Neurologic Evaluation and Treatment: Adult I5
Winter Quarter
PTHED 1608Orthotics2
PTHED 1622Preparation for Clinical Education II1
PTHED 1639Physical Agents II3
PTHED 1651Management in Physical Therapy Systems4
PTHED 1682Neurologic Evaluation and Treatment: Pediatrics 4
Spring Quarter
PTHED 1607Scholarship in Physical Therapy1
PTHED 1686Practicum II11

Third Professional Year:

Total Quarter Credit Hours Required:
Summer Quarter
PTHED 1746Topics in Pediatric Physical Therapy2
PTHED 1747Human Anatomy II3
PTHED 1750Topics in Physical Therapy Practice3
PTHED 1752Applied Management Skills in Physical Therapy Systems3
PTHED 1781Neurologic Evaluation and Treatment: Adult II2
Fall Quarter
PTHED 1709Clinical Problem Solving III3
PTHED 1711Prosthetics2
PTHED 1715Physical Therapy Roles and Professional Issues II3
PTHED 1729Essentials of Pharmacology for Physical Therapists2
PTHED 1753Health Promotion II2
Winter Quarter
PTHED 1787Practicum III12
Spring Quarter
PTHED 1708Scholarly Development in Physical Therapy2
PTHED 1788Practicum IV12

Elective Options:
CORED 1699DInterprofessional Education II1
LANGD 0900Medical Spanish2
PHARD 1411Pharmacological Aspects of Drug Abuse2
PSCID 1379LGBTQI Considerations in the Provision of Healthcare1
PTHED 1400Independent Study in Physical Therapy Practice2
PTHED 1401Standardized Measurement in Pediatric Physical Therapy2
PTHED 1402Mobilization/Manipulation of the Pelvis, Lumbar and Thoracic Spine1
PTHED 1403Clinical Application of Quantitative Gait Data in the Pediatric Population1
PTHED 1404Physical Therapy Management of Female Pelvic Floor Function1
PTHED 1405Research Elective2
PTHED 1406Biomechanical Foundations of Human Movement2