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Curriculum

Our program philosophy is to create excellence in clinical practice, teaching, research, scholarship and service that complement the Mission of Duquesne University.

Our hierarchal curriculum begins with a rich foundation of basic sciences, progresses to broad-based education in the clinical sciences and integrates disparate clinical experiences throughout. Our graduates care deeply for the patients they serve and wish to improve themselves and the profession for the betterment of people in need of physical therapy.

Comprehensive Curriculum

Students admitted as freshmen receive an undergraduate education in the Spiritan tradition of Duquesne University. A well-rounded liberal arts education is coupled to a strong moral foundation and exceptional preparation for the physical therapy professional curriculum. Our three-year DPT curriculum continues this tradition at the professional level for students who matriculate from Duquesne's undergraduate program or for graduate students from other institutions. The professional curriculum is intricately designed to produce excellent, physical therapists. Specific clinical content areas include:

  • Neurology
  • Orthopedics
  • Pediatrics
  • Cardio Pulmonary
  • Differential Diagnosis
  • Pharmacology
  • Radiology /imaging
  • Health Care Management
  • Prevention /wellness /health promotion
  • Interpersonal skills and patient interaction

These clinical content areas are built upon a foundation of broad basic sciences. There is a full year of cadaver dissection Anatomy. We believe that to understand the anatomical underpinnings of clinical practice, you must be able to see, feel and manipulate the tendons and muscles you will one day treat. Physiology, Medical Science, Kinescoping and Neuroscience are also part of the basic science curriculum.

Actively Engaged Faculty

Our faculty members are clinicians and basic scientists uniquely prepared for their role in the curriculum. Basic science courses are taught by clinicians who possess doctoral degrees in the scientific disciplines they teach. Clinical courses are taught by expert clinicians who possess doctoral degrees and continue to practice with patients. Courses focused on patient interaction and education, administration, the psychosocial aspects of practice and differential diagnosis are all taught by physical therapists that have doctoral degrees and/or rich past experience relevant to the topics they teach. Clinical experiences are arranged by two seasoned academic coordinators of clinical education with strong ties and deep knowledge of the clinical community. At Duquesne, we do not send our faculty into the laboratory and relegate teaching to graduate students.

Extensive Clinical Experience

Duquesne's DPT program requires five clinical education experiences for a total of 40 weeks, in a variety of settings:

  • Acute care*
  • Outpatient physical therapy*
  • Pediatrics
  • Cardio pulmonary
  • Home health care

 

  • Rehabilitation*
  • Orthopedics
  • Oncology
  • Geriatrics

*required

One of these rotations will be outside of the Pittsburgh area to provide a more diverse learning experience. These extensive “hands-on” experiences prepare you to deliver physical therapy services across the scope of practice as well as connect you to potential employers.