Physical Therapy

DPT Curriculum

Core required courses for admission to the MU Doctorate of Physical Therapy program*

(Core courses must be completed at a level of C- or above)

  • Statistics (3 hrs) (e.g. MU Stats 1200, Stats 1300)
  • Chemistry I (4-5 hrs) (e.g. MU Chem 1320)
  • Physics I and II (8 hrs) (e.g. MU Physics 1210 & 1220)
  • General Biology with lab (4-5 hrs) (e.g. MU Bio 1010 & 1020 or MU Bio 1500)
  • Physiology with lab (4-5 hrs) (e.g. MU MPP 3202 or Bio 3700)
  • Medical Terminology (1 hr) (e.g. MU CDS 2190) Anatomy (3 hrs) (e.g. MU PTH_AS 2201)

*All students are encouraged to contact the Health Professions Advising office: (573) 882-8011 or mushpadvising@missouri.edu for planning their program of study.


Professional phase, MU DPT curriculum**

First year

Summer semester
  • P&A 7222 Gross Human Anatomy (7)
  • PT 5110 Fundamentals of Physical Therapy (1)
Fall semester
  • PT 5210 Applied Neurophysiology (3)
  • PT 5220 Biophysical Agents (3)
  • PT 5230 Clinical Evaluation and Procedures (4)
  • PT 5240 Foundation of Therapeutic Exercise (3)
  • PT 5250 Human Kinesiology (3)
  • PT 5260 Introduction to Clinical Education
  • PhysZOU I (1)
Spring semester
  • PT 5310 Applied Therapeutic Exercise (3)
  • PT 5320 Clinical Kinesiology (3)
  • PT 5330 Clinical Pathophysiology (3)
  • PT 5340 Introduction to Clinical Education
  • PhysZOU II (1)
  • PT 5350 Introduction to Orthopedic Physical Therapy (3)
  • PT 5360 Pharmacology in Rehabilitation (2)
  • PT 5100 Intro to Interprofessional Practice (1)

Second year

Summer semester
  • PT 6410 Clinical Education I (5)
Fall semester
  • PT 6510 Differential Diagnosis in Physical Therapy (3)
  • PT 6520 Evidence Based Practice (3)
  • PT 6530 Orthopedic Physical Therapy (3)
  • PT 6540 Pediatric Physical Therapy (4)
  • PT 6550 PhysZOU III (.5)
  • PT 6560 Rehabilitation of the Neurologically Impaired Adult (4)
Spring semester
  • PT 6620 Case Management: Acute and Chronic Medical and Surgical Conditions (5)
  • PT 6630 Clinical Education II (6)
  • PT 6640 Diagnostic Imaging in Rehabilitation (3)
  • PT 6650 PhysZOU IV (.5)
  • PT 6660 Psychological Issues for Health Promotion (2)

Third year

Summer semester
  • PT 6710 Case Management: Neurological Impairments Across the Lifespan (5)
  • PT 6610 Assessment and Neuropsychology of Pain (1)
Fall semester
  • PT 6810 Case Management: Geriatrics and Orthopedics (5)
  • PT 6820 Clinical Education III (6)
  • PT 6830 Health Policy and Leadership in Physical Therapy (2)
  • PT 6840 PhysZOU V (.5)
  • PT 6850 Professional Issues (3)
Spring semester
  • PT 6910 Clinical Education IV (6)
  • PT 6920 PhysZOU VI and Professional Development Plan (.5)
  • PT 6930 Seminar in Physical Therapy (4)
  • PT 6940 Special Skills in Physical Therapy (1)

**Schedule intended as a sample only, and is subject to change.