Doctoral Entry-Level Program (D.P.T.)
Program Director: Carrie W. Hoppes
Through an affiliation with Baylor University, students enrolled in the U.S. Army-Baylor University D.P.T. Program at the U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence may qualify for a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. The program is located at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas and is 30 months in length and includes 18 months of didactic coursework, a clinical affiliation during Semester II, and 12 months of clinical internship. Students are commissioned officers in one of the three uniformed services: Army, Navy, or Air Force. Due to the students’ active duty obligations and association with the uniformed services, certain policies and procedures governing students are unique to this program and may be found in the current DPT Program Manual or the Individual Student Assessment Plan (ISAP) published by this graduate program. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Graduates of this program are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Licensure Examination offered by The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT).
To produce active duty, commissioned physical therapists who are clinician scientists and leaders prepared for worldwide military health system practice.
Uniformed service physical therapists are generalist practitioners who might be assigned across the continuum of care in a variety of practice settings, including the deployed environment. However, the majority of physical therapists are working in a primary care role with an emphasis in prevention, examination, diagnosis, and intervention for patients with neuromusculoskeletal conditions. Our program focuses on academic, clinical, and research excellence to provide students with the knowledge, skills, evidence, problem solving ability, duties, responsibilities, and ethics to deliver high quality physical therapy patient care. Our program educates and develops physical therapy officers by providing those concepts, principles, methods, and role models which will inspire continuous personal and professional growth and service.
Applicants for admission to the program must hold a baccalaureate degree in either the arts or sciences from a college or university acceptable to Baylor University and the applicant must submit an application through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). Applicants must present a grade point average and scores on the Graduate Record Examination that are predictive of success in this program. Prerequisite laboratory components must be taken in person. Hybrid formats that deliver didactics online and labs in person are acceptable. Prerequisite courses are listed in semester hour requirements. Course credits awarded in different formats must be equivalent to the semester hour requirement.
Required prerequisites include:
- Human Anatomy with Lab: 4 semester hours
- Human Physiology: 3 semester hours
Substitution for 1 and 2: Anatomy and Physiology 1 & 2 series with labs - 8 total semester hours.
- General Biology with Lab or Exercise Physiology with Lab: 4 semester hours or equivalent
- Additional Biology: 3 semester hours
Note: If Exercise Physiology with lab is taken, then General Biology can be used for Additional Biology. Exercise Physiology "without lab" cannot substitute for the Additional Biology prerequisite.
- Chemistry 1 with lab: 4 semester hours
- Chemistry 2 with lab: 4 semester hours
- Physics 1 with lab: 4 semester hours
- Physics 2 with lab: 4 semester hours
- General Psychology: 3 semester hours
- Additional Psychology: 3 semester hours
- Statistics: 3 semester hours
Specific courses which are accepted to meet the prerequisite course requirements are listed on the program website at www.baylor.edu/graduate/pt.
Candidates must meet the entrance requirements of the Graduate School of Baylor University. In addition, they should be less than 42 years of age, be a U.S. citizen, and meet the medical fitness standards as prescribed by the Departments of the Army, Air Force, and the Navy. They must demonstrate a capacity for graduate study as well as the interest necessary to ensure productive scholarship. This program does not have a foreign language requirement.
Matriculated students must achieve a grade of “C” or better in each course and maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or above. Students must complete a clinical affiliation at the end of Semester II and pass a comprehensive oral examination following the 18-month didactic portion of the course in order to transition to the 12-month clinical internship. Students must achieve entry level competence as a physical therapist, as demonstrated on the Physical Therapist Clinical Performance Instrument (PT CPI.) Students must also exhibit professional behaviors consistent with clinical practice as described by the Army Values and APTA Values within the D.P.T. Program Manual.
The four-semester curriculum includes outlined academic courses and clinical experience, a research project, and a comprehensive oral examination.
|PT 6120||Evidence Based Practice I||1|
|PT 6131||Clinical Pathophysiology||1|
|PT 6204||Diagnostic Imaging and Procedures||2|
|PT 6209||Primary Care Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy||2|
|PT 6230||Neuromuscular Physiology||2|
|PT 6240||Clinical Medicine I||2|
|PT 6250||Therapeutic Interventions||2|
|PT 6253||Orthotic and Prosthetic Interventions||2|
|PT 6270||Research Methods I||2|
|PT 6300||Physical Therapy Fundamentals||3|
|PT 6410||Anatomy I||4|
|PT 6601||Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy I - Lower Member||6|
|PT 6121||Evidence Based Practice II||1|
|PT 6151||Pharmacology for Physical Therapists||1|
|PT 6241||Clinical Medicine II||2|
|PT 6271||Research Methods II||2|
|PT 6352||Physical Agent Interventions||3|
|PT 6402||Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy II - Spine||4|
|PT 6503||Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy III - Upper Member||5|
|PT 6511||Anatomy II||5|
|PT 6660||Physical Therapy Practice I||6|
|PT 6107||Emerging Topics in Physical Therapy||1|
|PT 6142||Clinical Medicine III||1|
|PT 6172||Research Methods III||1|
|PT 6280||Executive Leadership and Management||2|
|PT 6281||Physical Therapy in Deployed Environments||2|
|PT 6282||Injury Control and Prevention||2|
|PT 6306||Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy||3|
|PT 6308||Lifespan Physical Therapy||3|
|PT 6333||Clinical Exercise Physiology||3|
|PT 6354||Advanced Therapeutic Interventions||3|
|PT 6405||Neuromuscular Physical Therapy||4|
|PT 6V98||Physical Therapy Internship||36.000|