DOCTOR OF PHYSICAL THERAPY (DPT)

Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)

Denise BenderWelcome to the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program.  I encourage students to  explore our website, visit our state of the art facility, and meet our students as you explore the possibilities in the profession of physical therapy.  At OUHSC, students join our interprofessional community of learners who are constantly challenged to think, to learn, to do, and to reflect about the physical therapy profession. The faculty and staff are committed to preparing students to grow and develop from novice learners into competent, compassionate, and ethical practitioners.

What is Physical Therapy?

Accreditation


Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education awarded accreditation for a period of 10 years 2014 through 2023.

The Physical Therapy program at The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone:  703-706-3245; EmailWebsite

Graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination for the physical therapist administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT). After successful completion of this examination, the individual will be a registered Physical Therapist (PT).

Any arrest, charge, or conviction for a felony or a misdemeanor may not only affect a student's ability to attend certain clinical sites for clinical education and fieldwork, it may also affect a graduate's ability to sit for the certification examination or obtain state licensure.

CAPTE Required Public Disclosure of Student Outcomes: 

  • Graduation Rate: 2015 – 98.3%, 2014 – 96.7%, 2013 – 96.7% (as calculated in the 2016 CAPTE Annual Accreditation Report)
  • Licensure Examination Pass Rate (reflecting graduate performance in the years between 2013-2015): 178 students completed the national licensure exam with a 100% ultimate pass rate (as published by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy)
  • Employment rate 6 months after passing board exam: 100%


Physical therapy is a dynamic health profession dedicated to the promotion of optimal health, prevention of disability, and the restoration and maintenance of physical activities that contribute to a successful life. Physical therapy services are provided in a variety of settings, including homes, schools, workplaces, outpatient clinics, and hospitals.

The professional program consists of 108 semester hours of sequenced and integrated didactic and clinical courses. All didactic course work is offered on the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) campuses in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. This program begins in the summer of every year. Clinical courses are completed within the state and region.

For further information about the profession of physical therapy, contact the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

Graduates of the program receive a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree and are eligible to sit for the national licensure examination upon meeting state licensure requirements.

 

Physical therapy is a dynamic health profession dedicated to the promotion of optimal health, prevention of disability, and the restoration and maintenance of physical activities that contribute to a successful life. Physical therapy services are provided in a variety of settings, including homes, schools, one’s workplace, outpatient clinics, and hospitals.

Physical therapists provide direct patient service, consultation, education, and are often engaged in research. They also serve in administrative capacities, including supervising and delegating responsibilities to members of the physical therapy service. They work in primary, secondary, and tertiary health care settings. Physical therapists enter practice as generalists and may later become board-certified specialists. Physical therapists work closely with members of a patient’s team. Physical therapists are also engaged in the development of new approaches of intervention that will more effectively meet existing and emerging health needs in society, including health promotion and disability prevention programs.

Physical therapists are dedicated to improving the ability of an individual to function successfully regardless of the reason for disability: disease or trauma, developmental or acquired, acute in nature or chronic. They are effective working with people of any age with a wide variety of functional limitations. Physical therapists also contribute significantly to the development of standards of practice in physical therapy and to the development of relevant health policy.

Physical therapists are eligible to practice once they receive state licensure. One is eligible to sit for the state licensure examination upon graduation from a physical therapy curriculum approved by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

If you would like to explore physical therapy further, view the following YouTube video.

  • Corey Wilson, OU football wide receiver, makes the Journey utilizing our Lokomat equipment as well as our Physical Therapists. View the following YouTube video
  • Click on the following link to learn more about our Lokomat equipment

American Physical Therapy Association
Move Forward Physical Therapy
Physical Therapist Job Outlook

 

The OUHSC Doctor of Physical Therapy has joined the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). Applicants must complete both the PTCAS application and the OUHSC application. ALL sealed official transcripts and scores must be sent to PTCAS and entered through the PTCAS on-line system. To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Earn a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university prior to enrollment in the program;
  2. At a minimum, earn both a 2.75 cumulative grade point average and a 2.75 science grade point average on a 4.0 scale. The College of Allied Health does not recognize academic forgiveness nor reprieve policies. All attempts of a course are included in the calculation of GPAs;
  3. Complete at least 6 of the 8 departmental prerequisite courses with grades of C or better by the application deadline date; complete the remaining two departmental prerequisite courses with a grade of C or higher prior to enrollment in the program;
  4. Document 40 hours of physical therapy observation; you will be required to fill out the PTCAS form; 
  5. Submit official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities (including OU or OUHSC) attended and non-refundable application fees through PTCAS ;
  6. Submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (the General Test) prior to the application deadline date. We will only accept the REVISED GRE scores which can be no older than two years.   It is recommended that you take the revised GRE no later than one month prior to the application period for which you are applying to ensure your scores are received by the application deadline. Scores received after the application deadline will result in an automatic denial. The PTCAS GRE Designated Institution Code for the DPT program at OUHSC is 7426;
  7. If English is a second language, submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores. Applicants must earn a minimum score of 600 (paper-based) or 100 (Internet-based) within two years prior to application. The PTCAS TOEFL Designated Institution Code for the DPT program at OUHSC is 7426;
  8. If previous coursework was from colleges or universities outside of the US, have all transcripts/mark sheets processed through World Education Services (WES); and
  9. Submit a completed on-line application through the PTCAS and OUHSC applications. Application deadline is February 1 for summer. All official, sealed transcripts, GRE scores, and TOEFL scores (if applicable) must be received by the application deadline. Late transcripts and test scores will result in an automatic denial.

Note: If you plan on applying to the program this year, submit an official, sealed transcript from every institution attended AS SOON AS POSSIBLE through the PTCAS system. Do NOT send them to the Health Sciences Center. They will not be forwarded. ALL transcripts and scores must be entered through the on-line PTCAS system. Transcripts take time to process from one institution to the other; therefore, order your transcripts ASAP! Once your fall grades have been posted, please updated your PTCAS application ASAP.

Course numbers are those of the University of Oklahoma. Approved prerequisite courses are offered at many institutions. Check the Transfer Equivalencies Database or with your school advisor regarding equivalent courses. There are instructions on that page on how to request a transcript evaluation for particular courses if your courses are not listed in the database.

Click on the following link to use the prerequisite worksheet to keep track of your prerequisite classes. 

OU Course Number Course Title Credit Hours Footnote
PSY 2603 Developmental Psychology 3  
CHEM 1315 General Chemistry I and Lab 4-5  
BIOL 2234 or 2255 Human Anatomy 4-5  
BIOL 2124 Human Physiology 4  
BIOL 1114 or BIOL 1005 Introduction to Zoology or Concepts in Biology 4-5  
PHYS 2414 Physics I for Life Science Majors 4  
PHYS 2424 Physics II for Life Science Majors 4  
COMM 2513, ECON 2843, PSY 2113,
or PSY 2003
Understanding Statistics 3 1

 

(1) It is recommended that the applicant take an equivalent course to OU course number PSY 2003.  If there is not an equivalent course at your college/university for PSY 2003, it is acceptable to take an equivalent course to OU’s course numbers PSY 2113, COMM 2513, or ECON 2843.
  1. The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (DPT) at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) plans to participate in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service, known as PTCAS, in the 2017-18 admissions cycle.  Applicants applying to the entry-level physical therapist education program for the 2018 entering class will apply online using the PTCAS application and complete an OUHSC application. February 1st is still the application deadline, but applicants are encouraged to begin the application process earlier, to ensure there are no delays in processing their information. The application cycle for the PTCAS is available to begin entering data as early as July 2017. To learn more about PTCAS, visit www.ptcas.org  The PTCAS Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) Designated Institution Code for the DPT program at OUHSC is 7426.
  2. Review and follow the instructions for application to the College of Allied Health.
  3. An electronic letter of acceptance, alternate status, or denial to the Physical Therapy program will be provided through the online application on a rolling basis beginning in February.  Admission decisions for the regular admission applicant pool will be provided through the online application on a rolling basis beginning in March and continue through late April.  If you have not received notification by May 1st regarding your application status, please contact the Office of Academic and Student Services at (405) 271-6588.  However, alternates could be accepted as late as two weeks prior to the beginning of the first summer semester of the program.
  4. The applicant must accept the position in writing within two weeks of notification, or the position will be considered declined. Alternates will be selected according to ranking. Alternates may be admitted up to the first class day for the summer semester if all positions have not been filled.
  5. Students accepted for admission are required to confirm their intention to enroll and attend by paying a non-refundable deposit on enrollment. The deposit is applied toward tuition and fees during the first term.

Please note:  With the use of distance education technology to deliver lectures between Oklahoma City and Tulsa, we offer students the convenience of being on our Tulsa or Oklahoma City campus; however, on occasion student spots may only be available on one campus or the other.

 

Students may expect additional costs that include, but are not limited to, a personal computer, textbooks, lab fees, insurance, and supplies. Students are required to assume financial responsibilities for expenses associated with clinical requirements. For financial aid information, contact the Financial Aid Office at (405) 271-2118.

Additional cost information:
Bursar's Office Tuition and Fees
Student Financial Aid

Early Admission for College Students

The early admission option for the physical therapy program is currently suspended. We hope to resume the EARLY admissions option in the near future, but it is not scheduled to resume for the 2018 application cycle. Please apply to our exceptional program through PTCAS. Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to reviewing your application.

Year 1

Summer Semester

Course Name Course Number Credit Hours
Clinical Anatomy AHS 8415 5

Fall Semester

Course Name Course Number Credit Hours
Fundamentals of Physical Therapy PHTH 8112 2
Principles of Human Movement PHTH 8133 3
Evidence-Based Practice PHTH 8152 2
Clinical Process PHTH 8153 3
Professional Literature Development PHTH 8171 1
Exercise Science I PHTH 8192 2
Concepts in Rehabilitation Sciences PHTH 8273 3

Spring Semester

Course Name Course Number Credit Hours
Neuroscience AHS 8275 5
Orthopedic Mgmt UE Dysfunction PHTH 8274 4
Exercise Science II PHTH 8293 3
Differential Diagnosis I PHTH 8312 2
Pathology AHS 8433 3

Summer Semester

Course Name Course Number Credit Hours
Movement Science I PHTH 8393 3
Clinical Education I PHTH 8362 2

Year 2

Fall Semester

Course Name Course Number Credit Hours
Pharmacology AHS 8112 2
Orthopedic Mgmt Lower Extremities PHTH 8114 4
Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation PHTH 8132 2
Neurorehabilitation for Children PHTH 8154 4
Measurement in Clinical Practice PHTH 8172 2
Teaching in Practice PHTH 8332 2
Interdisciplinary Case Management PHTH 9391 1

Spring Semester

Course Name Course Number Credit Hours
Orthopedic Mgmt Axial Skeleton PHTH 8214 4
Neurorehabilitation for Adults PHTH 8234 4
Clinical Reasoning in Physical Therapy I PHTH 8282 2
Developmental Disabilities PHTH 8272 2
Clinical Practice Management I PHTH 8352 2
Assistive Technology PHTH 8292 2
Behavioral Science PHTH 9112 2

Summer Semester

Course Name Course Number Credit Hours
Clinical Electrotherapy PHTH 8252 2
Effective Management PHTH 8371 1
Clinical Practice Management II PHTH 8372 2
Clinical Education II PHTH 8383 3

Year 3

Fall Semester

Course Name Course Number Credit Hours
Clinical Education III PHTH 9124 4
Community Assessment/Planning PHTH 9132 2
Clinical Reasoning in Physical Therapy II PHTH 9152 2
Complex Case Management PHTH 9173 3
Movement Sciences II PHTH 9192 2

Spring Semester

Course Name Course Number Credit Hours
Clinical Education IV PHTH 9224 4
Clinical Case Defense PHTH 9253 3
Topics in Physical Therapy PHTH 9432 2

Last reviewed: August 18, 2014

Course Descriptions

Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
College of Allied Health
P.O. Box 26901
Oklahoma City, OK 73190-0901
Phone: (405) 271- 2131


Office of Academic and Student Services
Phone: (405) 271-6588
Email: alliedhealth-info@ouhsc.edu

 

Prospective students are encouraged to visit the prospective student's page to utilize resources such as the transfer equivalency tables, admission statistics, job shadowing, gpa calculation, tuition cost, scholarships, student life, campus resources, etc.