The DPT curriculum builds semester by semester to facilitate development of knowledge and skills.

Mount St. Joseph University delivers high-quality academics, hands-on experiential learning and individualized attention from faculty and staff who are devoted to the success of students. We do so while consistently living a culture of ethics and service.

The Mount’s DPT Program is a 117 credit hour, 9 semester, 3 year curriculum designed to build from semester to semester as students develop the necessary knowledge and skills to be professional and proficient physical therapists. The first year presents foundational knowledge from which students can build initial clinical skills, culminating in short inpatient and outpatient clinical experiences. The second year clinical courses, organized by practice pattern and patient population, build from the basic knowledge and skills of the first year. The third year builds upon the prior two years and culminates in four full-time clinical internships, which include inpatient and outpatient experiences. Core course series proceed developmentally through the curriculum and include research, professionalism, foundational science (pathology, medical management), patient management and clinical experiences.

MSJ DPT Curriculum Plan


Credit Hours:

117 credit hours over 9 semesters (3 years)

  • (7 credit hours) Research and Evidence-based Practice Series
  • (10 credit hours) Foundational Science Series (including pathology and medical management of disease, e.g. surgery, pharmacology)
  • (8 credit hours) Professionalism Series
  • (27 credit hours) Patient Management Series - each course has direct patient care experiences embedded
  • (22 credit hours) Direct Patient Care Series (Clinical experiences and internships)

DPT academic standards and program requirements

Link to course descriptions or download the graduate catalog

MSJ DPT Curriculum Plan

  Year 1 (42 credits)


  • BIO 526: Gross Anatomy (8 credit hours)
  • PT 605: Exercise Physiology w/Lab (3 credit hours)
    • Total= 11 credit hours


  • PT 601: Foundational Science I (4 credit hours)
  • PT 603: Surface Anatomy (1 credit hour)
  • PT 608: Biomechanics & Kinesiology w/Lab (4 credit hours)
  • PT 624: Neuroscience w/Lab (3 credit hours)
  • PT 650: Professional Socialization I (2 credit hours)
  • PT 661: Foundations of Critical Inquiry in Physical Therapy (2 credit hours)
    • Total= 16 credit hours


  • PT 610: Basic Patient Care Skills w/Lab (3 credit hours)
  • PT 611: Modalities w/Lab (3 credit hours)
  • PT 612: Basic Exam & Evaluation w/Lab (3 credit hours)
  • PT 615: Therapeutic Exercise w/Lab (3 credit hours)
  • PT 651: Professional Socialization II (2 credit hours)
  • PT 652: Professional Issues I (1 credit hour)
    • Total= 15 credit hours
  Year 2 (45 credits)


  • PT 700: Clinical Experience Inpatient (2 wks) (1 credit hour)
  • PT 701: Clinical Experience Outpatient (2 wks) (1 credit hour)
  • PT 702: Foundational Science II (3 credit hours)
  • PT 762: Research in Physical Therapy (3 credit hours)
  • PT 770: Administration (3 credit hours)
    • Total= 11 credit hours


  • PT 703: Foundational Science III (3 credit hours)
  • PT 715: Acute Care & Cardiopulmonary w/Lab (3 credit hours)
  • PT 720: Orthopedics I w/Lab (6 credit hours)
  • PT 722: Neurologic Rehabilitation I w/Lab (3 credit hours)
  • PT 746: Lifespan I-Pediatrics (3 credit hours)
    • Total= 18 credit hours


  • PT 721: Orthopedics II w/Lab (5 credit hours)
  • PT 723: Neurologic Rehabilitation II w/Lab (3 credit hours)
  • PT 745: Special Topics w/Lab (3 credit hours)
  • PT 747: Lifespan II-Geriatrics w/Lab (4 credit hours)
  • PT 754: Professional Issues II (1 credit hour)
    • Total= 16 credit hours
  Year 3 (30 credits)


  • PT 753: Healthcare Policy (3 credit hours)
  • PT 863: Research in Physical Therapy II (2 credit hours)
  • PT 875: Electives (3 credit hours)
    • (each student must take 3 credit hours of electives)
  • PT 881: Internship I (9 wks) (5 credit hours)
    • Total= 13 credit hours


  • PT 882: Internship II (9 wks) (5 credit hours)
  • PT 855: Professional Issues III (1 credit hour)
    • Total= 6 credit hours


  • PT 883: Internship III (10 wks) (5 credit hours)
  • PT 884: Internship IV (10 wks) (5 credit hours)
  • PT 857: Professional Issues IV (1 credit hour)
    • Total= 11 credit hours

DPT students get hands-on experience through integrated and terminal clinicals in various healthcare facilities.

DPT students get practical experience through short-term and long-term clinical experiences, totaling 42 full-time weeks of clinical education in a variety of practice settings. The University maintains contracts with over 300 clinical organizations to provide diverse practical experiences for students.


The majority of clinical sites are located within Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.  However, students should expect to travel outside of the Greater Cincinnati area for at least one clinical experience. It is important for students to participate in a stimulating and diverse clinical experiences therefore, the MSJ DPT Clinical Education Network includes facilities in all 50 states, Washington DC, Puerto Rico, and Canada. Availability of specific clinical sites varies from year to year. Prospective students should be aware that physical therapy interns pay tuition during their rotations and very few clinical sites are able to offer stipends.

The University is always looking to add new clinical partners who can offer unique, high-quality, intentional clinical education opportunities for students.  Faculty, students, alumni, or clinical facilities should contact Director of Clinical Education, Jamie Bayliss at (513) 244-4647 or by email to recommend a clinical partner organization for the MSJ DPT Clinical Education Network. 

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