DPT Students — Our Most Valuable Resource

In the Department of Physical Therapy of the University of Delaware academically talented students and outstanding professors work together to participate in and contribute to our exceptional academic program. Our DPT students are our most valuable resource and they have opportunities to be involved in every aspect of the physical therapy profession including patient care, research and professional and community service.

DPT Schedule

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Career Planning

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Meet the DPT Class Officers & View Class Pictures

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DPT Clinical Opportunities

University of Delaware (UD) Physical Therapy Clinical Services are private, outpatient facilities located on the University of Delaware Campus. The Sports, Orthopedic, Neurologic and Older Adult clinics are located in the STAR Health Sciences Complex. These clinics are very closely integrated with the Physical Therapy program and serve primarily as  teaching clinics for students of the entry-level graduate program. In addition to working with clinical instructors who are board certified clinical specialists, students work with a number of faculty members during consultations and treatments. Other opportunities such as observing surgery, physician office hours, writing case studies, and participating in clinical research are also available to the students. All affiliation rotations will be in a 2:1 model (student to CI ratio).

Three full-time clinical internships will occur at the conclusion of the didactic curriculum. Each clinical internship will be 10 weeks in length. Students will be required to complete clinical internships in the following areas: multisystem complexity, inpatient rehabilitation, and elective (practical setting or population of choice). UD maintains contracts with over 270 facilities around the country to provide these full-time clinical experiences. Three semester-long integrated clinical experiences (ICEs) will occur throughout the first two years in the program. Students are required to complete ICEs in the following areas: sports and orthopedics; neurologic and older adult; and pediatrics. The sports/orthopedic and neurologic/older adult rotations are completed in the UD Physical Therapy Clinics located at STAR Health Sciences Complex. The pediatrics rotation is completed at a local children’s hospital.

Manuals/Forms

DPT Program

Clinical Education Manuals (Password Protected)

Clinical Performance Instrument (CPI)

DPT Graduation Ceremony

DPT Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony Information

Date of Ceremony: Saturday, January 6, 2018
Time: 10AM w/reception immediately following (Graduates, please arrive by no later than 9:30AM)
Location: University of Delaware Clayton Hall, Route 896, New London Road, Newark, DE

Guests/Invitations:

Attendance at your graduation ceremony is by invitation only. Each student will be allowed to invite up to six guests. More information to follow this fall. A link will be provided to RSVP to the ceremony.

Regalia:

More information to follow this fall.

Hotel Reservations at the Courtyard Marriott – University of Delaware:

Rooms are being held at the Courtyard Marriott, which is within walking distance of Clayton Hall. Please see email from Jeanne Warrington with details about the room block or contact her at jeannekw@udel.edu.

 

Service Learning
Service Learning Resources
Questions?

Please contact Dr. Bell during clinical education office hours.

Supplies List (Required)
  1. Baseline brand bubble inclinometer (cheapest is through Amazon)
  2. Standard goniometer – Plastic 12” Goniometer 360 Degree ISOM; Scale reads 1 degree increments (available through Amazon – http://amzn.com/B000N549S6)
  3. Littman Classic II S.E. Stethoscope (SKU #2201) – http://www.themedicalstore.biz/our-products/littmann-stethoscopes/classic-ii-s-e-stethoscopes – Does not need to be ordered from here specifically, but the stethoscope needs to be of this type/quality
  4. Adult size blood pressure cuff – http://www.themedicalstore.biz/ – Again, does not need to be ordered from here specifically
  5. Vinyl gait belt 54 inch with buckle (SKU 711028) http://www.themedicalstore.biz/ – Does not need to be ordered from here specifically, but needs to be a vinyl gait belt (NOT cloth)
  6. Stopwatch – Either a separate stopwatch or wrist watch with such capability
  7. Reflex hammer – An example can be found at https://www.amazon.com/Generic-1800088-Taylor-Percussion-Reflex/dp/B01H7IFVCO?th=1
  8. Tape measure – You will find an example on Amazon (EMI Body Retractable Tape Measure) – Again, does not need to be this exact tape measure, just something similar.
  9. Laptop or tablet (with extended life battery) – There are no other particular specs or operating system requirements. The expectation is for students to bring own laptop/tablet to ICEs for purposes of documentation.

Summer – 8 weeks (7 credits)
PHYT600 — PT as a Profession (1 credit pass/fail)
PHYT622 — Clinical Gross Anatomy (6 credits)

Fall (16 credits)
PHYT604 — Functional Anatomy & Biomechanics (4 credits)
PHYT624 — Basic Evaluation Techniques (2 credits)
PHYT631 — PT in the Acute Care Environment (4 credits)
PHYT635 — Thermal Agents & Soft Tissue (2 credits)
PHYT641 — Rounds I (1 credit, pass/fail)
PHYT801 — Medical Science I – General Medicine (3 credits)

Winter (6-9 credits)
PHYT620 — Educational Process in Community Health (1 credit)
PHYT632 — Applied Physiology I (3 credits)
PHYT830 — Introduction to Clinical Education (2 credits, pass/fail)

Optional elective:
PHYT626 — Advanced Regional Anatomy (3 credits)

Spring (15-18 credits)
PHYT606 — Research (3 credits)
PHYT623 — Clinical Neuroscience (4 credits)
PHYT633 — Applied Physiology II (3 credits)
PHYT634 — Electrotherapy (4 credits)
PHYT642 — Rounds II (1 credit, pass/fail)

Students may be assigned one of the following during the semester:
PHYT821 — Orthopaedic Integrated Clinical Experience (3 credits)
PHYT822 — Neurologic/Older Adult Integrated Clinical Experience (3 credits)

 

Year 2

Summer – 12 Weeks (13-16 credits)
PHYT608 — Musculoskeletal Evaluation (5 credits)
PHYT802 — Medical Science II – Orthopedics & Musculoskeletal Imaging (4 credits)
PHYT807 — Emergency Responder & Advanced Seminar (4 credits)

Students may be assigned one of the following during this semester:
PHYT821 — Orthopaedic Integrated Clinical Experience (3 credits)
PHYT822 — Neurologic/Older Adult Integrated Clinical Experience (3 credits)

Fall (15-19 credits)
PHYT643 — Rounds III (1 credit, pass/fail)
PHYT803 — Medical Science III – Neurology (3 credits)
PHYT804 — Neurophysiologic Evaluation & Treatment (4 credits)
PHYT805 — Rehabilitation (4 credits)
PHYT808 — Spine Management (4 credits)

Students may be assigned to one of the following during this semester:
PHYT812 — Pediatric Integrated Clinical Experience (1 credit)
PHYT821 — Orthopaedic Integrated Clinical Experience (3 credits)
PHYT822 — Neurologic/Older Adult Integrated Clinical Experience (3 credits)

Winter (5-11 credits)
PHYT809 — Psychosocial Aspects of Health and Disease (3 credits)
PHYT810 — Clinical Management and Administration (2 credits pass/fail)

Optional elective:
PHYT626 — Advanced Regional Anatomy (3 credits)

Students may be assigned one of the following during this semester:
PHYT812 — Pediatric Integrated Clinical Experience (1 credit)
PHYT821 — Orthopaedic Integrated Clinical Experience (3 credits)
PHYT822 — Neurologic/Older Adult Integrated Clinical Experience (3 credits)

Spring Shortened Semester – 12 Weeks (8-14 credits)
PHYT644 — Rounds (1 credit; pass/fail)
PHYT806 — Geriatrics (3 credits)
PHYT811 — Pediatrics (4 credits)

Optional elective:
PHYT614 — Sports and Orthopaedics (3 credits, pass/fail)

Students may be assigned one of the following during this semester:
PHYT812 — Pediatric Integrated Clinical Experience (1 credit)
PHYT821 — Orthopaedic Integrated Clinical Experience (3 credits)
PHYT822 — Neurologic/Older Adult Integrated Clinical Experience (3 credits)

Year 3

Summer I – 10 weeks (4 credits)
PHYT831 — Full-time Clinical Experience – Medically Complex (4 credits) OR
PHYT833 — Full-time Clinical Experience – Rehabilitation (4 credits) OR
PHYT834 — Full-time Clinical Experience – Elective (4 credits)

Summer II – 10 weeks (4 credits)
PHYT831 — Full-time Clinical Experience – Medically Complex (4 credits) OR
PHYT833 — Full-time Clinical Experience – Rehabilitation (4 credits) OR
PHYT834 — Full-time Clinical Experience – Elective (4 credits)

Fall – 10 weeks (4 credits)
PHYT831 — Full-time Clinical Experience – Medically Complex (4 credits) OR
PHYT833 — Full-time Clinical Experience – Rehabilitation (4 credits) OR
PHYT834 — Full-time Clinical Experience – Elective (4 credits)

Total Credits including Integrated Experiences* = 105

*PHYT812, PHYT821, PHYT822 – Integrated Clinical Experience Classes (total of 7 credits) are each taken once.

Students are also required to participate in 30 hours of Service Learning during the Program. See “Service Learning” toggle above for more details.

PhD Training for PT Students

University of Delaware Physical Therapy (UDPT) is committed to training outstanding rehabilitation research scientists. In an effort to facilitate this commitment, a competitive funding opportunity is available in the first and/or second year Doctor in Physical Therapy (DPT) students who plan to pursue a PhD at the completion of their DPT. Many of these students will continue into the PhD Biomechanics & Movement Sciences (BIOMS) Program with support from PT faculty research grants, or a training grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This NIH training grant is led by Lynn Snyder-Mackler, PT, ATC, Sc.D, SCS, FAPTA. Its goal is to improve the quality and quantity of individuals who conduct excellent research studies on the problems of people with disabilities. Graduates of this program will possess the skills necessary to contribute significantly to the knowledge base and practice in the field of physical rehabilitation.

This innovative training program, coordinated through UDPT, includes outstanding faculty members from three academic units at the University of Delaware: the Departments of Physical Therapy, Mechanical Engineering, and Kinesiology & Applied Physiology. The program fuses two independent training programs: an entry level DPT, designed to train clinical physical therapists, and the PhD in Biomechanics and Movement Sciences (BIOMS). Research concentrations during the PhD portion of the program will include Applied Physiology, Applied Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, Motor Control, and Rehabilitation Technology.

The program is analogous to the MD/PhD programs that are designed to train medical scientists. Students in the proposed program will become both physical therapists and research scientists. Graduates of this training program are renowned faculty members and foster excellence in rehabilitation research.