STUDENT RESOURCES

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.

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Career Planning

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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. Invitations have been mailed to you at the address you provide us. Guests may RSVP using the response card that was included with your invitations or at the following link. Please remind your guests of the importance to respond by the RSVP date of December 11, 2017.

RSVP to the DPT Class of 2017 Convocation/Hooding Ceremony on January 6, 2018

Regalia:

To participate in the hooding ceremony, candidates must wear the approved academic regalia for doctoral students. It is critical for you to order your regalia between November 1 and December 8th.

  1. Between November 1st and December 8th @ 11:59pm, go to http://colleges.herffjones.com/college/ud/ And select “Doctoral Cap and Gown Rental.” The rental price is $155 for Gown, Hood, Tam, and tassel.
  2. After December 9th you must wait until December 11th to arrange for a rental. If you are not local you must call us beginning Wednesday, December 20th, Monday-Friday only @ 302-831-2424 (ask for Commencement, PhD/DPT rental)  to secure a gown if you are unable to meet the online or in store deadline.

*We do NOT ship rental gowns. They will be available for pickup from December 9th to the day before the ceremony at the B&N UD Bookstore (we close @ 6pm on Friday, January 5th). Any gowns that have not been picked up will be available on Saturday, January 6th one hour before the ceremony, at the ceremony location.

Following are the directions for purchasing the custom regalia:
  • Email bksudel@bncollege.com to arrange an appointment or to place the order, please include both phone and email address for contact information. The absolute deadline to order custom regalia that you are purchasing rather than renting is November 11th. The purchase price of custom regalia is $950.

Questions regarding regalia should be sent to bksudel@bncollege.com.

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.

DPT Graduation Class Photo:

A class photo will be taken immediately following the Hooding/Convocation ceremony on the steps in the pit area of Clayton Hall. Please line up immediately after you process out of the auditorium. Your family and friends are welcome to take pictures AFTER the photographer is finished.

Service Learning
Service Learning Resources
Questions?

Please contact Dr. Foeller 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 and sphygmomanometer – https://www.themedicalstore.biz/products/welch-allyn-blood-pressure-equipment/welch-allyn-economy-sphygmomanometer-w-velcro-adult-cuff-ds44-11c.html  – Again, does not need to be ordered from here specifically
  5. Vinyl gait belt 54 inch with buckle (SKU 711028) https://www.themedicalstore.biz/our-products/nursing-products/vinyl-gait-belt-542015-10-26-05-52-15974888337.html – 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 — Sports/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 — Sports/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 — Sports/Orthopaedic Integrated Clinical Experience (3 credits)
PHYT822 — Neurologic/Older Adult Integrated Clinical Experience (3 credits)

Winter (5-9 credits)
PHYT809 — Psychosocial Aspects of Health and Disease (3 credits)
PHYT810 — Clinical Management and Administration (2 credits)

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

Students may be assigned the following during this semester:
PHYT812 — Pediatric Integrated Clinical Experience (1 credit)

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 Physical Therapy (3 credits, pass/fail)

Students may be assigned one of the following during this semester:
PHYT812 — Pediatric Integrated Clinical Experience (1 credit)
PHYT821 — Sports/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 – Multi-System Complexity (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 – Multi-System Complexity (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 – Multi-System Complexity (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.