Graduate Catalog 2013-14
The Marymount University Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T) program prepares generalist practitioners to deliver best available physical therapist practice for improving movement, function and health across diverse individuals and communities. The program employs a dynamic learning-in-context environment that is warm and welcoming. Critical thinking, professionalism, respecting individual differences, and adherence to ethical practices ground all classroom, clinic, and community activities. The program utilizes a modified problem-based curriculum unique to the region.
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to
The physical therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
Admission Requirements and Eligibility: The physical therapy (PT) program is a three-year, full-time program. Applicants have a separate admissions process and a notification of admission status shortly after the required interview. Entry into the program is in the fall semester only. Class size is limited to 38 students. Marymount University participates in the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS), offered through the American Physical Therapy Association. With this system, one central application is completed. Materials are then forwarded to all programs to which the individual applied through PTCAS. The PTCAS website (www.ptcas.org) provides further information and instructions about the application process. The deadline to submit a completed application is December 2.
In order to be considered for admission, applicants need the following:
Application materials are available on the PTCAS website. A complete application includes
The physical therapy program’s Admissions Committee reviews all applications. Initial evaluation of applicants includes assessment of overall GPA, prerequisite science GPA, GRE scores, applicant’s written statement, community activities, and recommendations.
Special consideration is given to current Marymount students who have completed at least two full-time semesters at Marymount prior to applying, Marymount University graduates, and persons from minority groups that are underrepresented in the profession.
Applicants are selected based upon their qualifications and potential to contribute to the profession and their community, and who represent a broad diversity of backgrounds.
After the initial review of applicants’ preliminary materials, all individuals being considered for admission are invited to participate in a Department of Physical Therapy interview, typically a Saturday in January. Interview Day consists of a personal interview, group activity, and facility tour. Please check the University website or call the Office of Graduate Enrollment Services to determine the date of Interview Day for the upcoming year. Admission decisions are announced to applicants within 30 days following their scheduled interview. All accepted students must confirm acceptance within three weeks of notification.
Prerequisite Coursework: The prerequisite courses, as identified below, must be completed with a grade of C or better prior to beginning the Physical Therapy program; however, please note that a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in all PT prerequisite coursework is required for admission. No more than 12 credits from this group of courses may remain incomplete at the time of application to the program. For those students admitted to the program, final transcripts for these courses (if applicable) must be submitted to the PT office by mid-August.
Prerequisite courses for the program are:*
(Marymount course equivalences in parentheses)
International students for whom English is a second language should review International Applicants on page 11 for TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic test score requirements.
Provisional Admission Policy: Occasionally, an applicant who does not fully meet physical therapy admission requirements may be admitted as a provisional student. Candidates for provisional admission are evaluated by the Department of Physical Therapy, and documents supporting a request for provisional admission are forwarded to the dean for approval. Provisional students must complete the first semester of graduate study with a GPA of 3.0 or better. Failure to meet this condition or withdrawal from required first-semester courses will result in dismissal from the program. After successful completion of the first semester of the physical therapy program, a provisional student will be moved to active status.
Clinical Education: Clinical activities are integrated throughout the three-year curriculum. Integrated part-time clinical experiences take place in local physical therapy clinics and coincide directly with didactic learning activities. Clinical full-time practicums take place in clinics locally, nationally, and internationally. The majority of full-time clinical placements occur within the greater metropolitan Washington area and nearby states. Typically, students complete full-time practicums in 8-week or 12-week rotations, at three different clinic sites.
Clinical Requirements: A copy of each PT student’s medical examination record is required upon admission. Physical therapy students must also provide
Students will not be permitted to register for classes until all requirements are met.
Clinical-Experience Transportation: Students provide their own transportation to and from courses and clinical experiences. The university’s free shuttle service connects the Main Campus, the Ballston Center, and the Ballston-MU Metro station.
Comprehensive Examination: Each student must pass a comprehensive written examination and a comprehensive practical examination in order to graduate. All physical therapy program faculty members contribute questions to the exams.
Minimum Grade and Academic Progression Requirements: Physical therapy students must meet all of the university academic standards for graduate students. In addition, physical therapy students are expected to receive a minimum grade of B in all required courses. However, students are allowed to continue in the program without interruption with up to two course grades of B-. Course grades lower than a B- are considered unsatisfactory. Upon receiving three course grades of B- or any course grade lower than a B-, the student is dismissed from the PT program.
Provisional students who do not complete the full course load in the first semester of graduate study or do not receive a semester GPA of 3.0 or better are dismissed from the program.
Degree Requirements – Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)
Year One — Fall
PT 700 Clinical Neuroscience
PT 701 Applied Pathophysiology
PT 702 Health Care Delivery and Contemporary Society
Year One — Spring
PT 710 Gross Anatomy
PT 711 Foundations of PT Examination, Evaluation, and Diagnosis
PT 712 Evidence-Based Practice I: Critical Assessment of Information
Year One — Summer
PT 713 Therapeutic and Scientific Principles of Exercise
Year Two — Fall
PT 720 Evaluation and Management of Patients with Peripheral Musculoskeletal Disorders
PT 721 Evaluation and Management of Patients with Spinal Musculoskeletal Disorders
PT 723 Research Principles and Design
PT 732 The Physical Therapist as a Manager
Year Two — Spring
PT 722 Physical Agents and Electrotherapeutics
PT 730 Evaluation and Management of Patients in Acute Care
PT 731 Clinical Application of PT Management of Patients in Acute Care
PT 733 Evidence-Based Clinical Practice II: Applying Evidence in the Clinical Environment
Year Two — Summer
PT 800 Clinical Practicum I
Year Three — Fall
PT 740 Evaluation and Management of Patients with Neurological Disorders
PT 741 Clinical Applications of PT Management of Patients with Neurological Disorders
PT 744 Case Report I: Foundations
PT 745 Clinical Practice Synthesis
Year Three — Spring
PT 754 Capstone Seminar
PT 755 Topics in Specialty Practice
PT 801 Clinical Practicum II
PT 803 Clinical Case Reports
Year Three — Summer
PT 802 Clinical Practicum III