Curriculum

The information provided is approved by Duke University and pending final approval of CAPTE in October 2018. 

The curriculum is conducted in the sequence below totaling 129 credit hours. Download as a PDF.

Please visit https://registrar.duke.edu/university-bulletins/school-medicine for more detailed curriculum information within the School of Medicine Bulletin.

Curriculum outline

Year 1

Session 1: 17 weeks total (1 STEPs®) | FALL

PT Professional I | 2

STEPs® I | 1

Structure and Function of the Human Body | 10

Movement Science | 4

Introduction to the Patient Examination | 5

Total Credits | 22

 

Session 2: 12 weeks total (2 STEPs®) | SPRING

PT Professional Practice II | 2

STEPs® II | 2

Healthcare Systems | 2

Foundational Integumentary Practice | 1

Exercise Prescription in the Continuum of Care | 2

Foundational Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Practice | 4

Pain Science | 2

Total Credits | 15

 

Session 3: 18 weeks total (1 STEPs®/1 break) | SUMMER

PT Professional Practice III | 2

STEPs® III | 1

Physical Therapy for the Older Adult | 2

Evidence Based Practice | 2

Adaptive Technology | 1

Foundational Musculoskeletal Practice | 12

Foundational Neurologic Practice | 8

Total Credits | 28

 

Year Two

Session 4: 17 weeks total (2 STEPs®) | FALL/SPRING

PT Professional Practice IV | 2

STEPs® IV | 2

Foundational Pediatric Practice | 4

Management of the Complex Patient | 2

Advanced Practice Courses (APC) 4 classes offered | 0-4*

Patient Management (CAMP) 1 class offered| 0-1*

Total Credits | 10 (min) - 15 (max)

 

Session 5: 13 weeks total | SPRING

PT Professional Practice V | 2

Advanced Practice Courses (APC) 8 classes offered | 0-8*

Patient Management (CAMP) 2 classes offered | 0-2*

Total Credits | 6-12

 

Session 6: 9 weeks total | SUMMER

PT Professional Practice VI | 2

Advanced Practice Courses (APC) 4 classes offered | 0-4*

Patient Management (CAMP) 1 class offered| 0-1*

Total Credits | 2 – 7*

*Students are required to take 12 APCs and 2 CAMPs over Sessions 4-6

 

Year Three

Session 7: 24 weeks total | FALL

Terminal Clinical Experience I | 12

Terminal Clinical Experience II | 12

Total Credits | 24

Session 8: 12 weeks total | SPRING

Terminal Clinical Experience III | 12

Total Credits | 12