Curriculum

The curriculum is conducted in the sequence below totaling 124 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

Structure and Function of the Human Body | 10

Movement Science | 4

Introduction to the Patient Examination | 5

Pain Science | 2

PT Professional 1 | 3

STEPs® 1 | 1

Total Credits | 25

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

Exercise Prescription in the Continuum of Care | 2

Health Care Systems | 2

Foundational Integumentary Practice | 1

Evidenced Based Practice | 2

Prosthetics & Orthotics | 1

Foundational Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Practice | 4

PT Professional Practice 2 | 2

STEPs® 2 | 2

Total Credits | 16

Session 3: 17 weeks total (1 STEPs®/1 break) | SUMMER

Foundational Musculoskeletal Practice | 12

Physical Therapy for the Older Adult | 2

Foundational Neurologic Practice | 8

Foundational Pediatrics Practice | 4

PT Professional Practice 3 | 3

STEPs® 3 | 1

Total Credits | 30

Year Two

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

Management of the Complex Patient | 2

PT Professional Practice 4 | 3

Advanced Practice Course 1 | 1

Advanced Practice Course 2 | 1

Advanced Practice Course 3 | 1

Advanced Practice Course 4 | 1

Advanced Practice Course 5 | 1

Advanced Practice Course 6 | 1

Patient Management 1 | 1

STEPs® 4 | 2

Total Credits | 14

Session 5: 14 weeks total | SPRING

PT Professional Practice 5 | 2

Advanced Practice Course 7 | 1

Advanced Practice Course 8 | 1

Advanced Practice Course 9 | 1

Advanced Practice Course 10 | 1

Advanced Practice Course 11 | 1

Advanced Practice Course 12 | 1

Patient Management 2 | 1

Total Credits | 9

Session 6: 15 weeks total | SUMMER

Terminal Clinical Experience 1 | 15

Total Credits | 15

Year Three

Session 7: 15 weeks total | FALL

Terminal Clinical Experience 2 | 15

Total Credits | 15