Curriculum

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is an integrated curriculum requiring a three-year, full-time commitment. Students complete 40 required courses plus two elective courses for a total of 122 credit hours.

The curriculum is conducted in the sequence below. Download as a PDF.

See a curriculum schematic (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

Semester 1: Fall

PT 601 Clinical STEPs® I 1

PT 602 Body and Brain I 4

PT 603 Applied Physiology I 3

PT 604 Movement Sciences I 3

PT 605 Professional Development I 2

PT 606 Health Promotion across the Lifespan | 2

Total Credits 15

Semester 2: Spring

PT 611 Clinical STEPs® II 1

PT 612 Body and Brain II 3

PT 613 Applied Physiology II 3

PT 614 Movement Sciences II 2

PT 615 Professional Communication I 2

PT 616 Foundational Physical Therapist Examinations | 2

PT 617 Foundational Physical Therapist Interventions | 2

Total Credits 15

Semester 3: Summer

PT 621 Clinical STEPs® III | 2

PT 622 Evidence-Based Practice I 2

PT 623 Cardiopulmonary Patient Management | 2

PT 624 Integumentary Patient Management | 2

PT 625 Diagnostic Imaging | 2

PT 626 Assessing Outcomes of Care | 2

PT 627 Physical Therapist Interventions I 2

Total Credits 14

Year 2

Semester 4: Fall

PT 701 Clinical STEPs® IV | 1

PT 702 Professional Communication II | 2

PT 703 Evidence-Based Practice II | 2

PT 704 Musculoskeletal Patient Management I 3

PT 705 Neurological Patient Management I 4

PT 706 Physical Therapist Interventions II | 3

Total Credits 15

Semester 5: Spring

PT 711 Clinical STEPs® V | 2

PT 712 Health Policy and Health System Design | 2

PT 713 Professional Development II | 2

PT 714 Musculoskeletal Patient Management II | 3

PT 715 Neurological Patient Management II | 4

PT 716 Physical Therapist Interventions III | 2

Total Credits 15

Semester 6: Summer

PT 722 Management of Health Care Delivery | 2

PT 723 Health Promotion & Primary Care Practice | 2

PT 724 Evidence-Based Practice Capstone | 3

PT 725 Elective | 2

PT 726 Elective | 2

Total Credits 11

Year 3

Semester 7, Fall; Semester 8, Spring
PT 801 Clinical Internship I 12 PT 803 Clinical Internship III 12

PT 802 Clinical Internship II 12 PT 804 Professional Development III 1