DPT Curriculum

The entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Kean follows a hybrid curricular model including many planned, advanced learning experiences such as: problem-based learning, integrated clinical experiences, clinical grand rounds, and hybrid course delivery. The program includes a total of 42 weeks of full-time clinical practice experiences. In addition, the program will include 240 hours of integrated clinical experiences for students, to accompany their major clinical-didactic courses, and have the application of knowledge reinforced throughout the duration of the program. 
Through this curricular model, students will progress from the acquisition of, to the application of knowledge and psychomotor skill during each semester of the program. Students will have an early introduction to the application of knowledge in clinical settings, beginning in their second semester. They will gain an early understanding of clinical practice environments and the importance of clinical outcomes in physical therapy. Throughout their varied classroom and clinical practice experiences, students will also gain a comprehensive understanding of the importance of autonomy, advocacy, leadership, and management within physical therapy practice, as part of an evolving heath care system. 
Curriculum highlights include:
  • Team-based human gross anatomy course with cadaver dissection
  • Systems-based approach to clinical evaluation, differential diagnosis and intervention
  • Problem-based learning component within clinically oriented courses
  • Interprofessional Grand Rounds series 
  • Research and Evidence-based practice series, with emphasis on clinical outcomes, culminating in a faculty-mentored project focused on patient outcomes
  • Management and Leadership Development series emphasizing business acumen required for business leadership development within the profession
  • 42 weeks of full-time clinical education, and 240 hours of integrated clinical education, specifically linked to clinical content within a given curricular year

Year 1
Semester One - Summer

DPT 6003 Human Gross and Surface Anatomy  7 credits
DPT 6010 Human Physiology 3 credits
DPT 6100 Foundational Aspects of Physical Therapy Practice 3 credits

Year 1
Semester Two- Fall

DPT 6110 PT Management of the Musculoskeletal System I 5 credits
DPT 6020 Clinical Neuroscience 4 credits
DPT 6120 Kinesiology and Biomechanics 3 credits
DPT 6200 Contemporary Issues in Healthcare 2 credits
DPT 6300 Clinical Grand Rounds I 1 credit
DPT 6600 Integrated Clinical Experience I 1 credit

Year 1
Semester Three - Spring

DPT 6111 PT Management of the Musculoskeletal System II 5 credits
DPT 6340 Research and Evidence-Based Practice I 3 credits
DPT 6130 Exercise Physiology 3 credits
DPT 6030 Pharmacology 2 credits
DPT 6140 Electrotherapeutic Modalities in Physical Therapy 2 credits
DPT 6310 Clinical Grand Rounds II 1 credit
DPT 6610 Integrated Clinical Experience II 1 credit


Year 2


DPT 6700 Clinical Practicum I 9 credits
DPT 6040 Applied Clinical Imaging 1 credit
DPT 6500 Doctoral Seminar I 1 credit

Year 2

DPT 6150 PT Management of the Nervous System I 5 credits
DPT 6160 PT Management of the Cardiopulmonary System 4 credits
DPT 6341 Research and Evidence-Based Practice II 3 credits
DPT 6250 Psychosocial Aspects of Physical Therapy 3 credits
DPT 6320 Clinical Grand Rounds III 1 credit
DPT 6620 Integrated Clinical Experience III 1 credit

Year 2

DPT 6131 Health Promotion and Wellness Through Education 3 credits
DPT 6151 PT Management of the Nervous System II 5 credits
DPT 6210 Ethics, Advocacy and Leadership in Healthcare 3 credits
DPT 6220 Clinical Practice Management 3 credits
DPT 6330 Clinical Grand Rounds IV 1 credit
DPT 6630 Integrated Clinical Experience IV  1 credit


Year 3

DPT 6170 Human Growth and Development 4 credits
DPT 6180 Integrative/Multisystem Physical Therapy 3 credits
DPT 6230 Independent Study 3 credits
DPT 6190 Critical Analysis of Complex Patient Management 2 credits
DPT 6240 Accountability and Documentation in Physical Therapy 1 credit

Year 3

DPT 6800 Clinical Practicum II 12 credits
DPT 6510 Doctoral Seminar II 1 credit

Year 3

DPT 6900 Clinical Practicum III 12 credits
DPT 6520 Doctoral Seminar III 1 credit


Public Notice of Candidacy

Effective May 2016, Kean University has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org). Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation. Furthermore, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation. More information about the accreditation process through Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) can be found at http://www.capteonline.org/

1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA  22314
phone 703-706-3245