University of Maryland - Baltimore Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
100 Penn Street 100 S. Penn Street Suite 115 Baltimore MD 21201 United States
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Program Description

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is a three year curriculum beginning in the summer of the first year. The curriculum is integrated through the use of "blocked" courses (blocks), multidisciplinary team teaching, and integrated patient content.

The first year of the program begins with a systems-oriented approach to the foundational sciences and is followed by instruction in the performance of clinically relevant, system-specific and age-appropriate examination and intervention skills. This first year includes two blocks of Professional Issues. The first year also includes integration experiences designed to highlight clinical relevance and critical thinking as well as seminars for Evidence-Based Practice.

The second year of the program introduces the knowledge, skills and clinical decision making necessary for medically complex settings, inpatient and outpatient care settings, and focused instruction in musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders. There is exposure providing community based services, and Seminars for Evidence-Based Practice are in the second year. Woven throughout this year are integration labs for independent practice, heightened patient exposure, and integrated clinical education (ICE) to facilitate synthesis of all information presented thus far in the curriculum. 

The third year is dedicated to 33 weeks of practical experience in a variety of clinical and non-traditional settings, subdivided into three separate clinical experiences. These opportunities are back-loaded in the curriculum to enable the student to possess all needed skills to examine, evaluate, diagnose, and intervene appropriately for primary, secondary, and tertiary physical impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities.

Throughout the curriculum the specific block content is determined by:

* the goals and threads of the curricular plan,

* feedback from clinicians and students,

* The Guide to Physical Therapist Practice, 3.0

* current literature on physical therapy teaching and practice.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum is designed to prepare physical therapy students to function as independent entry-level practitioners upon graduation. 

Program Goals

  • Advance the student's capacity for thinking analytically and critically in spirit of scientific inquiry through facilitated seminars and didactic discussions in the curriculum to ensure a progression of activities that integrate science and clinical practice throughout the curriculum (didactic content and clinical correlates in Year 1 courses and a minimum of 2 seminars per clinical block).
  • Contribute to students professional communication ability with patients, families, and health care providers by offering a minimum of 2 structured clinical learning opportunities in the form of a Case Report and a Core Values Reflection Paper in Full Time Clinical Experiences I, II, or III.
  • Cultivate a level of clinical competence to provide effective, efficient, and humanistic heath care in diverse practice settings by offering professional practice opportunities in a minimum of 3 different settings for each student as part of clinical experiences.
  • Expand the students ability to appreciate research through discussion of design, measurement, and statistical analysis, and engage in knowledge-based applications of scientific evidence for clinical practice to improve the physical therapy profession.
  • Encourage the students participation in a minimum of 2 on-campus and/or community health services and/or professional activities that promote the advancement of the physical therapy profession
  • Promote the students ability to create a lifelong plan of continuing personal and professional development through the development of a professional portfolio throughout the curriculum, required prior to graduation.
  • Promote the provision of clinical service to the citizens of Maryland upon graduation through clinical care, wellness services, and healthcare advocacy. At least 50% of the graduates will be licensed to work in the state of Maryland. The program will provide a minimum of 3 wellness or healthcare advocacy service opportunities each year for student participation.
Program offers a guaranteed freshman admission pathway?
Dual Degrees
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with the PT degree
Doctor of Physical Therapy/PhD (DPT/PhD) dual degree is designated to prepare students for clinical practice and research.

Doctor of Physical Therapy/Master of Public Health (DPT/MPH) dual degree for individuals interested in addressing global health issues beyond direct clinical practice through research, administration and policy development.
Will the professional (entry-level) PT program offer a satellite or branch campus to applicants during the upcoming admissions cycle?
Admission Interviews
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Additional information about interviews

Virtual group interviews are arranged by invitation only. An interview is required prior to final decisions regarding an applicant???s admission status, without exception. The virtual group interview dates are posted on PTRS prospective student webpage.

Is a Deposit Required for Accepted Applicants?
Total cumulative deposit
Additional Information about Deposit
The enrollment deposit is non-refundable.
Deposit Refundable?
Deposits collected on a rolling basis after offer of admission made?
Incoming Class Profile
Anticipated Size of the Next Entering Class
Size of Most Recent Entering Class
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% Two or More Races 
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Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) Status
Program housed at a Minority-Serving Institution Yes
Minority-Serving Institution
Asian America and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI)