Combined Athletic Training (AT) and Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Degree

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Select candidates from high school may apply to the combined AT-DPT degree. Upon completion of four years of study, students will receive a bachelor of science in athletic training/sports medicine and will be guaranteed admission into the three-year graduate DPT program. All preprofessional requirements of the professional graduate DPT program are required for those students selected for admission into the combined AT-DPT degree.

Students enrolled in the athletic training program, or other majors that provide prerequisite requirements for the graduate DPT program may apply for entry into the three-year doctor of physical therapy graduate program using the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) during the senior year of their BS program. Admission is competitive and is based on performance and space availability. 

Freshmen enrolled in the dual major AT-DPT program with the guarantee of admission into the graduate DPT program based upon successful completion of requirements must complete the AT-BS program prior to enrollment in the graduate DPT program. If students enrolled in the AT-DPT dual program do not complete the AT-BS, they must re-apply to the DPT program via the centralized application process.

See physical therapy for required standards to successfully complete the preprofessional component of that program. Additionally, all athletic training classes must be completed with a B- or better and an overall GPA of 3.2.

Curriculum for four-year BS in Athletic Training (4+3) AT-DPT majors

Curriculum for four-year BS in Athletic Training for freshman entry (4+3) AT-DPT majors
A total of 132 credits is required for completion of the BS in athletic training.

Course Title Credits
Fall Semester, First Year
BIO 101/101L (UC) General Biology I with lab 4
CHE 110/110L General Chemistry I with lab 4
EN 101 (UC) Elements of Composition I 3
UC Fine Arts 3
QU 101 The Individual in the Community 3
Total 17
Spring Semester, First Year
AT 114 Introduction to AT/SM 2
AT 115 Introduction to Kinesiology 3
AT 116 Introduction to Fitness and Conditioning* 2
BIO 102 (UC) Science 4
CHE 111/111L General Chemistry II with lab 4
EN 102 (UC) Elements of Composition II 3
Total 18


Course Title Credits
Fall Semester, Second Year
AT 214 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries* 3
AT 216 Emergency Management of Athletic Trauma* 3
AT 250 Introduction to Evaluation and Treatment of Musculoskeletal Injury* 4
BIO 211 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
MA 275 Quantitative Literacy (UC) 3
Total 17
Spring Semester, Second Year
AT 215 Therapeutic Modalities* 4
AT 210 Evidence-Based Practice 2
AT 251 Evaluation and Treatment of the Lower Extremity Musculoskeletal Injuries* 4
AT 290 Clinical Practicum I* 3
BIO 212 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
Total 17



Course Title Credits
Fall Semester, Third Year
AT 330 Nutrition for Sports and Fitness 3
AT 350 Evaluation and Treatment of the Upper Extremity Musculoskeletal Injuries* 4
AT 390 Clinical Practicum II* 3
BMS 200 Physiology of Human Performance I 4
QU 201 The National Community 3
Total 17
Spring Semester, Third Year
AT 351 General Medical Assessment and Treatment* 4
AT 352 Evaluation and Treatment of Spinal Injuries* 4
AT 391 Clinical Practicum III* 1
BMS 301 Physiology of Human Performance II 4
PSY 101 Social Sciences (UC) 3
Total 16

Course Title Credits
Fall Semester, Fourth Year
AT 450 Administration and Management 3
AT 490 Clinical Practicum IV* 1
PHY 110 General Physics I with lab 4
PSY 272 Abnormal Psychology 3
QU 301 Seminar on Global Community 3
Total 14
Spring Semester, Fourth Year
AT 491 Clinical Practicum V* 3
MA 141 Calculus of a Single Variable (UC) 3
PHY 111 General Physics II with lab 4
UC Humanities 3
UC Humanities 3
Total 16


Total credits 132
*These AT courses have a laboratory and/or clinical component

Curriculum for three-year BS in Health Science Studies (3+3) PT majors

Curriculum for three-year BS in Health Science Studies for freshman entry (3+3) PT majors
A total of 122 credits is required for completion of the BS in health science studies.

Course Title Credits
First Year, Fall Semester
BIO 101/101L (UC) General Biology I with lab 4
CHE 110/110L General Chemistry I with lab 4
EN 101 (UC) Elements of Composition I 3
MA Quantitative Literacy (MA 141 Calculus I, program requirement) 3
QU 101 The Individual in the Community 3
Total 17
First Year, Spring Semester
BIO 102/102L (UC) General Biology II with lab 4
CHE 111/111L General Chemistry II with lab 4
EN 102 (UC) Elements of Composition II 3
UC Social Sciences elective (PS 101 General Psychology) 3
UC Humanities Elective 3
Total 17
First Year, Summer, Online
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total 6


Course Title Credits
Second Year, Fall Semester
BIO 211/211L Anatomy & Physiology I with lab 4
PHY 110/110L General Physics I with lab 4
MA 275 Biostatistics 3
MSS 150 Speech as Communication 3
QU 201 National Community 3
Total 17
Second Year, Spring Semester
BIO 212/212L Anatomy & Physiology II with lab 4
PHY 111/111L General Physics II with lab 4
UC Humanities elective 3
HSC 315 Bioethical Issues in the 21st Century 3
or PL 222 Ethics in Biomedical Research & Health Care Delivery
QU 301 Global Community
Total 17
Second Year, Summer, Online
UC Social Science elective (Abnormal Psychology) 3
UC Elective 3
Total 6



Course Title Credits
Third Year, Fall Semester
BMS 300 Human Performance Physiology I with lab 4
BMS 200 Biology of Aging 3
Elective 3
UC Fine Arts elective 3
Elective 3
Total 16
Third Year, J-Term, Online
Elective 3
Total 3
Third Year, Spring Semester
BMS 301 Human Performance Physiology II with lab 4
AT 440 Biomechanics 3
AT 214/214L Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries with lab 4
HSC 262 Nutrition in Health & Illness 3
HM 404 Legal Aspects of Health Care Delivery 3
Total 17
Third Year, Summer, Online
Elective courses 6
Total 6


Total Credits: 122


Curriculum for four-year BS in Health Science Studies (3+3) PT majors

Curriculum for four-year BS in Health Science Studies for freshman entry (4+3) PT majors
A total of 122 credits is required for completion of the BS in health science studies.

Course Title Credits
Fall Semester, First Year
BIO 101/101L (UC) General Biology I with lab 4
CHE 110/110L General Chemistry I with lab 4
EN 101 (UC) Elements of Composition I 3
MA 141 Calculus 3
QU 101 The Individual in the Community 3
Total 17
Spring Semester, First Year
BIO 102/102L (UC) General Biology II with lab 4
CHE 111/111L General Chemistry II with lab 4
EN 102 (UC) Elements of Composition II 3
UC Social Sciences elective (PS 101 General Psychology) 3
UC Humanities Elective 3
Total 17


Course Title Credits
Fall Semester, Second Year
BIO 212/212L Anatomy & Physiology I with lab 4
MA 275 Biostatistics 3
QU 201 National Community 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total 16
Spring Semester, Second Year
BIO 212/212L Anatomy & Physiology II with lab 4
UC Social Sciences elective 3
MS 150 Speech as Communication 3
UC Fine Arts elective 3
Elective 3
Total 16



Course Title Credits
Fall Semester, Third Year
BMS 300 Human Performance Physiology I with lab 4
PHY 110/110L General Physics I with lab 4
QU 301 Global Community 3
BMS 200 Biology of Aging 3
Total 14
Spring Semester, Third Year
BMS 301 Human Performance Physiology II with lab 4
PHY 111/111L General Physics II with lab 4
HSC 262 Nutrition in Health & Illness 3
Elective 3
Total 14

Course Title Credits
Fall Semester, Fourth Year
AT 440 Biomechanics 3
HSC 315 Bioethical Issues in the 21st Century 3
or PL 222 Ethics in Biomedical Research & Health Care Delivery 3
Elective 3
UC Humanities elective 3
Elective 3
Total 15
Spring Semester, Fourth Year
AT 214/214L Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries with lab 4
HM 404 Legal Aspects of Health Administration 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total 13


Total credits 122
The sequencing of course work for the three- or four-year preprofessional track is flexible; however, all requirements in the curriculum must be completed prior to entry into the graduate DPT program.

Three-year Post-bachelor's DPT degree curriculum

Three-year Post-bachelor's Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT degree) for freshman entry PT students, internal and external transfer BS students
A total of 112 credits is required for completion of the DPT.

Course Title Credits
Fall Semester, First Year
PT 501 Introduction to Clinical Decision Making 1
PT 512 Human Anatomy I 4
PT 505 Kinesiology I 3
PT 503 Physical Therapy Process I 2
PT 514 Neuroanatomy I 2
PT 519 Issues/Topics in Physical Therapy 2
PT 569 Education/Community Health Wellness 2
Total 16
Spring Semester, First Year
PT 513 Human Anatomy 4
PT 506 Kinesiology II 2
PT 515 Neuroanatomy II 2
PT 504 Physical Therapy Process II 2
PT 528 Musculoskeletal II 4
PT 502 Introduction to Clinical Decision Making 3
Total 17
Summer Semester
PT 531 Acute Care & Cardiopulmonary I 4
PT 520 Pathophysiology I 3
PT 523 Applied Pharmacology I 1
PT 529 Musculoskeletal II 4
PT 548 Physical Agents 3
Total 15


Course Title Credits
Fall Semester, Second Year
PT 606 Introduction to Physical Therapy Research (hybrid) 2
PT 671 Clinical Education I (10-12 weeks) 4
PT 675 Normal/Abnormal Gait (online) 1
Total 7
Spring Semester, Second Year
PT 603 Clinical Decision Making 1
PT 666 Research Application 2
PT 629 Musculoskeletal III 3
PT 626 Pathophysiology II 3
PT 627 Applied Pharmacology II 1
PT 628 Acute Care & Cardiopulmonary II 3
PT 664 Neurological Rehabilitation I 4
Total 17
Summer Semester
PT 659 Advanced Clinical Decision Making 1
PT 668 Psychosocial Aspects of Physical Disability 2
PT 658 Differential Diagnosis 3
PT 665 Neurological Rehabilitation II 3
PT 661 Administration & Management 3
PT 657 Diagnostic Imaging 3
Total 15



Course Title Credits
Fall Semester, Third Year
PT 736 Neurological Rehabilitation III 3
PT 749 PTP Selected Topics in Rehabilitation 3
PT 768 Professional Issues in PT 2
PT 767 Capstone Research Project 2
PT 759 Advanced Clinical Decision Making 1
PT 744 Manual Therapy/PT Skills Elective 2
Total 13
Spring & Summer Semesters, Third Year
PT 781-782 Clinical Internships Total 14


Total Credits: 112