Hybrid Program Course Schedule

The hybrid Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is a three-year, full-time program.

The systems-based curriculum integrates online coursework, an engaging virtual classroom experience, on-campus immersions and a total of 50 weeks of clinical experiences that begin in the first year. Through corresponding coursework and clinical rotations, students develop their knowledge and expertise as they are taught by USC’s globally recognized faculty.

Learn more about individual DPT@USC courses and explore the course schedule of each year below.

Year 1

Courses

Courses
12 Courses

On-Campus Immersions

On-Campus Immersions
4 On-Campus Immersions

Clinical Experiences

Clinical Experiences
1 Clinical Experience

Semester 1a

(5 Credits)

Courses

Cellular and Systems Physiology PT 509 | 3 Credits | Course

Courses

Evidence for Physical Therapist Practice PT 561a | 2 Credits | Course

Semester 1b

(12 Credits)

Courses

Musculoskeletal Anatomy PT 514L | 4 Credits | Course

Courses

Basics of Patient Management PT 521L | 4 Credits | Course

Courses

Mechanics of Human Gait (Movement Analysis I)PT 582 | 2 Credits | Course

Courses

Clinical ImagingPT 606 | 2 Credits | Course

On-Campus Immersions

Immersion No. 1On-Campus Immersion

On-Campus Immersions

Immersion No. 2On-Campus Immersion

Semester 2

(19 Credits)

Courses

Therapeutic Exercise PT 530a | 2 Credits | Course

Courses

Analytical Anatomy PT 554L | 3 Credits | Course

Courses

Evidence for Physical Therapist PracticePT 561b | 2 Credits | Course

Courses

Disorders of the Musculoskeletal SystemPT 566 | 3 Credits | Course

Courses

Clinical Biomechanics (Movement Analysis II)PT 574 | 3 Credits | Course

Courses

Clinical Management of The Patient with Musculoskeletal DysfunctionPT 621 | 5 Credits | Course

Clinical Experience

2-Week Clinical Experience1PT 600a | 1 Credit | Clinical Experience

On-Campus Immersions

Immersion No. 3On-Campus Immersion

On-Campus Immersions

Immersion No. 4On-Campus Immersion

1 PT 600A includes both a classroom course and a clinical experience component. Return to footnote reference

Year 2

Courses

Courses
15 Courses

On-Campus Immersions

On-Campus Immersions
4 On-Campus Immersions

Clinical Experiences

Clinical Experiences
2 Clinical Experiences

Summer

(9 Credits)

Courses

Principles of Disease PT 516 | 1 Credit | Course

Courses

Special Topics in Therapeutic Exercise PT 530b | 2 Credits | Course

Courses

Therapeutic Application of Physical AgentsPT 551L | 3 Credits | Course

Clinical Experience

6-Week Clinical ExperiencePT 600b | 3 Credits | Clinical Experience

On-Campus Immersions

Immersion No. 5On-Campus Immersion

Semester 3

(18 Credits)

Courses

Neuroanatomy PT 534L | 3 Credits | Course

Courses

Pathology of Cardiopulmonary Disease and General Medical ConditionsPT 536 | 3 Credits | Course

Courses

Clinical PharmacologyPT 539 | 1 Credit | Course

Courses

Clinical Exercise PhysiologyPT 549L | 4 Credits | Course

Courses

Evidence for Physical Therapist PracticePT 561c | 2 Credits | Course

Courses

Clinical Management of Cardiopulmonary DysfunctionPT 571L | 4 Credits | Course

Clinical Experience

2-Week Clinical ExperiencePT 600c | 1 Credit | Clinical Experience

On-Campus Immersions

Immersion No. 6On-Campus Immersion

Semester 4

(17 Credits)

Courses

Neuropathology PT 546 | 3 Credits | Course

Courses

Evidence for Physical Therapist PracticePT 561d | 2 Credits | Course

Courses

Fundamentals of NeurosciencePT 569 | 4 Credits | Course

Courses

Clinical Management of the Patient With Neurological DysfunctionPT 581L | 5 Credits | Course

Courses

Clinical ElectrophysiologyPT 583L | 1 Credit | Course

Courses

Life Span Motor ControlPT 529 | 2 Credits | Course

On-Campus Immersions

Immersion No. 7On-Campus Immersion

On-Campus Immersions

Immersion No. 8On-Campus Immersion

Year 3

Courses

Courses
5 Courses

On-Campus Immersions

On-Campus Immersions
2 On-Campus Immersions

Clinical Experiences

Clinical Experiences
3 Clinical Experiences

Summer

(11 Credits)

Courses

Evidence for Physical Therapist Practice PT 561e | 2 Credits | Course

Courses

Differential Diagnosis in Physical TherapyPT 650 | 2 Credits | Course

Courses

Emerging TopicsPT 599 | 3 Credits | Course

Clinical Experience

8-Week Clinical ExperiencePT 600d | 4 Credits | Clinical Experience

Semesters 5 and 6

(24 Credits)

Courses

Integrated Patient Management Clinical Skills PT 630 | 6 Credits | Course

Courses

Integrated Patient Management Seminar PT 632 | 5 Credits | Course

Clinical Experience

16-Week Integrated Terminal Clinical Education Experience With Academic Integration1 PT 660 | 5 Credits | Clinical Experience

Clinical Experience

16-Week Terminal Full-Time Clinical Education Experience1 PT 665 | 8 Credits | Clinical Experience

On-Campus Immersions

Immersion No. 9On-Campus Immersion

On-Campus Immersions

Immersion No. 10On-Campus Immersion

1 Note: The Full-Time Clinical Education Experience can occur in either the fifth or sixth semester. The Director of Clinical Education determines when each student completes the integrated or full-time terminal clinical education experience. Return to footnote reference

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