Graduate Curriculum Committee Minutes

December 7, 2004


Members Present:         Barbara Eide, Carol Angell, Mark Zellmer, Jonathan Majak, Dennis Fater, Jeff Steffen


Members Absent:          Brad Seebach (exc.), Thomas Kuffel, Joel Elgin, Adam Rotar (student member), Sam Foos (student member)


Consultants:                  Diane Schumacher, Karen Mc Lean, Bruce May, Dean Stroud


Guests:                         Paul Reuteman, Gwyneth Straker, Kim Harbst, Mike Winfrey, Diane Sewell, Michele Thorman, Jeri Anibas


  1. M/S/P to approve minutes of November 16, 2004


2.   Second Readings: Proposal # 6, CLI 440/540, Clinical Parasitology, 1 cr., revise instructional pattern, prerequisites, convert to slash course.  Effective spring 2005

Delete MIC 407 from prerequisites, change from summer to Sem II offering, not open to students who have earned credits in BIO 406/506 added to prerequisites.


      M/S/P to approve proposal


Proposal #7, Doctor in Physical Therapy, 112 cr., new program, effective summer 2005.

Physical Therapists are health professionals educated at the doctoral level with expertise in the area of diagnosing and treating patients who have movement disorders. A professional doctoral degree involves extensive study over a wide range of courses integrating basic sciences with skilled professional practice. The practitioner must exhibit strong clinical skills and reasoning based on evidence-based rationale.  Graduates will be able to enter practice with skills required to independently examine, evaluate, diagnose, render a prognosis, and assess outcomes for interventions in the management of impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities of the cardiopulmonary, musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and integumentary systems. Graduates will also be able to advocate and negotiate on behalf of high-quality health care, the consumer, and the profession.


The Doctor in Physical Therapy Degree represents a partnership between the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. This collaborative inter-institutional relationship is designed to maximize educational opportunities, promote the use of shared resources for research and scholarly activities, and enhance creative endeavors for students, program graduates and faculty. 


The graduate-level professional curriculum is nine semesters long. Six semesters will emphasize classroom and laboratory learning and take place on the UW-L campus. The final three semesters (36 weeks) will be comprised of internships that take place off-campus and culminate with students returning to campus for a one-week debriefing session where they will present an assigned clinical project. The purpose of the internship is to allow students to mentor under a master clinician to ensure that didactic knowledge translates into skill. Internship sites are selected based upon their learning environment and clinical instructors and are located nationwide.  To be licensed to practice as a physical therapist, program graduates must also pass the National Physical Therapy Examination administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.






Entrance into the program is competitive. Each year approximately 44 students are selected for the entry-level track based on academic and personal qualifications considered necessary for a successful and competent entry-level physical therapist   The program has a rolling admissions policy and students are accepted until the class is filled.  Students are accepted during the months of November and January therefore, it is to your advantage to apply early.


There are two paths for entrance into the program.  Students who are seeking an entry-level degree in physical therapy will enter the program using the Entry-level Track.  Students who are already licensed physical therapists will enter the program using the Transitional Track.


Entry-level Track

Students seeking admission to the entry-level track DPT program must have:

·                     completed all pre-requisite coursework at time of entry into the program.

·                     submitted scores on the general test portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE); test

             taken within the last five years.

·                     achieved an undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0.

·                     completed undergraduate degree by the time of entry into the program.*

·                     completed at least two 20-hour clinical experiences under the supervision of a licensed PT

             with clinical letters of recommendation.

·                     Prior acceptance into the Graduate School under a separate admissions process.


*Select students may be able to enter the program prior to receiving their undergraduate degree under dual-degree agreements.  At UW-L such agreements exist with the Departments of Physics and Biology.  At UW-M, the “Pathways to PT” agreements formalized with PT Programs in Wisconsin for Pre-PT students in the BS Kinesiology Program will be evaluated as an equivalent mechanism for early admission.


Transitional Track (pending approval)

This track is planned to be a flexible program to accommodate employed PTs and will be offered in partnership with UW-Milwaukee

Students seeking admission to the Transitional Track must have:

·                     a physical therapy degree from an accredited PT Program.

·                     a valid license to practice physical therapy.

·                     submitted their professional credentials for review using the Physical Therapist Evaluation 

      Tool programs where a PTET analysis has been completed.

Prerequisite Requirements


All applicants must successfully complete the following prerequisite courses:




General Biology


Human Anatomy/Physiology






Algebra/Trigonometry or Calculus*







*Beginning 2006 students will be required to have 3 credits of Psychology and 3 credits of Sociology;  Algebra/Trigonometry or Calculus will NOT be required.


Degree Completion Requirements


Prior to granting the degree, students will be expected to:

·          maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout the professional program.

·          complete all didactic coursework requirements.

·          complete 36 weeks of clinical internships, obtaining “entry-level” marks on all 24 performance dimensions of the physical therapy clinical performance instrument by their final internship.  (Transitional Track students are exempt from this requirement).

·          obtain “Entry-level” status on the PT-specific Core Abilities assessment form (Transitional Track students are exempt from this requirement).

·          return to campus upon completion of the internships and present a capstone project during the professional practice-debriefing course.  An example of a capstone project might be a document of publishable quality directed at making a contribution to the evidence supporting practice (e.g., a case report, a meta-analysis, a Single-Subject Designed Research Project, an annotated bibliography, or a Review of the Literature).


DPT 411/511, Human Gross Anatomy, 6 cr.

DPT 412/512, Medical Physiology, 4 cr.

DPT 421/521, Applied Anatomical Assessment, 1 cr.

DPT 431/531, Introduction to Physical Therapy Practice, 2 cr.

DPT 413/513, Biomechanics & Kinesiology of Movement, 3 cr.

DPT 414/514, Functional Neuroanatomy, 3 cr.

DPT 415/515, Motor Control, Motor Learning, and Motor Development, 2 cr.

DPT 416/516, Physiological Regulation of Exertion and Disease, 2 cr.

DPT 422/522, Foundations of the Examination Process, 5 cr.

DPT423/523, Physical Agents, 3 cr.

DPT 541, Foundations of Clinical Research, 2 cr.

DPT 442/542, Research and Applied Statistics, 3 cr.

DPT 443/543, Instrumentation, 2 cr.

DPT 611, Pathophysiology, 2 cr.

DPT 621, Scientific Principles of Intervention, 5 cr.

DPT 622, Physical Therapy Management of the Cardiovascular/Pulmonary System, 3 cr.

DPT 623, Integument System, 2 cr.

DPT 631, Professionalism and the Ethos of Care, 3 cr.

DPT 641, Evidence-based Practice: Levels of Evidence, 1 cr.

DPT 651, Fieldwork: Introduction to Clinical Learning, 1 cr.

DPT 751, Fieldwork: General Practice, 2 cr.

DPT 711, Phamacology, 2 cr.

DPT 712, Clinical Radiography, 1 cr.

DPT 721, Musculoskeletal Evaluation & Treatment: Spine, 3 cr.

DPT 722, Musculoskeletal Evaluation and Treatment: Lower Extremity, 3 cr.

DPT 723, Adult Neurorehabilitative Physical Therapy, 4 cr.

DPT 724, Survey of Health & Wellness in Physical Therapy Practice, 2 cr.

DPT 725, Musculoskeletal Evaluation and Treatment: Upper Extremity, 3 cr.

DPT 726, Pediatric Neurorehabilitative Physical Therapy, 4 cr.

DPT 727, Case-based Clinical Decision making-Interventions, 2 cr.

DPT 732, Clinical Teaching and Patient Education, 2 cr.

DPT 733, Health Care Systems & Administration, 3 cr.

DPT 741, Evidenced Based Practice – Interventions, 1 cr.

DPT 742, Research Practicum, 1 cr.

DPT 743, Evidence Based Practice – Tests and Measures, 1 cr.

DPT 851, Internship: Inpatient-acute/rehab, 6 cr.

DPT 831, Clinical Decision Making in an Inpatient Care/Rehab Setting, 1 cr.

DPT 852, Internship: Outpatient Orthopedic, 6 cr.

DPT 832, Clinical Decision Making in an Outpatient Orthopedic Setting, 1 cr.

DPT 853, Internship: Autonomous Practice, 6 cr.

DPT 833, Clinical Decision Making in Autonomous Practice, 1 cr.

DPT 854, Internship Debriefing, 1 cr.


   1.  The program has revised the admissions information on 138C summary to more accurately reflect the competitive nature of the admissions process.

 2.  ESS department was consulted regarding potential overlap between ESS courses. The department has no objection to the creation of the DPT courses.

  3.   DPT 412/512 is not intended to be cross-listed with OT.

  4.   DPT 414/514 and DPT 611 are now cross-listed with OT. OT agreed to re-number their courses and amended LX forms were submitted.

5.      PAS has agreed to re-number their anatomy course to be consistent with DPT 411/511; the amended LX forms were submitted.

  6.   DPT 631 course description was improved by adding “Course will emphasize serving divers patient  populations.”

  7.   DPT 651 will be offered J-term

  8.   DPT 742 was amended to reflect that the course will be letter grade

9.     DPT 724 the course description was revised.


     Complete course descriptions are available in the Records and Registration Office.


M/S/P to approve proposal with the changes submitted.


3.  First Reading: Proposal # 8, SPA 527, Spanish for Teachers, 1 cr., new course, effective    spring 2005

     A review of selected essential concepts of Spanish grammar with a focus on developing effective  

     strategies for teaching them to beginning Spanish students.  Prerequisites: SPA 303 and SPA 304

     and one additional 300-level course in Spanish.  Offered Sem II.


     M/S/P to waive second reading and approve proposal


     Consent agenda: The following number changes are being made so they coincide with the

     courses they are cross-listed with in DPT

O-T 415/515, Functional Neuroanatomy, 3cr., changing course number from 425/525 to


     O-T 611, Pathophysiology, 2 cr., changing course number from 627 to 611

     PAS 511, Human Gross Anatomy, 6 cr., changing course number from 621 to 511


     M/S/P to approve


4.       Old Business: None

5.       New Business: None


Meeting adjourned at 4:10 p.m. The next GCC meeting is set for February 1, 2005


Diane Schumacher

GCC Secretary