NSU HPD Catalog 2021-2022

396 Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences—Department of Physical Therapy Course of Study Students will receive a Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) degree upon completion of the course of study. The Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Nova Southeastern University is offered in two distinct formats: A traditional, campus-based D.P.T. program located on our Fort Lauderdale/ Davie Campus and a blended program on our Tampa Bay Regional Campus. The traditional program in Fort Lauderdale is completed in three years, while the blended program in Tampa Bay is completed over four years to accommodate those who need flexibility to work or for personal/geographical reasons. Delivery Methods 1. Fort Lauderdale: Campus-based, using a combination of interactive classroom and online instruction, clinical lab skills training, and clinical education 2. Tampa Bay: Blend of online and face-to-face instruction so that students have three weeks of engaging, online, asynchronous instruction and four days per month (Thursday– Sunday) focusing on hands-on practice, intensive review, and application of information learned online. Face-to-face instruction times are created four years in advance, because this time on-campus is mandatory. Physical Therapy Overview Physical therapists are health care professionals who diagnose and treat movement dysfunction that results in physical impairment and disability. In addition to providing direct patient care services, physical therapists serve as administrators of physical therapy services, educators, and consultants. They screen people for potential risk for movement dysfunction in order to prevent impairment and disability and engage in critical inquiry to conduct and review research. Physical therapists work in a range of settings including acute and subacute care hospitals, rehabilitation centers, outpatient clinics, home health, skilled nursing facilities, school systems, and industrial settings. Physical therapists work as employees of health care systems, may independently contract their services, or own and manage a private practice. In any setting, for every patient, physical therapists perform a history and physical examination; conduct assessments to determine a diagnosis; select, perform, and supervise appropriate physical therapy interventions; and monitor the effectiveness of treatment. Students in both the full-time and the blended program are admitted once annually, in the summer semester. The Fort Lauderdale program includes 40 weeks of full-time clinical education. In the Tampa Bay blended program, clinical education is integrated into the classroom during on-campus institutes in the second and third years and occurs full time for 36 weeks in the fourth year of the program. Accreditation Status The Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Nova Southeastern University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Avenue, Suite 100, Alexandria, VA 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (954) 262-1662 or email ptinfo@nova.edu. Nova Southeastern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate’s, baccalaureate, master’s, educational specialist, doctorate, and professional degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Nova Southeastern University. Physical therapists are licensed in all states and may practice without physician referral in most of them. They are integral members of health care teams in a variety of service systems who serve to improve and maintain the quality of life for millions of people. Nova Southeastern University’s Department of Physical Therapy prepares professional and postprofessional physical therapists with the skills, knowledge, and values to effectively practice, educate, lead, and conduct physical therapy education and research in interprofessional environments. The curricula foster clinical inquiry and reasoning, professionalism, and evidence-based practice. The programs facilitate accessibility to physical therapist education through innovative instructional delivery models and promote intellectual curiosity, reflection, and lifelong learning skills. Faculty members, students, and alumni actively participate in the profession through scholarship, service, collaboration, mentoring, and serving those in need of PT services locally, nationally, and globally. Department of Physical Therapy Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)

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