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Old Dominion University

2014-2015 Catalog

School of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training

3118 Health Sciences Building
757- 683-4519

Martha Walker, Chair
George Maihafer, Graduate Program Director

Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is designed to professionally prepare students with the knowledge and clinical experiences to become licensed physical therapists who will enter general physical therapy practice. Upon graduation, students will be prepared to sit for licensure in any United States jurisdiction and practice in any health care setting where physical therapy is offered. The curriculum consists of 117 credit hours over a three-year period of time including summers. There are five full-time clinical internships totaling 40 weeks. The first three are completed over the second and third summers, with the final 16 weeks of clinical education occurring in the spring semester preceding graduation. A variety of clinical facilities locally, throughout Virginia, and the United States are used for internship experiences. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to these off-campus clinical sites.

Requirements for Admission

Students are admitted to the program after completion of a bachelor’s degree and prerequisite course work. The application deadline is November 1 of each year, and the program begins the last week in June. Specific procedures for admission must be followed including the verification of meeting the technical standards. Admission into the program is competitive.

An application to the University and a separate application to the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) must be submitted. The PTCAS website will be open to applicants August 1 each year at www.PTCAS.org. Deadline for application submission is November 1 each year.  Please follow the directions for application found at the PTCAS site.

A competitive admission process is used for determining acceptance. Excellent ODU students may qualify for guaranteed entry into the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. For criteria and additional information, please contact the Pre-Health Undergraduate Advisor from Exercise Science (757) 683-4995 or College of Health Sciences advisor at (757) 683-5137.

Degree Requirements

Prerequisite courses include the following:

STAT 130MElementary Statistics3
BIOL 121NGeneral Biology I3
BIOL 122NGeneral Biology I Lab1
BIOL 123NGeneral Biology II3
BIOL 124NGeneral Biology II Lab1
BIOL 250Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIOL 251Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
Two semesters of Chemistry, including labs8
Two semesters of Physics, including labs8
An introductory course in Biomechanics or Kinesiology recommended but not required
Total Hours38

 Students are required to pass written and oral comprehensive examinations prior to graduation. Comprehensive examinations take place in the final academic semester prior to the terminal two clinical internships.

Curriculum Schedule
Year 1
PT 621Introduction to Physical Therapy2
BIOL 889Gross Anatomy6
PT 627Theory and Practice I4
PT 630Concepts in Histology for Physical Therapy1
PT 634Clinical Sciences I3
PT 640Patient Evaluation I3
PT 655Clinical Problem Solving I2
PT 665Biomechanics/Kinesiology I3
PT 792Neuroscience I3
PT 628Theory and Practice II4
PT 635Clinical Sciences II3
PT 641Patient Evaluation II3
PT 656Clinical Problem Solving II2
PT 666Biomechanics/Kinesiology II2
PT 638Exercise Physiology2
PT 793Neuroscience II3
Year 2
PT 669Clinical Internship I4
PT 810Scientific Inquiry I3
PT 826Theory and Practice III4
PT 836Clinical Sciences III3
PT 842Patient Evaluation III3
PT 857Clinical Problem Solving III2
PT 884Clinical Teaching and Professional Communication3
PT 822Scientific Inquiry II2
PT 827Theory and Practice IV4
PT 837Clinical Sciences IV3
PT 858Clinical Problem Solving IV2
PT 865Prosthetics and Orthotics3
PT 881Management of Special Populations2
PT 895Topics in Physical Therapy I1
Year Three
PT 871Clinical Internship II4
PT 872Clinical Internship III4
PT 892Scientific Inquiry Seminar2
PT 880Psychosocial Aspects of Patient Care2
PT 882Practice Management3
PT 890Differential Diagnosis Seminar3
PT 883Professional Issues in Physical Therapy2
PT 891Seminar in Integrative Case Reports3
PT 896Topics in Physical Therapy II1
PT 873Clinical Internship IV4
PT 874Clinical Internship V4
Total Hours117

Athletic Training - Master of Science in Athletic Training

Bonnie Van Lunen, Graduate Program Director of Athletic Training
School of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training
3118B Health Sciences Building

This degree is designed to prepare athletic trainers for advanced study in the areas of research, clinical application, and education. The associated course work will involve exploration of lower extremity injury management strategies, advanced clinical practice techniques, and preparation of the entry level educator.

Admission and Entrance Requirements

Students must have:

  1. a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.0 in the undergraduate major courses;
  2. the Board of Certification credential for certification as an Athletic Trainer, OR eligibility to take the Board of Certification examination; and
  3. a score of at least 291 (900 by former scoring standard) between quantitative and verbal on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for admission to regular status.

Acceptance into the graduate school does not imply automatic acceptance into the athletic training program. All applicants must complete the application materials for the Office of Graduate Admissions, and the Athletic Training Selection Committee will then invite qualified candidates for an on campus interview.  If the applicant is unable to interview on campus, then a phone interview will be scheduled.  The application deadline is January 1, however applications will be reviewed as soon as they are complete.  Applications will also be accepted after the deadline until all positions are filled.

Continuance and Exit Requirements

Students must meet all requirements for continuance as outlined in the graduate continuance policy for the University. Students completing the program of study must:

  1. have an overall grade point average of 3.0;
  2. have a GPA of 3.0 in the major;
  3. demonstrate writing proficiency;
  4. satisfy all course competencies;
  5. pass a comprehensive examination;
  6. complete a research project or thesis;
  7. have an exit interview with the program director; and
  8. file the necessary paperwork for graduation.


Core courses
AT 628The Spine: Evaluation and Rehabilitation3
AT 756Education in Athletic Training4
AT 657Lower Extremity Injury Management Strategies3
AT 691Gross Anatomy for Sports Medicine Clinicians4
AT 626Advanced Orthopaedic Evaluation and Rehabilitation3
Research Core6
Integration of Evidence for Clinical Decision Making in Sports Medicine
Statistical Techniques for Clinical Decision Making in Sports Medicine
Requirements for different tracks are as follows:18
Thesis Track
Includes 6 credit hours for Thesis and 12 credit hours for electives.
Electives (12 credit hours)
Research-Problem Track
Athletic Training Research I
Athletic Training Research II
Athletic Training Research III
Electives (12 credit hours)
Total Hours41

Center for Brain Research and Rehabilitation

The School of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training has opened a 3,800 square foot research facility with a large gait/movement assessment area, a room for virtual reality and rehabilitation studies, a multipurpose room for neurologic testing, and office space for faculty and graduate students. A primary research focus relates to neuromechanical basis of human movement under healthy and pathological conditions, with more clinically oriented studies on methods to improve gait and function in people with neurologic impairments. Lab Director Dr. Steven Morrison is a leading researcher in identifying risks for falling and testing interventions to prevent falls. This research laboratory is designed for multidisciplinary use by faculty and graduate students in Physical Therapy, Human Movement Sciences, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. Collaboration among disciplines and with the Virginia Modeling and Simulation Center (VMASC) allows us to participate in exciting research projects exploring new technology in rehabilitation.

ODU Monarch Physical Therapy

The School of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training, with support from the College of Health Sciences and Old Dominion University, operates a physical therapy clinic on the ODU campus. It is located at 1015 West 47th Street. To contact them, call (757) 683-7041. The clinic provides service to ODU faculty, staff and students as well as the neighboring community. It also serves as a site for students to learn to apply assessment, decision-making, and treatment skills. In addition, clinical research studies coordinated with the Center for Brain Research and Rehabilitation are conducted at the clinic.