What is the structure of the DPT program?
The program is a blended model including online learning and onsite lab immersions. Asynchronous learning occurs when students listen or view lectures, view demonstrates, read articles or textbooks and provide peer feedback. Synchronous activities occur when students meet online to discuss lectures, patient cases and other activities as a whole class or small group. Asynchronous learning allows students to familiarize themselves with specific content, synchronous learning allows students to synthesize the content and lab immersions allow students to apply knowledge.
What is a Blended or Hybrid format program?
A blended or hybrid program combines online and onsite learning activities, taking advantage of distance/online education with best practices in online learning & onsite interactions.
What is clinical education?
During clinical education students work alongside licensed physical therapists in a variety of settings to gain experience applying knowledge and skills with patients. Students complete four clinical experiences totaling 32 weeks throughout the program. Students are responsible for travel, housing expenses and additional emergency or needed healthcare during clinical education experiences.
May I do my clinical rotations where I live?
The Director of Clinical Education develops clinical partnerships with facilities all over the country. The top priority is securing placements which allows students to gain practical experience caring for patients across the lifespan and with diagnoses representative of those typically seen in physical therapy practice, in settings across the continuum of care. Placement at a site is dependent upon multiple factors including which sites are available for a specified experience along with the patient populations or settings the student needs to create a well-rounded clinical education before graduation. Students have the opportunity to review available clinical sites and submit a list of preferences. This "wish list" is considered in the placement process. Assignments may require relocation for the duration of the experience and may involve additional costs. Students should not assume that appropriate clinical sites are available in their geographic area of residence. Likewise, students are not allowed to negotiate or find their own clinical sites at any time. Allen College observes restrictions on placements at sites which may pose a conflict of interest.
How long is the program?
The curriculum is nine semesters, including three summer sessions, and is completed in under three years. The length of the program and the hybrid model provides the best experience to learn without becoming overwhelmed.
Do I need to move to Waterloo to complete the program?
No, students can live wherever they desire and are able to travel to the lab immersion sessions held at Allen College in Waterloo, Iowa. Students are required to attend all lab immersions.
Will there be mandatory online classes I must attend?
Student have access to recorded lectures, videos and reading content online which can be accessed as often as needed or desired. There may be occasions that synchronous sessions take place during the week at the discretion of the instructor. Students may also be assigned group projects requiring meetings in addition to regular course assignments.