Department of Physiotherapy
Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy
The Physiotherapy B.Sc. at DKA is a popular modular program that offers both classroom and clinical-based experience.
Our program covers theoretical disciplines including human anatomy and physiology; therapeutics; cardiorespiratory, neurological and musculoskeletal physiotherapy; psycho-social aspects of health care, as well as professional codes of conduct; cultural competence, ethics, research and study skills.
Additionally, you will engage in learning opportunities involving other health professionals within the University and Hospital Trusts when on placement, which will enhance your multidisciplinary team-working skills.
Practical skills for professional practice are taught and assessed throughout the course. You will take your first placement in Year 1 and undertake an additional five placements throughout the program, completing a minimum of 1,000 hours.
Master of Science in Physiotherapy
The M.Sc. in Physiotherapy (pre-registration) is a 2 year qualifying course for graduates with a relevant degree, providing the opportunity to undertake a physiotherapy course leading to registration at master’s level. *The MSc Physiotherapy pre-registration course is subject to validation.
Developing highly skilled evidence-based physiotherapists equipped to face the challenges of an evolving profession.
The aim of the course is to provide a challenging and rewarding educational experience that enables students to develop as competent, evidence-based and patient-centered physiotherapy practitioners, capable of making a valuable contribution to their chosen workplace: developing highly skilled evidence-based physiotherapists equipped to face the challenges of an evolving profession.
As part of the course you will experience a range of diverse and exciting placements including our own on-site healthcare-focused clinic, where you will gain a variety of experiences with a wide range of client groups, under the guidance of skilled clinicians.
Each student will gain experience of physiotherapy within various clinical and private practice settings. With the support of clinical educators, students will treat patients, observe experienced clinicians and participate in all aspects of care including case conferences, ward rounds and home visits.
Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
The demand for physical therapists is expected to grow nationally by 28%1 between 2016 and 2026,1 much faster than the average for all occupations. As baby boomers age, they are staying active longer and the need for physical therapy professionals with a DPT degree has accelerated.
With that in mind, Dale Kietzman academy has created a student-centric, three-year doctor of physical therapy program dedicated to developing proficient physical therapists poised to fill this emerging demand.
Leveraging innovative learning strategies, Dale Kietzman Academy’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program places experience and collaboration at the cornerstone of student achievement.
- Ongoing Experiential Education—classroom theory comes alive with a progression of dynamic clinical experiences. At approved clinical sites and in simulated training, DPT degree students work with and under the supervision of experienced clinicians. Three end-of-program clinical internships will help students develop skills learned in the classroom and lab and establish the self-confidence graduates will need as they begin their careers.
- A variety of clinical internship opportunities—Doctor of Physical Therapy program students will have a total of 51 weeks of full-time clinical internships during the academic program at DKA. These will take place in a minimum of three different practice settings to ensure that students are prepared to be a general practitioner at graduation and equipped to work in a range of clinical settings. DKA has clinical agreements nationwide and students will be required to complete at least one clinical education experience outside of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Expenses related to the clinical education experience such as housing and other living expenses, are the responsibility of the student.
- Student-focused approach—DKA helps prepare graduates to practice physical therapy with both compassion and competence, while reinforcing essential, evidence-based skills.