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  Dec 17, 2017
 
2017-2018 General Catalog

Physical Therapy and Athletic Training


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Department Office: 520 Wakara Way #302, 581-8681
Mailing Address: 520 Wakara Way #302, Salt Lake City, UT 84108-1290
Phone: 801-581-8681
Website: www.health.utah.edu/ptat/

Department Chair: R. Scott Ward, PhD, PT, FAPTA

Welcome to the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training.  The Department offers four degree opportunities in a vibrant learning environment, numerous active clinics, and is recognized for its prolific and nationally ranked research.  The existing degrees include: the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training; a Master’s of Science in Sport Medicine; a clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy; and, a Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences.  Many clinical experiences exist because of the location of the Department in a nationally recognized Health Sciences Center and its association with a major athletic conference (PAC 12).  Research focuses on recovery from injury, the study of movement dysfunction and movement enhancement, and improving the quality and value of health care delivery.  The Department is in the College of Health at the University of Utah, located in the foothills of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains.

Undergraduate Program

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)

College of Health
Program Office: HPER E 208
Phone: 801-585-1820
Mailing Address: 250 South 1860 East, HPER E 208, Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Website: www.health.utah.edu/ptat/

Advising: Josh Larson

Program Director: Leland Dibble, PhD, PT, ATC

Athletic training is practiced by athletic trainers, health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities.

Certified athletic trainers can be found almost anywhere people are physically active. The following are some of the various work settings which athletic trainers are employed; secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional sports, hospitals, clinics, physician offices, sports medicine clinics, military and law enforcement, industrial and commercial, and performing arts. Successful completion of the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training allows a student to be recommended for certification from the Board of Certification and eligible for licensure in applicable states.

Retrieved on December 10, 2007 from http://www.nata.org/about_AT/terminology.htm Definition of Athletic Training 

Retrieved on December 10, 2007 from http://www.nata.org/about_AT/worksettings.htm

Acceptance to the program is limited to one time annually. Contact with the Pre-Athletic Training/Kinesiology advisors in the Center for Student Success is highly recommended in preparation for application, or interested applicants can refer to the department website.  Formal admission to the Athletic Training Program requires completion of specific prerequisite courses, documentation of observation experiences, reference letters, and successful completion of an interview process.  Athletic Training Program majors are required to pay a program fee. This fee is added to a student’s tuition bill through income accounting each semester a student is enrolled in the program. The current fee is $1000 per semester while enrolled in the program, totaling $5000.

Please see the Athletic Training B.S. and H.B.S. listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.

Graduate Programs

Physical Therapy

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)

College of Health
Department Office: 520 Wakara Way #302, 581-8681
Mailing Address: 520 Wakara Way #302, Salt Lake City, UT 84108-1290
Phone: 801-581-8681
Website: www.health.utah.edu/pt/

Department Chair: R. Scott Ward, PhD, PT, FAPTA
Academic Advising: Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin
Advising Phone: 801-585-9510

A physical therapist is a member of a professional health care team whose goal is to provide a comprehensive health program to individuals who have conditions resulting in loss of muscle strength, physical mobility, or other impairments. The College of Health at the University of Utah offers a program in physical therapy leading to a doctor of physical therapy degree (DPT). Graduates of the program are eligible to take the license examination for state registration.

A physical therapist is a health care professional whose goal is to provide a comprehensive health program to individuals who have conditions resulting in movement dysfunction, functional impairments and activity limitations.  Physical therapists enable individuals to achieve enriched physical performance and quality of life by working to help sustain, reestablish, and improve their movement and physical function.  Physical therapists provide preventive, risk reduction, rehabilitative and consultative health services.  The College of Health at the University of Utah offers a program in physical therapy leading to a doctor of physical therapy degree (DPT). Graduates of the program are eligible to take the license examination for state registration.

Please see the Physical Therapy D.P.T. listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.

The doctor of physical therapy is the only degree conferred upon completion of the professional program in physical therapy. D.P.T. candidates must complete a clinical research project. This professional program prepares students for careers as licensed physical therapists.

The D.P.T. is offered by the Department of Physical Therapy as the entry-level degree into the profession and practice of physical therapy. Formal admission to the D.P.T. program requires a bachelor’s degree in addition to the completion of specific prerequisite courses, reference letters, and a statement of purpose and successful completion of an interview process. Application to The University of Utah Graduate School and to the Physical Therapy Centralized Application System must be made by October 1st of each year to be eligible for consideration for the following summer semester.

Acceptance to the program is limited to one time yearly. Contact with the academic advisor of the department is highly recommended in preparation for application, or interested applicants can refer to the department website.

Rehabilitation Sciences
College of Health
Department Office: 520 Wakara Way #302, 581-8681
Mailing Address: 520 Wakara Way #302, Salt Lake City, UT 84108-1290
Phone: 801-581-8681
Website: www.health.utah.edu/pt/

Program Coordinator: Ed Gappmaier, PT, Phd
Program Phone: 801-581-3424
Email: ed.gappmaier@hsc.utah.edu

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Rehabilitation Science Program is offered to advance the scientific knowledge underlying the clinical practice of rehabilitation through the development of expertise in research, teaching, and professional service.  Applicants should have a strong interest in research, teaching, and service in a rehabilitation-related field.  Graduates will be active contributors to the enhancement of rehabilitation research, practice and policy.  Applicants should also have a master’s or clinical doctoral degree in an area related to the health sciences and rehabilitation (e.g., DPT, MOT, MD, Post-professional degree in Athletic Training, etc.). The exceptional student with a bachelor’s degree and compelling clinical/research experience in the health sciences will also be considered.

Potential PhD students should contact a faculty member with a common research interest prior to making application to the PhD program as students will only be accepted to the PhD program under the mentorship of a faculty member.  

Please see the Rehabilitation Science, Ph.D. listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.

Sports Medicine
College of Health
Office: HPER E 208
Mailing Address: MSSM, 250 South 1850 East, HPER E 208
Phone: 801-585-1820
Email: athletictraining@utah.edu
Website: www.health.utah.edu/ptat/ 

Program Director: Charlie Hicks-Little, Ph.D., charlie.hickslittle@hsc.utah.edu, 801-581-4897
Program Assistance: Josh Larson

The Master of Science degree program in Sports Medicine is a two year program designed to provide the advancement of evidence based knowledge through education, research and clinical experiences with the objective to develop well rounded professionals who can contribute to the field through the understanding of current literature, trends, equipment and practices within sports medicine and rehabilitation.

Through the program, students acquire advanced didactic and practical skills, such as assessment, treatment planning, problem-solving, behavior analysis, appropriate intervention implementation, evaluation, and documentation. Additionally, students engage in clinically-based practices as a means of solidifying their didactic coursework.

Please see the Sports Medicine, M.S. listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.

Program and Course Offerings

Programs

    Undergraduate MajorMasterDoctorate

    Courses

      Athletic Training & Sports MedicinePhysical TherapyRehabilitation Sciences

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