Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy Course Descriptions

Corse Descriptions

The DSc program at Bellin College consists of three core areas:

  • Clinical
  • Teaching/Leadership
  • Research

The clinical core requirement is met through completion of an American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) or Accreditation Council of Orthopaedic and Manual Physical Therapy Education (ACOMPTE) approved fellowship program. This Fellowship may be completed at Bellin College, or students who have already graduated may request a credit evaluation. The following classes comprise the Teaching/Leadership and Research core of our curriculum.  Please refer to the OMPT Fellowship section for more information regarding the Bellin College clinical core classes.

DSC 680 Leadership in Higher Education – 2 credits
This course provides graduates with the skills necessary to be a visionary leader by improving the performance of colleges and universities by using active research to drive continuous improvement, collaborative decision making, and strategic planning. Graduates will address contemporary and future educational issues impacting higher education through the application of effective change theory.

DSC 751 Biostatistics I – 3 credits
This course will provide a foundation for understanding biostatistics and basic proficiency with running basic biostatistical models. The course will cover such topics as simple descriptive statistics, basic probability concepts, probability distributions, sampling distributions, t-tests, and confidence intervals.

DSC 752 Biostatistics II  – 3 credits
The purpose of this course is to build upon the topics of Biostatistics 1. This course will cover such topics as correlation, analysis of covariance, post-hoc testing, factorial designs, simple linear regression, and reliability analyses. Students will present doctoral research questions, hypotheses, methods, and data analysis plans for critique and discussion. (Pre-requisite: DSC 751)

DSC 800 Curriculum Development – 3 credits
A deep understanding of the development and implementation of curriculum will be explored by examining the philosophical and theoretical perspectives of the science of teaching and learning. This is the 2nd course in a 2-part series that will utilize an in-depth analysis of curricular design models and application congruent with identified curricular objectives, goals and learner outcomes. Development of curriculum will systematically address technology integration, evidenced-based practices, and innovative and collaborative learning experiences.

DSC 810 Science and Design of Educational Assessment – 3 credits
Through the study of the basic principles of curriculum development and assessment this course is designed to provide the learner with knowledge, skills, and experiences to be actively involved in multiple facets of the curricular process. This is the first course in a 2-part series that will focus on developing the knowledge and skills to identify, develop, and design assessment instruments and strategies for effective evaluation of student learning through both formative and summative assessment methodologies. 

DSC 990 Educational Comprehensive Capstone – 1 credit
This course provides a comprehensive learning assessment by integrating the learning experiences of DSc 680, DSc 800 and DSc 810.  Students will complete a final teaching project with oral defense.

DSC 900 Systematic/Scoping Review Screening and Data Extraction – 1 credit
This course will assist students in facilitating completion of their systematic or scoping review. Students will be required to complete all screening of included studies in their systematic or scoping review and complete 50% of their data extraction by the end of the course.

DSC 901 Research Methodologies and Doctoral Project I – 2 credits
This course will provide a foundation for the principles of evidence-based practice and research design so that the student may immediately integrate scientific knowledge with practice and complete a clinically relevant research proposal. This course is the first phase of the doctoral project and is designed to prepare doctoral students to develop and defend a research project.

DSC 902 Research and Methodologies and Doctoral Project II – 2 credits
This course will familiarize students with the steps required to successfully complete a systematic or scoping review, which are considered the gold standards for appraising and evaluating the scientific literature. Students will also continue to work on their group research project.

DSC 903 Research Methodologies and Doctoral Project III – 2 credits
This course will require students to submit a fully completed draft manuscript of a systematic or scoping review. Students will also continue to participate in ongoing work on their group research project. 

DSC 904 Research Methodologies and Doctoral Project IV – 2 credits
The goal of this course is to focus on the completion of the systematic review and continue with the group research project. This will be largely project-dependent, but will include data preparation and cleaning, data analysis, and creation of a manuscript draft. This is a hybrid course including 15 weeks of online coursework and bi-weekly virtual meetings.

DSC 905 Research  Methodologies and Doctoral Project V – 2 credits
The goal of this course is to finalize the research project, and independently defend a presentation of their research before a scientific panel. This is a hybrid course including 15 weeks of online coursework.

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