Department of Physical Therapy

Master of Arts for Physical Therapists

Program Overview

This master's program with a concentration in Pathokinesiology is a 34-point curriculum that combines course work and independent study to help students enhance scientific thought capacities. Students will develop competent clinical research skills in methodology and data analysis that will be used to solve problems concerning motor control and motor learning in management of patients with physical disabilities. Specifically, students will gain expertise in the analysis and synthesis of human motion, measurement and evaluation of human motion, and research design and implementation by studying both normal and abnormal human motion. The program uses electrogoniometry, electromyography, dynamometry, and cinematography to illustrate the most advanced theories and techniques for measurement and evaluation of human motion. By the end of the program, students will have developed knowledge in:

  • The identification of the kinematic and kinetic components of normal and abnormal human motion
  • The interpretation of the biomechanical and neurophysiological factors foundational to the improvement of motor control in individuals with physical disabilities
  • The formulation and testing of conceptual models concerning the analysis or improvement of motor control in individuals with physical disabilities
  • The communication of a systemic inquiry that tests as hypothesis concerning the analysis or improvement of human motion

Student Body

This program is open to licensed physical therapists holding at least a baccalaureate degree in physical therapy.