A student in the DPT program who has completed his or her spring semester of the first year of DPT study without any coursework grades below a B (3.0) may apply to the MA program. DPT students interested in applying to the MA should also secure a letter of support from either the Director of the DPT program or their primary faculty advisor.
The DPT/MA degree places Temple University on the forefront of health professions education that integrates the supplemental masters level bioethics degree. As PT continues to become more established as an autonomous profession and PT practitioners take on greater roles as primary health service providers, a foundation in the field of bioethics will become increasingly important. The MA in Urban Bioethics will not only offer DPT students advanced education and exposure to the intangible aspects of the ethics of clinical practice (such as strategies for care in environments of diversity, disparity, and inequities), but also will better position graduates in their post-graduation employment searches in specialized leadership roles or post-doctoral education.
The MA in Urban Bioethics degree will be conferred upon successful completion of the Core Curriculum of the Urban Bioethics coursework as well as the following DPT courses:
• PHTH 8536: Teaching, Learning, and Group Dynamics (3 credits)
• PHTH 8518: Psychosocial Aspects (2 credits)
• PHTH 8546: Bioethics (2 credits)
• PHTH 8547: Management and Health Care Systems (3 credits)
• PHTH 9585: Clinical Internship I 5 credits will be counted, with the additional requirement of a supplemental paper addressing the bioethical conflicts, considerations, and perspectives on the experience. The supplemental paper will be read and graded by the Director of the MA in Urban Bioethics program.