May 27, 2020  

Physical Therapy DPT (Transitional, On-campus)

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The transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (t-DPT) is designed to provide advanced learning for practicing physical therapists. The t-DPT student will enhance their skills in medical screening, differential diagnosis, clinical leadership and administration, imaging and laboratory science, therapeutic exercise prescription, education and research. 

This degree transitions the clinician to the academic standard of the entry-level DPT graduate and truly trains the clinician to become a direct access practitioner.

Total Credits - 35

Admission Requirements

  1. Students must have graduated from an approved school of physical therapy and be licensed to practice physical therapy in their country of origin or county in which they live.
  2. Students must have the equivalent of a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree.  Students with a bachelor’s degree must have two years of experience working in an orthopedic setting as a physical therapist prior to applying.
  3. Students must submit graduate application.
  4. Students must submit an original copy of all academic transcripts from any institution where classes were taken.  In addition, if the transcripts are not written in English, a copy in the original language as well as the English translation are required.
  5. Students must submit a copy of physical therapy license.  If license is not in English a translated copy must be submitted as well.
  6. Students must submit a minimum of three satisfactory recommendations: one from a currently practicing physical therapist, one from a medical doctor or supervisor, and one from another person familiar with the candidate.
  7. Foreign trained physical therapists must complete the Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT) application and fully satisfy course content, credit and requirements. Candidates must also submit PTET scores if requested.
  8. For U.S. and Canadian trained candidates holding only a Bachelors degree in physical therapy, completion and submission of the APTA Physical Therapy Evaluation Tool (PTET) proving competency towards an entry-level master’s degree in physical therapy is required.
  9. English Proficiency - Students whose language of education is not English must submit a minimum TOEFL or MELAB score of 80.

Graduation Requirements

  • A minimum of 70% of credits must be taken at regular tuition for degree conferral. 
  • No grade lower than “C” (2.00) in any course.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.
  • Successful completion of the capstone project. Completed by registering for 4 credits of PTH 799 Research Project (topic)    
  • Satisfactory completion of the program exit interview.

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