The Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy (DScPT) degree represents the highest clinical specialty doctorate in the world. This unique degree is designed to enhance the skills of practicing physical therapists. Respecting the importance of fundamental principles of orthopaedic manual therapy, each graduate will be recognized as a Certified Manual Physical Therapist (CMPT) through our partner, the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT).
In addition to the CMPT the student will choose a concentration in Women’s Health or Orthopaedic Manual Therapy. The Women’s Health concentration prepares the student to meet the underserved, complex physical therapy needs of women. The Orthopaedic Manual Therapy concentration will gain the designation of COMT (Certified Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapist). A dual concentration is also available.
Our partnership with NAIOMT provides students the opportunity to pair the DScPT degree with the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) accredited and American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) recognized Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy program offered by NAIOMT.
For the student who already possesses a DPT degree from a CAPTE accredited program and a FAAOMPT or manual therapy certification from another approved institution the DScPT degree is available without a concentration.
The DScPT is an advanced degree uniquely designed to cater to the needs of bachelors, masters, or doctoral trained physical therapists. The curriculum is feasible for full-time or part-time students, allowing flexibility to meet each individual’s work/life balance needs. The program can be paced from 3 to 7 years. Graduates of the DScPT program are primed for teaching in a University setting, contributing to scholarly research, as well as leading the profession in evidence based clinical practice.
The DScPT program offers three tracks:
- Track 1: DPT with FAAOMPT/Manual Therapy Certification to DScPT (35 credits)
- Track 2: BS/Master’s to DScPT (64 credits)
- Track 3: DPT to DScPT (45 credits)
Delivery: The program is a combination of didactic and supervised clinical experience, using a blend of interactive online courses, intensive hands-on short courses and clinical practice hours. This program is delivered mostly in an interactive online format, with some required on-campus intensives (see School of Distance Education definitions). The format of this degree program, the distinguished faculty and the diverse background and practice of the students provides a rich experience and outstanding opportunity to flourish as master clinicians.