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. Working with our partner ASPIRE, and respecting the importance of fundamental principles of orthopedic manual therapy, each graduate will be recognized as a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT).
In addition to the COMT, the student will choose a concentration in Women’s Health or Orthopedic Manual Therapy. The Women’s Health concentration prepares the student to meet the underserved, complex physical therapy needs of women. In the Orthopedic Manual Therapy concentration, the student will gain the designation of SMT (Spinal Manipulative Therapist) and be ready to take their place as a master clinician. A dual concentration is also available.
Our partnership with ASPIRE provides students the opportunity to pair the DScPT degree with the Manual Therapy Certifications culminating in Spinal Manupulative Therapist (SMT).
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 five 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)
- Track 4: BS/Master’s with NAIOMT CMPT or COMT from other approved organizations to DScPT (59 credits)
- Track 5: DPT with NAIOMT CMPT or COMT from other approved organizations to DScPT (40 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 asynchronous 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.