Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy, DPT—Direct Entry

Designed for practicing physical therapists, the transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) is an innovative, 100% online program. Integrating art and science, as well as professional and experiential education, the degree curriculum provides you with the necessary knowledge base for today’s doctorally prepared practitioners.

Core courses within this physical therapy doctoral program include differential diagnosis and medical screening, diagnostic imaging, pharmacology, nutrition, and motor control. The capstone course, Comprehensive Case Analysis, is a culmination of all work within the transitional DPT curriculum. Students will prepare a comprehensive and publishable case report or other scholarly work in partial fulfillment of the requirement for a transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree.

The transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy also includes concentrations in a variety of areas such as orthopaedics, pediatrics, geriatrics, advanced nutrition, women's health, education, and business management. If you have a unique concentration interest, you may also complete a directed study on a preapproved topic of your choosing.

 Note: Degree requirements differ for North Carolina students. For more information, visit the Northeastern University—Charlotte website

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Note: 35 quarter hours are required for students entering with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy.

Required Courses for all Students

PTH 6100Differential Diagnosis and Medical Screening4
PTH 6110Diagnostic Imaging4
PTH 6130Pharmacology3
PTH 6900Comprehensive Case Analysis4
PTH 6140Motor Control4
PTH 6200Research Methods and Statistical Analysis5

Required Nutrition Course

Complete one of the following:3-4
Clinical Nutrition
Healthy Aging: Nutrition Strategies for Optimal Longevity
Pediatric Nutrition
Sports and Fitness Nutrition

Additional Required Elective for BS Entry Students

Complete one of the following:4
Administrative and Management Keys for Contemporary Physical Therapist Practice
Fostering Change in Health Behavior
Educational Strategies for Effective Healthcare Delivery

Elective Course

Complete one of the following:4-5
Topics in Physical Therapy
Evidence-Based Exercise for the Older Adult
Pediatric Physical Therapy: Emerging Topics and Evidence-Based Practice
Psychosocial and Emotional Challenges Facing Older Adults
Research Methods and Statistical Analysis
Administrative and Management Keys for Contemporary Physical Therapist Practice
Evidence-Based Examination and Outcomes for the Cervical-Thoracic Spine and Temporomandibular Joint
Evidence-Based Examination and Outcomes for Upper Extremity: Shoulder, Elbow, and Hand
Evidence-Based Examination and Outcomes for Lumbar Spine and Sacroiliac Joint
Evidence-Based Examination and Outcomes for Lower Extremity: Hip, Knee, Foot, and Ankle

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

35 total quarter hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required