Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy, DPT

Designed for practicing physical therapists, the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT) is an innovative, 100 percent online program. Integrating art and science, as well as professional and experiential learning, this curriculum provides the necessary coursework to earn a terminal doctoral degree in physical therapy. The capstone course, Comprehensive Case Analysis (PTH 6900), is the culmination of all work within the tDPT curriculum. Students have an opportunity to prepare a comprehensive and publishable case report or other scholarly work in partial fulfillment of the requirement for a tDPT degree. 

Upon entrance to the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program, students will select either the educational or clinical track to follow. Selecting the educational track will enable the student to focus their elective and capstone project within the educational realm. Selecting the clinical track will allow the student to focus on current clinical practice in their elective as well as completing a capstone project within their clinical domain. 

The tDPT degree consists of a core of five courses plus an elective. The elective requirement may be waived in certain circumstances, i.e., if the physical therapist holds an ABPTS or similar certifications. For students entering with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy, 24 quarter hours are required to complete this degree.

Note: 24 quarter hours are required for students entering with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy.

Core Requirements

Required Core
PTH 6110Diagnostic Imaging4
PTH 6101Medical Screening and Nutrition for Physical Therapists5
PTH 6130Pharmacology3
PTH 6900Comprehensive Case Analysis4
PTH 6140Motor Control4

Upon entrance to the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program, students will select either the educational track or clinical track.

Educational Track

PTH 6430Educational Strategies for Effective Healthcare Delivery4

Clinical Track

Complete one of the following:4
Evidence-Based Exercise for the Older Adult
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

24 total quarter hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required