Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy, DPT

Designed for practicing physical therapists, the transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) is an innovative, 100 percent online program. Integrating art and science, as well as professional and experiential learning, this curriculum seeks to provide you with the necessary knowledge base for today’s practitioners with an earned doctoral degree.

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 (PTH 6900), is  a culmination of all work within the transitional DPT 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 transitional DPT degree.

The transitional DPT also includes specializations in a variety of areas such as orthopaedics, pediatrics, geriatrics, advanced nutrition, women’s health, education, and business management. If you have a unique specialization interest, you may also complete a directed study on a preapproved topic of your choosing.

Credit Requirement

The transitional DPT degree is built upon a core of six courses. Beyond the common core, requirements may vary depending on whether the physical therapist is MSPT or BSPT prepared in addition to the student’s past experiences.

For students entering with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy, 26 quarter hours are required.

Residents of the state of North Carolina must have an earned master’s degree to be eligible for admission to the transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

For students entering with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, 35 quarter hours are required.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Note: 26 quarter hours are required for students entering with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy.

Core Requirements

Required Core
PTH 6100Differential Diagnosis and Medical Screening4
PTH 6110Diagnostic Imaging4
PTH 6130Pharmacology3
PTH 6900Comprehensive Case Analysis4
PTH 6140Motor Control4
Complete one of the following:3-4
Clinical Nutrition
Healthy Aging: Nutrition Strategies for Optimal Longevity
Pediatric Nutrition
Sports and Fitness Nutrition


Complete one of the following:4-5
Educational Strategies for Effective Healthcare Delivery
Evidence-Based Exercise for the Older Adult
Pediatric Physical Therapy: Emerging Topics and Evidence-Based Practice
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 Lumbar Spine and Sacroiliac Joint
Evidence-Based Examination and Outcomes for Lower Extremity: Hip, Knee, Foot, and Ankle

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

26 total quarter hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required