Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy

Degree:
  • Professional Doctorate
Location: Anywhere
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Why Physical Therapy (Transitional)?

The Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program, integrating professional and experiential education, provides the necessary knowledge base for today’s doctorally prepared practitioners.

Specifically 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.

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      Unique Features

      • Designed for practicing physical therapists who currently hold a baccalaureate or master's degree in physical therapy.
      • Online program allows for flexibility for working professionals.
      • Students with a unique concentration interest can complete a directed study on a pre-approved topic of their choosing.
      • Includes concentrations in a variety of areas such as orthopaedics, pediatrics, geriatrics, advanced nutrition, education, and business management.

      Program Objectives

      • Gain the knowledge and skills required to competently screen patients for musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular and pulmonary, and integumentary conditions, interpret clinical findings, and make sound clinical judgments
      • Evaluate the clinical interpretation of various medical imaging techniques, including plain film radiography, magnetic resonance imaging, and computerized tomography
      • Write, refine, and analyze a comprehensive and publishable case report that addresses the patient/client management model, clinical decision-making processes, and resource utilization
      • Examine current motor control concepts, along with state-of-the-art technology and equipment
      • Review advanced pharmacologic management concepts, including the interrelationship between pharmacologic management and physical therapy interventions

      Career Outlook

      By the year 2020, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) envisions that the clinical DPT will become the profession’s terminal degree. In addition, degree-holders can expect to enjoy excellent job prospects for years to come. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of physical therapists is projected to grow much faster than average for the foreseeable future. This growth can be attributed to an increasing elderly population, as well as medical and technological advancements—all of which are expected to drive demand for advanced rehabilitative and therapeutic services.

      One recent DPT graduate wrote upon graduation, “A stagnant clinician is no longer acceptable. Today’s dynamic healthcare system requires an advanced clinician, and I believe this doctorate program provided the knowledge and practical skills a clinician needs to meet these demands. I, for one, feel I have evolved. I have left behind some old treatment patterns and comfort zones. Instead, I now strive to deliver the most current, evidence-based practice available.”


      What you'll study

      Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy

      Entering with a Bachelor's Degree

      Note: 33 quarter hours are required for students entering with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. 

      Required Courses for all Students

      All students should complete 14 credits including PTH 6100 prior to enrolling in PTH 6900.

      PTH 6110 - Diagnostic Imaging
      4.00
      PTH 6101 - Medical Screening and Nutrition for Physical Therapists
      5.00
      PTH 6130 - Pharmacology
      3.00
      PTH 6900 - Comprehensive Case Analysis
      4.00
      PTH 6140 - Motor Control
      4.00
      PTH 6200 - Research Methods and Statistical Analysis
      5.00
       

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

      Educational Track

      PTH 6430 - Educational Strategies for Effective Healthcare Delivery
      4.00
      PTH 6235 - Administrative and Management Keys for Contemporary Physical Therapist Practice
      4.00
       

      Clinical Track

      Complete two of the following: 

      PTH 6480 - Evidence-Based Exercise for the Older Adult
      4.00
      PTH 6563 - Evidence-Based Examination and Outcomes for Lumbar Spine and Sacroiliac Joint
      4.00
      PTH 6564 - Evidence-Based Examination and Outcomes for Lower Extremity: Hip, Knee, Foot, and Ankle
      4.00
       
      Entering with a Master's Degree

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

      Core Requirements 

      Required Core 

      PTH 6110 - Diagnostic Imaging
      4.00
      PTH 6101 - Medical Screening and Nutrition for Physical Therapists
      5.00
      PTH 6130 - Pharmacology
      3.00
      PTH 6900 - Comprehensive Case Analysis
      4.00
      PTH 6140 - Motor Control
      4.00

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

      Educational Track

      PTH 6430 - Educational Strategies for Effective Healthcare Delivery
      4.00
       

      Clinical Track

      Complete one of the following: 

      PTH 6480 - Evidence-Based Exercise for the Older Adult
      4.00
      PTH 6563 - Evidence-Based Examination and Outcomes for Lumbar Spine and Sacroiliac Joint
      4.00
      PTH 6564 - Evidence-Based Examination and Outcomes for Lower Extremity: Hip, Knee, Foot, and Ankle
      4.00
       

      This program requires successful completion of a minimum of 26 credit hours that meet the degree requirements.

      Did You Know?

      The estimated average annual salary difference for professionals with a doctorate versus a master's degree is $28,990 (2014 CPS Analysis of PayScale Data).

      From Our Alumni

      “After 20 years of numerous continuing education courses and traditional practice, the tDPT program at Northeastern University has allowed for a rewarding implementation to an evidence-based approach for effective clinical decision-making to administer high-quality patient care.”— John Douzepis PT, DPT (BSPT 1995, tDPT 2018)

      Average Time to Completion

      1-2 Years

      Commitment

      Full-Time
      Part-Time

      Entry Terms

      Fall
      Spring
      Summer
      Winter

      Meets F-1 Visa Requirements

      No


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