Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy

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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, women's health, 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 health care 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

    General Requirements

    Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy General Requirements

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

    Required Courses for All Students 

    PTH 6100 - Differential Diagnosis and Medical Screening
    4.00
    PTH 6110 - Diagnostic Imaging
    4.00
    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

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

    Required Nutrition Course

    Complete one of the following: 

    PTH 6120 - Clinical Nutrition
    3.00
    NTR 6120 - Healthy Aging: Nutrition Strategies for Optimal Longevity
    4.00
    NTR 6119 - Pediatric Nutrition
    4.00
    NTR 7147 - Sports and Fitness Nutrition
    3.00
     

    Additional Required Elective for BS Entry Students

    Complete one of the following:

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

    Elective Course

    Complete one of the following:

    PTH 6430 - Educational Strategies for Effective Healthcare Delivery
    4.00
    PTH 6480 - Evidence-Based Exercise for the Older Adult
    4.00
    PTH 6490 - Pediatric Physical Therapy: Emerging Topics and Evidence-Based Practice
    4.00
    PTH 6200 - Research Methods and Statistical Analysis
    5.00
    PTH 6235 - Administrative and Management Keys for Contemporary Physical Therapist Practice
    4.00
    PTH 6561 - Evidence-Based Examination and Outcomes for the Cervical-Thoracic Spine and Temporomandibular Joint
    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
     

    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

    "Professors consistently took deep dives into their areas of expertise and made sure to tie it back to real-world examples. That allowed me to bring new ideas to the workplace that were directly applicable to the problems we were facing." — Rick Keilty, Alumnus

    Average Time to Completion

    1-2 Years

    Commitment

    Full-Time
    Part-Time

    Entry Terms

    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
    Winter

    Visa Eligible

    No


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