Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy — Online

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

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We work with you to map your path to your goal.


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From real-world case studies to employer-based projects, we prepare you to manage what comes next.


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Whatever you’re passionate about, you’ll find the classes to sharpen your specialty.


Study anywhere, on your time

Part-time or full-time, we move at your speed, to get you where you’re going.


Full-Time, Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter

Completion Time

1-3 years

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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 doctorly prepared practitioners. Core courses within this physical therapy doctoral program include medical screening and nutrition, diagnostic imaging, pharmacology, 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.

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 will declare a track option – a clinical track or education track. This will steer your elective choice and your Comprehensive Case Analysis Project in either a clinical or educational realm.

Program Objectives

  • Gain the knowledge and skills required to competently screen patients for a variety of 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

Per the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the clinical DPT is now 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.

Experiential / Co-op Opportunities

Northeastern's signature experience-powered learning model has been at the heart of the university for more than a century. It combines world-class academics with professional practice, allowing you to acquire relevant, real-world skills you can immediately put into action in your current workplace.

This makes a Northeastern education a dynamic, transformative experience, giving you countless opportunities to grow as a professional and person.

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Get Set With a Custom Course Plan

Please note: The following is a sample curriculum and is subject to change. Enrolled students should reference the academic catalog for current program requirements.

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 6101 prior to enrolling in PTH 6900.


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

Educational Track


Clinical Track

Complete two of the following: 


Now Let's Talk Admissions

You know where you are headed and you've seen how our program will lead you there. So let's get going. Here's what you need to know before you enroll.

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500-1000 words): identifying your educational goals and expectations from the program
  • Professional resumé: Current resumé that displays job responsibilities, relevant experience, and education history
  • Two letters of recommendation: from individual(s) with either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities, such as a faculty member, current employer, mentor, or colleague
  • Academic transcripts:
    • Official undergraduate degree transcript in physical therapy OR official graduate degree transcript in physical therapy AND official undergraduate degree transcripts
  • Foreign academic credentials: must submit the following
    • English translation
    • Physical therapy credential evaluation: FCCPT (preferred) IERF, or ICD
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language
  • Advanced standing may be granted to students that are ABPTS certified or hold similar certifications. Please contact Adam Thomas for further information: [email protected] or 617-373-5906

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Application Deadlines

Our admissions process operates on a rolling basis; however, we do recommend the application guidelines below to ensure you can begin during your desired start term:

Domestic Application Guidelines

International Application Guidelines*

*International deadlines are only applicable if the program is F1 compliant.

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