The transitional doctor of physical therapy program (tDPT) is a degree parity program designed for the working clinician. The tDPT program is a distance learning education program meant to advance knowledge in content area added in the entry-level DPT program but not addressed in bachelor's or master's degree curricula. The courses are designed for and delivered with the ability to interact with faculty and other learners through email, on-line discussions, and bulletin board postings. Focus is on gaining theoretical knowledge to advance one's practice and the profession, and on interaction with other professionals.
Consistent with the missions of the College and the Department of Physical Therapy, the mission of the transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is to provide practicing physical therapists. Whose entry level degree is not the doctor of physical therapy with a quality education in contemporary practice, strengthened by ongoing scholarly endeavors, and to promote the spirit of community and professional involvement.
As a degree parity program, the tDPT upholds the same program outcomes as the entry-level DPT program described above. These outcomes are achieved through specific content outcomes for the tDPT program which were developed to bridge the gap in knowledge between entry-level bachelor's and master's degree programs and the entry-level doctor of physical therapy program. The CSS tDPT learner outcomes are to:
PTH 6710: Pharmacology for Physical Therapists
Analysis of the common classifications of pharmacologic agents and their potential effects on a physical therapy assessment and plan of care. Basic principles of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, and drug receptors will be covered.
PTH 6715: Diagnostic Imaging
Compares and contrasts various imaging techniques, ,including basics of assessment, interpretation of reports, and formulation of referrals.
PTH 6720: Health Policy
Analysis of legal issues surrounding health care in America and the promotion of advocacy for reform.
PTH 6725: Differential Diagnosis
Focuses on diagnostic process and clinical reasoning skills in patient/client management. Emphasis is on the differential diagnosis process for physical therapy and indications for referral. Prerequisites of PTH 6710 Pharmacology for Physical Therapists and PTH 6715 Diagnostic Imaging
PTH 6730: Evidence Based Practice in Physical Therapy
Applies concepts of evidence-based practice including basic concepts of research, statistics, and critical analysis of literature in a topic of interest to the learner.
PTH 6735: Clinical Experience
Demonstration of physical therapy skills, knowledge, and behaviors/interactions with patient/clients, peers, and other professionals through a portfolio.
Admission criteria for the tDPT program:
Proof of graduation from an accredited entry-level bachelor's or master's degree physical therapy program.
Proof of licensure (unrestricted) to practice physical therapy in the United States.
Employment equivalent to one year, full-time (2,080 hours) as a licensed physical therapist.
Applications for the program may be obtained by contacting:
The College of St. Scholastica
Graduate Studies Office
Physical Therapy Admissions
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811
Phone: (218) 723-6285