- Highly regarded for rigorous academic standards and thorough career preparation
- Streamlined program designed with the needs of practicing physical therapists in mind
- 100 percent online format; 2 year program*
- Condensed program with only six classes; 16 total program credits
Tuition: Under $11,000/full program*
*This tuition rate is in effect for the 2014-2015 academic year and is subject to change in subsequent years. Total program cost and completion time varies depending on each person's transfer credits and individualized program plan.
Earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy in a flexible online format
The transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT) program at St. Scholastica offers working clinicians degree parity in a 100 percent online format. Designed with the needs of practicing physical therapists in mind, our program is streamlined to offer clinicians a bridge between their bachelor's or master's degree preparation and the Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum.
Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Outcomes
Upon completion of the tDPT program, the learner will be able to:
- Practice in a competent, ethical, and legal manner
- Demonstrate the abilities and skills required of autonomous practitioners
- Apply leadership skills in relation to the practice of physical therapy
- Demonstrate a commitment to professionalism including but not limited to life long learning and advocacy for the profession and health care consumer
- Integrate the process of critical inquiry for evidence-based practice
- Evaluate published studies related to physical therapy practice, research, and policy and integrate the findings into clinical practice
- Integrate concepts of diagnostic imaging and pharmacology in the comprehensive management of patients and clients synthesize patient/client signs and symptom for differential diagnosis
- Utilize The Guide to Physical Therapist Practice
- Synthesize patient/client signs and symptom for differential diagnosis
Vision 2020: Moving Toward a Doctoring Profession
The American Physical Therapy Association's (APTA) Vision 2020 calls for all physical therapy to be provided by DPTs by 2020. The goal is to advance the reputation and standing of physical therapists in the medical community and increase the profession's base level of training.
While a DPT will not be required to continue practicing, a tDPT program is still beneficial for several reasons:
- Earn degree parity with entry-level clinicians
- Improve your knowledge in pharmacology, diagnostic imaging, health policy, evidence-based practice and diagnosis
- Improve your job prospects
- Refine your skill and knowledge of the physical therapy profession
- Receive recognition for your commitment to lifelong learning
"CSS was the perfect environment for me to get the most out of where I was at in life. To this day, my experience there has really helped me mature as a professional, a father and a husband, and I’m very thankful for that."
– Jeff Lahti, Director of Physical Therapy at Viverant