Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (tDPT)

Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program


Designed for the working clinician, the CSS tDPT program is a distance learning education program developed to advance knowledge in content area added to the entry-level DPT program, which may not have been addressed in bachelor's or master's degree curricula. The courses are designed for and delivered online with the ability to interact with faculty and other learners. Focus is on the gaining of theoretical knowledge to advance one's practice, the profession, and interaction with other professionals.


Specific content outcomes for the tDPT program were developed to fill the gap in knowledge base between entry-level bachelor's and master's degree programs and the entry-level doctor of physical therapy program. The CSS tDPT content outcomes are to:

• Analyze current health legislative policies and their impact on professional practice
• Critically and effectively evaluate and synthesize research leading to integration of evidence based practice in practice
• Demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving and leadership skills required of autonomous practitioners
• Demonstrate a commitment to the physical therapy profession including but not limited to life-long learning, advocacy for the profession and interprofessional collaboration
• Integrate critical thinking and differential screening skills to improve comprehensive management of patients and clients
• Synthesize acquired skills for professional advancement

Application requirements

• Free online application form
• One recommendation from a PT/Physio
• Essay
• Resume/CV
• Copy of PT license to practice (where applicable)
• Copy of credential evaluation if foreign trained
• If English is not the primary language, proficiency exams are required.

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