tDPT Online

A group of tDPT graduates at Commencement

FAST FACTS: Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy

Tuition: $11,904/full program* ($744/credit)

* Tuition rates are for the 2018-19 academic year. Additional fees and costs for course materials may apply. Total program cost and completion time varies depending on transfer credits and individual program plans. Tuition rates are subject to change.

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:

  • Apply current health legislative policies and be an advocate within professional 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 and advocacy for the profession and health care consumer
  • Evaluate published studies related to physical therapy practice, research, and policy integrating the findings into clinical practice
  • Integrate concepts of diagnostic imaging and pharmacology in the differential screening and comprehensive management of patients and clients
  • Synthesize communication and leadership methods to improve interprofessional collaboration

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

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Info Sessions

  • Photo of Karen Malone

    "I chose CSS for two reasons. First, the information on the website and my contact with an advisor was easy and helpful. Secondly, I heard about the program from a PT friend who had co-workers that completed their tDPT at CSS. They told her that the program was rigorous, but they learned much more than those who had finished other programs."

    – Karen Malone, PT, DPT, '16

  • Photo of Ziya Altug

    "My transitional DPT degree has opened the door for me to teach at the university level and publish my book titled Sustainable Fitness. I am very grateful for my CSS degree."

    – Ziya Altug, PT, DPT, MS, CSCS, '15

  • "As a manager with plans to oversee rehab departments in bigger organizations, I realized that being a DPT is a necessity. I highly recommend the program to anyone who is looking to expand their knowledge and skill set as a PT."

    – Avi Amit, PT, TDPT student

  • im Braun PT, DPT, President, Braun Therapy Staffing

    "Excellent, vigorous and practical are apt descriptions of the tDPT program at St. Scholastica. The knowledge and skills I gained in pharmacology, diagnostic imaging, evidence based practice and differential diagnosis were immediately applicable."

    – Kim Braun PT, DPT, President, Braun Therapy Staffing


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