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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.

Fast Facts

  • Options for foreign-trained Physical/Physio Therapists
  • Highly regarded for rigorous academic standards and thorough career preparation
  • Streamlined program designed with the needs of practicing physical therapists in mind
  • Faculty are experienced clinical practitioners
  • Approximately 25% of our current students are foreign-trained Physical Therapists
  • 100% online format
  • Condensed program with only six classes; 16 total program credits

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The knowledge and skills I gained in pharmacology, diagnostic imaging, evidence-based practice and differential diagnosis were immediately applicable.

Kim Braun PT, DPT

Degree Details


Tuition: $12,000/full program* ($750/credit)

* Tuition rates are for the 2021-22 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.

Program Overview


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


Program Design

The curriculum for the online transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy is designed to fill the gap between previous physical therapy education curricula and the entry-level doctoral-level curriculum. The courses have been designed to be delivered online to allow the working clinician to participate. The program has 16 credits in six courses covering pharmacology, diagnostic imaging, health care policy, differential diagnosis, evidence-based practice and clinical experience.

Program Structure

Each course is offered every semester (fall, spring and summer) allowing for an individualized learning plan. Enrollment will be capped at 24 learners per course because of the distance learning component. By limiting enrollment to 24, course faculty can maintain more personal, individualized contact with distant learners and camaraderie between learners can be promoted in a virtual classroom. The courses will be offered on a rotating basis so that learners can enter the program at the beginning of any semester. One course, PTH 8725 Differential Screening, has prerequisites of PTH 7510 Pharmacology for Physical Therapists and PTH 7715 Diagnostic Imaging because this sequencing allows for the development of knowledge that contributes to the differential screening process.

Courses offered in the tDPT program were designed to fill the gap between previous bachelor’s or master’s degree entry-level physical therapy education curricula and the entry-level Doctoral level curriculum. The courses have also been designed to be delivered on-line to allow working professionals to participate. The program consists of 16 credits in six courses covering pharmacology, diagnostic imaging, health care policy, differential diagnosis, evidence-based practice, and clinical experience.

Required Courses

PTH 7710 – Pharmacology for Physical Therapists

Analysis of common classes of pharmacological agents, and their potential effects on a physical therapy assessment and plan of care. Basic principles of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, and drug receptor function are covered for medications frequently encountered by Physical Therapists; including anti-inflammatory agents, and medications used to treat cardiac, pulmonary, musculoskeletal, endocrine and neurological system dysfunction.

PTH 7715 – Diagnostic Imaging

Compares and contrasts benefits and limitations of various medical imaging techniques including X-Ray, CT Scan, MRI, and emerging field of rehabilitative ultrasound imaging. Criteria for and the PT’s role in imaging referral and basic imaging assessment are covered. The role of the PT and imaging in APTA’s Vision Statement for the Physical therapy Profession is discussed.

PTH 7720 – Health Policy

Analysis of legal issues surrounding health care in America and the promotion of advocacy for reform.

PTH 7730 – Evidence Based Practice

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 8725 – Differential Screening

Focuses on screening processes and clinical reasoning skills in patient/client management. Emphasis is on the differential screening processes for physical therapy and indications for referral. Prior completion of courses with Pharmacology and Diagnostic Imaging content are recommended, although not required.

PTH 8735 – Professional Integration

Demonstration of physical therapy skills, knowledge, and behaviors/interactions with patient/clients, peers, and other professionals through development of a portfolio and a cumulative project in addition to participation in group discussions pertinent to professional development and project completion.

Admission Information

Visit our admissions page for information about transcripts, online application, international admissions and financing.

Application Deadlines

Fall: Aug. 15
Spring: Dec. 15
Summer: May 2


New Student
  • A degree in Physical/Physio Therapy

Note: Meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.

Returning Students

A returning student is a student who was admitted and enrolled in a program at St. Scholastica but has been absent from the program for at least three continuous semesters, including summer. To return to the same program at St. Scholastica, a returning student must be in good academic standing and must apply for readmission to the College.


Please order the following official transcripts:
  • Official transcripts of PT degree and any additional degrees following your PT degree. Official transcripts are not needed from prerequisite courses or degrees preceding the PT degree.
  • Foreign-trained applicants, please email a copy of your credential evaluation report (FCCPT, WES, etc.) directly to your admissions counselor.
Transcripts must be received on or before the application deadline. Order early in the application process!
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