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FAST FACTS: Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy

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.

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

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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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