Transitional DoctorPhysical Therapy Online

This unique online program was created specifically for practicing physical therapists who want to advance their careers by acquiring the latest knowledge, skills, and best practices.

Core courses address essential topics in physical therapy such as differential diagnosis and medical screening, diagnostic imaging, pharmacology, nutrition, and motor control, as well as techniques for case analysis and statistical research. In the capstone course, Comprehensive Case Analysis, each student researches and prepares a comprehensive and publishable case report or other scholarly work on a specific patient’s course of treatment.

The program also lets students focus their studies through specializations in orthopedics, pediatrics, geriatrics, advanced nutrition, women's health, education, and business management. Students with more specific interests may also consult with faculty to develop their own specialized programs for study. This personalization is further enhanced by the online format, which enables new forms of interaction and collaboration.

The online Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program prepares students by combining art and science with real-world expertise.

Key objectives of the program include:

  • Teaching therapists to screen patients for musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular and pulmonary, and integumentary conditions
  • Explaining how to interpret clinical findings and make sound clinical judgments
  • Understanding how to evaluate the clinical interpretation of medical imaging techniques, including plain film radiography, magnetic resonance imaging, and computerized tomography
  • Writing, refining, and analyzing a comprehensive and publishable case report that addresses the patient/client management model, clinical decision-making processes, and resource utilization
  • Examining the latest motor control concepts, along with state-of-the-art technology and equipment
  • Reviewing advanced pharmacologic management concepts, including the interrelationship between pharmacologic management and physical therapy interventions