Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy

Program Format
Online|
Curriculum
Entry Terms
Spring: April 11, 2016
Summer: July 5, 2016
Fall: Sept. 19, 2016
Winter: Jan. 9, 2017
Credits Required for Graduation
26-35 Quarter Hours** [** Please note that the number of quarter hours required for graduation for this program is either 26 q.h. (if you enter with a master’s degree) or 35 q.h. (if you enter with a bachelor’s degree).]

Overview

The Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) is designed for practicing physical therapists who currently hold baccalaureate or master’s degrees in physical therapy. This innovative online programintegrates art and science, as well as professional and experiential education.

Core courses within this physical therapy doctoral program include Differential Diagnosis and Medical Screening, Diagnostic Imaging, Pharmacology, Nutrition, and Motor Control. The capstone course, Comprehensive Case Analysis, is a culmination of all work within the transitional DPT curriculum.

The transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy also includes concentrations in a variety of areas including: orthopedics, pediatrics, geriatrics, advanced nutrition, women’s health, education, and business management. If you have a unique concentration interest, you may also complete a directed study on a pre-approved topic of your choosing.

Program Objectives

  • Gain the knowledge and skills required to competently screen patients for musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular and pulmonary, and integumentary conditions, interpret clinical findings, and make sound clinical judgments
  • Evaluate the clinical interpretation of various medical imaging techniques, including plain film radiography, magnetic resonance imaging, and computerized tomography
  • Write, refine, and analyze a comprehensive and publishable case report that addresses the patient/client management model, clinical decision-making processes, and resource utilization
  • Examine current motor control concepts, along with state-of-the-art technology and equipment
  • Review advanced pharmacologic management concepts, including the interrelationship between pharmacologic management and physical therapy interventions


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