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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Post-Professional DPT degree?
The PDPT degree is earned upon the completion of a structured program of study that advances the body of knowledge and skills consistent with the current Professional (entry-level) DPT.
What is the difference between a Post-Professional DPT and a Ph.D.?
The Ph.D. is a terminal scholarly degree which signifies that the recipient has mastered a body of knowledge in an academic field, and done research at a high level in that field. By contrast, the Post-Professional DPT is considered a clinical doctorate, focusing primarily on clinical skills. The expectation is that the graduate will apply the newly-acquired skills in clinical settings.
Can one practice without a DPT?
Yes, if the therapist is licensed and is a graduate of an accredited professional physical therapy program. However, graduates of a Post-Professional DPT program are more skilled, and have a broader base of knowledge of the clinical aspects of the field, than non-graduates.
Are the transitional post-professional programs different at different locations?
Post-Professional DPT programs may vary in many ways, depending upon the school's educational mission and the program's manner of presenting the curriculum.
Why choose Touro College for the Post-Professional DPT?
Touro College is dedicated to your professional growth. The Physical Therapy department of the School of Health Sciences has built a strong reputation through its focus on the clinical approach. The Post-Professional DPT has been designed to embody this tradition of excellence.
Who is eligible to enter a Post-Professional DPT program?
A physical therapist with an earned degree from an accredited physical therapy program is eligible to enter a Post-Professional DPT program.
How long is the program?
The Post-Professional DPT program comprises 30 credits of coursework divided into 18 credits of required courses and 12 credits of electives. The program is designed to be completed in two to three years. Most students take 6 to 8 credits a semester; however, for those who anticipate being unable to take that many courses, the program can be tailored to meet specific needs.
Will the coursework count toward my CEU requirement?
Yes. Touro College is approved by the New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, to provide mandatory CEU credits, as well as regular collegiate-level credits.
How can I apply?
The application is available for download on this website (link). The completed application should be mailed to the Touro College School of Health Sciences, Office of Admissions, accompanied by a $50.00 application fee.
Is an interview a required part of the application process?
Yes. A personal interview with the Director and the Assistant Director of the Post- Professional DPT program is part of the application process.