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About the Post-Professional DPT Program

The Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy (PDPT) program is designed for licensed physical therapists who want to update their clinical knowledge and skills and transition to the DPT degree.

The curriculum includes 30 credits of coursework, consisting of 18 credits of core courses and 12 credits of electives within a clinical specialty. The core courses prepare students for a leadership role in clinical practice, administration, research, and professional service. Elective courses offer the student the opportunity to develop specialized skills in a clinical area, including orthopedic and geriatric physical therapy. All students complete a doctoral research project or case study.

All students are required to be employed in a Physical Therapy setting while matriculated in the program. This requirement serves to enhance the ability of the student to integrate academic didactic knowledge with clinical skills.

Course meeting times are structured and scheduled with the working professional in mind. The structure is modeled on professional continuing education offerings in that courses extend over two to four full days, Sunday through Friday. This concentrated format also enables the program to utilize a diverse faculty that includes internationally-known clinicians.