School of Health Professions
HomeHealth ProfessionsTransitional Doctor of Physical Therapy

The Profession

The transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT) degree pathway provides a route for licensed and practicing physical therapists, with entry-level master’s and bachelor’s degrees in physical therapy, to advance their knowledge, skills, and behaviors to a level consistent with the current professional (entry-level) Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) standards. It is a clinical doctoral degree which differs from an advanced post-professional degree in that it does not reflect the acquisition of advanced or specialized clinical skills, but rather the augmentation in the physical therapy professional body of knowledge and practice over recent years.

The tDPT program is specifically aimed at transforming the experienced clinicians’ knowledge base to allow that clinician to serve as a first-contact healthcare practitioner of choice. tDPT graduates can feel confident in their ability to provide evidence-based therapy services in an autonomous, direct access environment, thus continuing our professions momentum to meeting Vision 2020 – “By 2020, physical therapy will be provided by physical therapists who are doctors of physical therapy, recognized by consumers and other health care professionals as the practitioners of choice to whom consumers have direct access for the diagnosis of, interventions for, and prevention of impairments, activity limitations, participation restrictions, and environmental barriers related to movement, function, and health.” – American Physical Therapy Association

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